Formiga, a 43-year-old Brazilian soccer player, made history by becoming the player with the most Olympic appearances. Since the beginning of the event, in 1996, the midfielder has made seven presentations and has participated in all editions. She, however, is still far behind the overall leader.
Let’s take a look at the athletes who made the most Olympic presentations:
d’Inzeo brothers – 8 times each
During his eight performances, the indomitable brothers of Italian equestrianism were a regular presence on the podium. In 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1972, the two stole the show as a team, winning one silver and three bronze medals.
Piero won bronze in the solo event in Stockholm and silver in Rome, while Raimondo won silver and gold in 1956 and 1960, respectively. From 1948 to 1976, the pair competed in every Olympic Games.
Rajmond Debevec: 8 times
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Debevec, a Slovenian marksman, was his country’s first recognized representative at the Games. Rajmond had competed for Yugoslavia in two Olympic Games before representing Slovenia in six more.
In Sydney, he won gold in the 50m 3-position rifle and, eight years later, he won bronze. He finished his last Olympics with a bronze medal at the 50m prone event in London. From 1984 to 2012, he made eight consecutive appearances.
Paul Elvstrom: 8 times
A sailing craze in Denmark Paul Elvstrom is not a slacker. The greatest Danish athlete of the 20th century won four gold medals in eight Olympic Games. In his first four Olympics, he won four gold medals, first in the Firefly class in 1948 and then in the Finn class from 1952 to 1960.
Elvstrom has also won 20 world titles and competed in the Olympics four times, in 1968, 1972, 1984 and 1988.
Francisco Boza: 8 times
Boza, from Peru, is the only South American to compete in eight or more Olympic Games. The shooter debuted at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and competed in seven consecutive Olympics until the 2004 Athens event.
After a 12-year hiatus, he qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics and served as Peru’s flag bearer. Despite his multiple appearances, he only won one medal. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Boza won silver in the trap shooting event.
Josefa Idem Guerrini- 8 times
Josefa Idem, a West German rower, began her Olympic career as a member of the West German rowing team. In 1984, she won bronze in the K-2 500m event. After her marriage to Gugliemo Guerrini, she moved to Italy.
Josefa won four additional medals for Italy, all in the K-1,500m event. In 1996, the Olympic bronze medalist in kayaking was followed by gold in Sydney four years later. In 2004 and 2008, she had to settle for second place. From 1984 to 2012, she competed in every Olympic Games.
Lesley Thompson: 8 times
Lesley Thompson, a Canadian rower, made eight appearances in straight sets. She competed in every Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000, then returned in the last three. In these eight participations, the 61-year-old athlete has five medals, including a gold medal in the eighth women’s competition, in 1992.
In Atlanta 1996 and London 2012, she won silver at the same event, and bronze at Sydney 2000. In 1984, she won silver at all four events in Los Angeles.
Nino Salukvadze: 9 times
Nino began her career as a Soviet Union sniper at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. In the 25-meter pistol, she took gold, and in the 10-meter air pistol, silver. She competed for the Unified Team at the 1992 Olympics after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, however, she did not win any medals. Nino competed in the Georgia Olympics for the next six years, winning bronze in the 10-meter air pistol event in Beijing.
Nino was the only Georgian shooter at the Tokyo Olympics, and the 52-year-old athlete is currently the female athlete with the most Olympic participations.
Afanasijs Kuzmins: 9 times
Kuzmins, 74, last competed in the London Olympics in 2012. Since his first Olympic debut in 1976 in Montreal, Canada, he has come a long way. In the 25m rapid-fire pistol, he finished fourth and sixth four years later.
When he won gold at the 1988 Olympics, the Latvian sniper represented the Soviet Union. Four years later he won a silver medal for Latvia. From 1996 to 2012, he ranked 10th, 8th, 14th, 13th and 17th.
Hubert Raudaschl: 9 times
From 1968 to 2000, Raudaschl made nine consecutive appearances. Raudaschl, an Austrian sailor, is one of the few athletes on this list to compete in two consecutive Olympics. During his nine matches from 1968 to 2000, he won two medals.
In 1968, a silver medal was awarded in the Finn class. He won his second medal at the 1980 tournament in Moscow, where he took second place in the Star Class discipline.
Ian Millar: 10 times
Ian Millar, a proud Canadian, holds the record for most Olympic participations. From 1972 to 2012, “Captain Canada”, as he is known in equestrian circles, competed in all but one Olympic Games, starting with the 1972 edition in Munich. Due to the boycott, Millar did not compete in the 1980 edition.
The equestrian sensation came agonizingly close to winning medals on several occasions, placing fourth and fifth in the team jumping event on two occasions. Millar’s only Olympic medal came in Beijing, when he finished second in the team vault competition.
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