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Jenny Thompson

Full name: Jennifer Elisabeth "Jenny" Thompson (-Cumpelik)
Nickname(s): Jenny Beth
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10" (177 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: February 26, 1973 in Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Badger Swim Club, Larchmont (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 8 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (12 Total)

Biography

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 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.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming Women's 50 metres Freestyle United States USA 5
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming Women's 200 metres Freestyle United States USA 17 QC
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 3T Bronze
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 5
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming Women's 50 metres Freestyle United States USA 7
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 5
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 50 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States Final 5 25.37
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 25.63
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States Final 7 25.11
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 5T QU 25.17
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Eight 2 QU 25.50

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States Final 2 54.84
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU/OR 54.69
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States Final 3T 54.43
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 54.40
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 55.22

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 5 QC 2:01.71

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:39.46 54.01 3:39.46
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 3:39.29 54.11 3:39.29
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:42.36 55.04 55.04
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 3:36.61 53.62 3:36.61
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:36.39 53.77 3:36.39

Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 7:59.87 2:00.01 7:59.87
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 7:57.80 1:59.35 7:57.80

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States Final 5 58.73
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 58.18
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 57.66
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States Final 5 58.72
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 58.91
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 58.77

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:02.54 54.47 4:02.54
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:05.80 58.53 3:10.38
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:58.30 57.25 3:04.93
2004 Summer 31 Athina Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:59.12 58.81 3:04.81