At a glance

26 Feb 1973 Danvers, United States of America
Jenny Beth
177 cm / 69 kg 5'10'' / 151 pounds
Female
With 12 medals and eight gold medals, Jenny Thompson has won more swimming medals and gold medals than any woman in Olympic history. But all eight of her gold medals came in relays, and this immensely talented swimmer was frustrated in her attempt to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Her only individual medals were a silver in the 1992 100 freestyle and a bronze in the same event in 2000. While attending Columbia Medical School, Thompson came out of retirement and made the 2004 Olympic team, and won two relay silver medals in Athens. Twenty-three times a national champion,...

With 12 medals and eight gold medals, Jenny Thompson has won more swimming medals and gold medals than any woman in Olympic history. But all eight of her gold medals came in relays, and this immensely talented swimmer was frustrated in her attempt to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Her only individual medals were a silver in the 1992 100 freestyle and a bronze in the same event in 2000. While attending Columbia Medical School, Thompson came out of retirement and made the 2004 Olympic team, and won two relay silver medals in Athens. Twenty-three times a national champion, she was more successful individually at the World Championships, winning the 100 free and 100 fly at the 1998 worlds. At the other major international event, the Pan-Pacifics, Thompson also won the 50 free four times (1989, 1991, 1993, 1999), the 100 free four times (1993-99), and the 100 fly three times (1993, 1997-1999). Among all female Olympians, Thompson's eight gold medals are surpassed only by Larysa Latynina's nine in gymnastics, and equaled by Birgit Fischer-Schmidt in canoeing.

Thompson has since become a physician, specializing as a pediatric anaesthesiologist. She did her internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, followed by anaesthesia residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, and then a pediatric anaesthesia fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Thompson practiced anaesthesia in Portland, Maine.

Jenny in numbers

4
Olympics
Olympics
12
medals
Gold medal:8 Silver medal:3 Bronze medal:1
  • Athens
    Athens 2004
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Athens
    Athens 2004
    • 7
      Swimming
      50 metres Freestyle
    • 5
      Swimming
      100 metres Butterfly
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
  • Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    • =3 Bronze medal
      Swimming
      100 metres Freestyle
    • 5
      Swimming
      100 metres Butterfly
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
  • Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
  • Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    • 5
      Swimming
      50 metres Freestyle
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      100 metres Freestyle
    • 17
      Swimming
      200 metres Freestyle
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Medley Relay

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