Michael Phelps and Larisa Latynina

August 2, 2012

Between 1956 and 1964, Larisa Latynina from the Soviet Union won 18 Olympic medals in gymnastics. Today, when we think about women’s gymnastics, we think of Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci or Mary Lou Retton. Most people today have never heard of Larisa Latynina. But until yesterday, Ms. Latynina held the record for the most Olympic medals. That was until Michael Phelps won two medals, the second of which being his 19th medal, making him the record holder for the most medals. Ms. Latynina held the record for 48 years.

She was 29 in 1964 when she won her 18th medal. These days, most female gymnasts retire while still in their teens. Quite a difference.

For more Olympics coverage, go to http://www.iweblists.com/sports/olympics/index.html. For a list of the medals Michael Phelps has won, look here and here.


Olympics Swimming records

August 19, 2008

The Men’s Swimming portion of the 2008 Beijing Olympics are now over. Of course there was lots of hype about Michael Phelps. Another interesting point is the fact that there are 16 Olympic records in swimming, and in 2008, all but one of them was broken. That’s the 400 meter freestyle. Here’s a list of all the new Olympics Men’s Swimming records.

In addition, the same goes for Women’s Swimming. The only Women’s record that was not broken in 2008 was the 100 meter butterfly. Here’s a list of all the new Olympics Women’s Swimming records.