The Greatest Softball Player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Softball Player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Softball Player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.olympic poster

The best all-time performing softball player at the Olympic Games is USA player Laura Berg who won three gold medals and one silver between 1996 and 2008, a medal for the first four years that softball was on the Olympic Games program. Three Japanese players have won two gold medals, having needed to wait 13 years bnetween 2012 ansd 2021 for softball to come back on the Olympic program. See the table below to see all the athletes with at least two gold medals in softball.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Softball Players

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of softball for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt). Included on this list are all players that have won at least two gold medals.

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Softball at the Olympic Games (including 2021)

rank name country Gold Silver Bronze total
1 Laura Berg USA 3 1 0 4 20
=2 Leah O'Brien USA 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Lisa Fernandez USA 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Lori Harrigan USA 3 0 0 3 18
=5 Crystl Bustos USA 2 1 0 3 14
=5 Stacey Nuveman USA 2 1 0 3 14
=7 Yukiko Ueno Japan 2 0 1 3 13
=7 Eri Yamada Japan 2 0 1 3 13
=9 Christa Lee Williams USA 2 0 0 2 12
=9 Sheila Cornell USA 2 0 0 2 12
=9 Michele Smith USA 2 0 0 2 12
=9 Dot Richardson USA 2 0 0 2 12
=9 Yukiyo Mine Japan 2 0 0 2 12

notes: initial data from wikipedia of Olympic gold medalists (with at least 2 gold medals, including results up to 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.


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