Baby names for an Olympic medal winner
The Olympics is just around the corner and the UK is excited for the up and coming games. If you’re as excited as us, or you just love the world of sport, why not look to past and present Olympic champions for a baby name for your little one?
- Michael Phelps – This swimming champion from America won a total of 16 Olympic medals in total from 2004–2008 and returns this year to try and win some more.
- Paavo Nurmi – From Finland, Paavo scooped an impressive 12 Olympic medals in the games between 1920–1928.
- Mark Spitz – A name everyone remembers, this American swimmer was known as Mark the Shark. He won an impressive 11 Olympic medals during his athletic career.
- Carl Lewis – Fellow American Carl won a total of 10 Olympic medals for his efforts in Athletics through his career of 1984–1996.
- Bjørn Dæhlie – The most successful winter Olympics competitor of all time, Norwegian Bjørn won 12 medals for cross country skiing from 1992–1998.
- Sawao Kato – From Japan, Sawao achieved 12 Olympic medals for gymnastics between 1968–1976.
- Matt Biondi – American swimmer, Matt achieved an impressive 11 medals between 1984 and 1992.
- Ray Ewry – Fellow American sport star, Ray Ewry got eight medals for his efforts in Athletics in the Olympic games from 1900–1908
- Nikolai Andrianov – Talented Soviet Union gymnast, Nikolai won 15 medals from 1972–1980.
- Boris Shakhlin – Boris, also a gymnast from the Soviet Union won 13 medals for his efforts in games from 1956–1964.
- Anthony Joshua – Team GB’s final gold medal winner at the 2012 Olympics, Anthony Joshua clinched the gold for super-heavyweight boxing.
- Mo Farah – At London 2012, Mo became the first British athlete to win gold in the 10,000m race. He also went on to win gold in the 5,000m race in the same tournament.
- Luke Campbell – Luke struck gold at London 2012 in his bantamweight boxing bout against Irishman John Joe Nevin.
- Ed McKeever – Nicknamed the ‘Usain Bolt of the waterways’, Ed finished first in the K1 200m canoe sprint at London 2012.
- Sir Chris Hoy – One of the UK’s greatest Olympians, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy won his 6th gold medal at London 2012.
- Alistair Brownlee – Alistair won gold in the triathlon, winning by a very impressive 11 seconds!
- Ben Maher, Nick Skelton, Peter Charles and Scott Brash – Ben, Nick, Peter and Scott won gold for Team GB in equestrianism (team showjumping) at London 2012.
- Jason Keny – Jason Kenny won 2 golds at London 2012 in cycling, showing Team GB they made the right decision to select him instead of defending champion Sir Chris Hoy!
- Andy Murray – Scots tennis sensation Andy Murray overcame his Wimbledon nemesis Roger Federer to strike gold at Lonon 2012.
- Ben Ainslie – 35-year-old Ben became the greatest ever sailing Olympian at London 2012 after he won his fourth gold medal.
- Greg Rutherford – Despite injuries that plagued his recent career, long jumper Greg managed to win gold during London 2012.
- Andy Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory – Andy, Pete, Tom and Alex won gold at rowing (men’s 4) at London 2012, which Team GB has won the event at 4 consecutive Olympic tournaments!
- Philip Hindes, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny – Philip, Jason and, of course, Sir Chris clinched the gold medal for cycling (team sprint) at London 2012.
- Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh – Ed, Steven, Geraint and Peter obliterated their own world record to earn gold medals for cycling (team pursuit) at London 2012.
- Peter Wilson – Early in 2012, Peter broke the world record for shooting (double trap). At London 2012, his hard work paid off when he won the gold.
- Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott – Tim and Etienne struck gold for Team GB at London 2012 for canoeing (double), despite Etienne being involved in a career-threatening crash just 15 months previously.
- Bradley Wiggins – 31-year-old Bradley Wiggins won gold at cycling (time trial) at London 2012, taking his total gold medal tally to 7.
- Helen Glover and Heather Stanning – Helen and Heather clinched gold at London 2012, following a stellar performance in the rowing (pair) event.
- Johnnie Peacock – 19-year-old Johnnie clinched the gold medal in the men’s 100m (T44) in the Paralympic games tournament in 2012.
- Mickey Bushell – Mickey came first in the men’s 100m (T53) in London 2012′s Paralympic games, earning a well-deserved gold medal.
- Richard Whitehead – Another athletic gold medal for Team GB came during the Paralympics, when Richard Whitehead won the men’s 200m (T42).
- David Weir – David Weir procured no less than 4 gold medals for Team GB at the Paralympic games in 2012, winning the men’s 500m (T54), the men’s marathon (T54), the men’s 1500m (T54) and the men’s 800m (T54).
- Aled Davies – Aled saw gold during London’s Paralympic games, winning the men’s discus throw (F42) with 46.14m.
- David Stone – David struck gold at the London Paralympics when he narrowly beat Italy’s Giorgio Farroni in the Mixed T1-2 cycling road race.
- Anthony Kappes – Anthony struck gold at the 2012 Paralympics when he came in first at the men’s individual B sprint (cycling track).
- Mark Lee Colbourne – Mark clinched the gold when emerged victorious in th men’s individual C1 pursuit (cycle track) at the 2012 Paralympics.
- Neil Fachie – Neil earned his gold medal when he won the Men’s Individual B 1000m Time Trial (cycling track) at London’s Paralympic games in 2012.
- Josef Craig – Swimmer Josef sealed himself a gold medal when he won the men’s 400m freestyle (S7).
- Jonathan Fox – Paralympian swimmer Jonathan struck gold in 2012 when he came first in the men’s 100m backstroke (S7).
- Oliver Hynd – Another British Paralymic swimmer that earned gold in 2012, teenager Oliver won the men’s 200m individual medley (SM8).
- Larisa Latynina – from the Soviet Union brought back an impressive 18 medals for gymnastics between 1956–1964.
- Brigit Fischer – A German Olympian, Brigit brought back 12 medals for canoeing between the years of 1980–2004.
- Jenny Thomson – Swimmer, Jenny, brought back 12 medals for America in the Olympic games between 1992–2004.
- Věra Čáslavská – Czechoslovakian Věra, won 11 medals for her efforts in gymnastics between 1960–1968.
- Lyubov Yegorova – Russian athlete, Lyabov won an impressive nine medals for cross country skiing from 1992–1994.
- Kristin Otto – From Germany, Kirstin won six medals for swimming in the 1988 Olympic games.
- Lidiya Skoblikova – Speed skater, Lidiya from the Soviet Union won six medals in the games between 1960–1964.
- Amy Van Dyken – American swimmer, Amy brought home six medals from the games in 1996–2000.
- Ágnes Keleti – Hungararian gymnast, Ágnes, won 10 medals in the games from 1952–1956.
- Nadia Comăneci – Between 1976 and 1980, Romanian gymnast, Nadia, won nine medals.
- Jade Jones – Teenage taekwondo sensation Jade won gold in her bout against Hou Yzhuo at London 2012.
- Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer - Charlotte, Carl and Laura achieved Britain’s best result since 1908 in equestrianism (team dressage) at London 2012.
- Laura Trott – Cyclist Laura Trott became a double gold medal winner at London 2012, narrowly beating America’s Sarah Hammer.
- Jessica Ennis – 26-year-old Jessica won the hearts of the nation at London 2012, when she produced an outstanding performance in the 2-day heptathlon, deservedly winning gold.
- Jo Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King – Jo, Laura (again!) and Dani surpassed the world record in cycling (team pursuit) at London 2012.
- Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking – Katherine and Sophie took the gold for rowing (lightweight double sculls) at London 2012, becoming the first British women to win gold at the event.
- Victoria Pendleton – Victoria earned her second Olympic gold at London 2012, defeating Australian rival Anna Meares in the cycling (keirin) event.
- Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins – After years of silver medals and near-misses, Katherine and Anna finally saw gold at London 2012 for rowing (double sculls).
- Danielle Brown – Danielle struck gold for the women’s compound archery in the Paralympics 2012.
- Hannah Cockroft – Hannah clinched 2 athletic gold medals at London’s Paralympic games, when she won both the women’s 100m (T34) and 200m (T34).
- Josie Pearson – Josie earned her gold medal at the Paralympics in 2012 when she smashed the world record for the women’s discus throw (F51, F52, F53).
- Sarah Storey – Sarah earned herself 4 gold medals at London 2012′s Paralympics, coming first in the women’s individual C4-5 road race and C5 time trial (road) as well as the women’s individual C4-5 500m time trial (track) and C5 pursuit (track).
- Sophie Christiansen – Sophie grabbed no less than 3 gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, coming first in 3 equestrian events: mixed individual championship test, Grade 1a; mixed individual freestyle test, Grade 1a; and in the mixed team championship event (with Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells and Deborah Criddle).
- Natasha Baker – Natasha secured 2 gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, coming first in equestrian events mixed individual championship test, Grade II and mixed individual freestyle test, Grade II.
- Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith, James Roe and Lily van den Broecke – Team GB’s Paralympic rowing team secured gold in London 2012, in the mixed cox four (LTAMix4+) event.
- Helena Lucas – Helena snatched a gold medal at the Paralympic games in London when she secured victory in the Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) sailing event.
- Jessica-Jane Applegate – 16-year-old Jessica-Jane grabbed her first gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning the women’s 200m freestyle (S14).
- Eleanor Simmonds – Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Simmonds secured 2 gold medals for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning both the women’s 400m freestyle (S6) and the women’s 200m individual medley (SM6).
- Heather Frederiksen – Heather struck gold at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning the women’s 100m backstroke (S8) by just over a second.
Photography: Marco Paköeningrat @Flickr
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