Let’s have a look at the below list of Top 10 Highest Paid Olympic Athletes in The World in 2016 and 2017. “It is always an honour to have represented your country at the highest level.” Olympics Games are the greatest international sporting event that has only grown up through the years. It is the stage that shows dreams can come true if one tries; it’s nothing impossible. This statement has been reconfirmed every time with world’s most talented people making it big and gracing the show. Not only they are true entertainers, but also are well established in their career in terms of earning.
Here are the top 10 athletes who have created numerous records through their magnificent skill and talent. With such achievement, they have went on to become the highest paid Olympic athletes in the world 2016. Check out the list.
Table of Contents
- 10. Jenny Thompson
- 9. Sawao Kato
- 8. Bjørn Dæhlie
- 7. Birgit Fischer
- 6. Ole Einar Bjørndalen
- 5. Carl Lewis (Net Worth $20 million)
- 4. Mark Spitz (Net Worth $20 million)
- 3. Paavo Nurmi
- 2. Larisa Latynina
- 1. Michael Phelps (Net Worth $45 million)
List of the world’s Top 10 highest paid Olympic athletes in 2016-2017
10. Jenny Thompson
During 1990s, Jenny Thompson was most dominant women from America in swimming. Her career in Olympics and hence achievements are quite interesting. Winning 8 gold medals in Olympics, she swims faster than she walks. Thompson is one of the speediest women in the world who has also received the maximum number of awards in free-form races as a woman. Jenny Thompson is the legend and one of the highest paid Olympic athletes in the world 2016.
9. Sawao Kato
Sawao Kato is another legend in Olympics born in Japan. He made a record by winning 8 gold awards in gymnastic in men’s category and is the best in aerobatic. He was in the winning all-around team in the years 1968, 1972, 1976. Kato also bought gold medals in Individual titles of floor exercises and parallel bars. He was also a member of the winning Japanese team in 1974. Sawao Kato is 9th of the top 10 highest paid Olympic athletes in the world.
8. Bjørn Dæhlie
Born in Norway, Dæhlie is the most successful male in the category of Nordic skier in the history of Olympics. He won as many as 13 medals and 8 gold medals. What is more important about this player is his super execution. Dæhlie is one of the most successful athletes and highest paid Olympic athletes of all times. However, after his retirement from skiing, he is now a successful businessman in the real estate industry.
7. Birgit Fischer
Now she is the greatest women canoeist in Olympics of all time. Born in Germany, Birgit Fischer made it big by winning 37 medals, 27 gold decorations (World championship), 12 Olympic medals, 8 gold medals. Certainly one among the highest paid Olympic athletes, Fischer won in total 80 gold and never a silver or bronze. This star entertainer of the world at the age of 42 has become the oldest ever Olympic champion in canoeing.
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6. Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Having a record of winning 13 awards, Ole Einar Bjørndalen is considered to be the greatest biathletes in the world of all time. He has a record of winning two gold medals in single Winter Olympics. Biathlete is a very demanding sport with a combination of rifle marksmanship and high speed cross country skiing. Ole Einar Bjørndalen is the most decorated and among the highest paid Olympic athletes 2015-16.
5. Carl Lewis (Net Worth $20 million)
One of the best track runners of the world, he has won 10 Olympics decorations out of which 9 are gold. His career spanned over the years of 1979 to 1996 but even today, he is considered to be to racers of all time. The International Olympic Committee IOC has voted Carl Lewis as the highest paid Sportsman of the Century and today is 5th among the 10 highest paid Olympic athletes in the world.
4. Mark Spitz (Net Worth $20 million)
Mark Spitz is one of the world’s top and swiftest swimmers having numerous other grants in his name. Winning around 11 awards, nine of which are gold, one silver and one bronze, Spitz has set as many as 33 World records from 1968 to 1972. Mark Spitz started building his career at an early age when he held records of 17 national age groups by the age of 10. In the present day, he has made to the list of highest paid Olympic athletes.
3. Paavo Nurmi
Paavo Nurmi is known to the world as ‘Flying Finn’ for his exceptional skill in being freakishly fast in middle and long distance. He has 22 records and won 9 decorations from 1920 to 1928, 7 of which are individual wins and rest 2 were won by groups. Born in Finland, he dominated long distance running during 1920s. He held the world record for 4 min 10.4 sec mile run for eight long years and is one of the highest paid Olympic athletes in the world.
2. Larisa Latynina
Standing in the second position is a Soviet gymnast, Larisa Latynina who has won almost 18 awards in total. And from this stunning 18, she has won 14 awards individually and the rest 4 in group. Larisa has this highest record for any athlete in Olympics history, also making her one of the highest-paid female athletes and also highest paid Olympic athletes in the world. She debuted in the international arena at Rome World Championships in the year 1954 and went on to win a gold medal in the team competition.
1. Michael Phelps (Net Worth $45 million)
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Michael Phelps is the highest paid Olympic athletes in the world. He is a swimmer from the United States who has so far collected as many as 22 awards, 18 of which are gold. Swimming came into Michael’s life from the idea of burning off excess energy, that’s how he started when 7. But by 10, he was diagnosed with ADHD. Despite all odds, he is the youngest male who has made it to the U.S. swim team in 68 years.
Hence, these were the most successful people who have made it big in the prestigious Olympics Games. Till more names get added after Michael Phelps, this is the present list of top 10 highest paid Olympic athletes in the world 2016-2017.