Throughout history, many deaf athletes have achieved considerable success in Deaflympics. Some of these names have left their opponents in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games behind.

Many deaf athletes have not only shown their success in the organizations for the deaf community but have also received medals in the Summer and Winter Olympics. We have compiled the top 10 of these names.

Ildiko Rejito-Ujlaki (Hungary - Fencing)
The Hungarian athlete who was born in 1937 started fencing at the age of 14. Heroaches communicate with her by writing his instructions on paper. Rejito-Ujl, who competed in 5 Olympics, used 3 different surnames. Ildiko, who won a gold medal in 1960 with the surname of Rejito, earned 2 gold in 1964, 1 silver in 1968 and a bronze medal with the surname, Ujlaki. She gained a silver medal in 1972, 1976 won a bronze medal with her Sagine surname. She became the world champion twice in the individual event. She has never been involved in this Deaflympics because it is not in this organization's program.

Susan Jane Pedersen (USA - Swimming)
Californian athlete born in 1953, won silver medal in the 200m individual mix, a 400m individual mix and 800m freestyle races in the 1967 Pan-American Games. Among the hearing athletes, she won the 6 US championship in 100 meters freestyle and 200 meters freestyle.

Pedersen received four medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. (4x100 free and 4x100 team mix - gold medal, 100m free and 200m individual mix - silver medal.) Pedersen's coach Sherman Chavoor, who was fourth in the 400-meter individual mix, also train another deaf Olympic athlete, Jeffrey Float, in a 4x100 free and 4x100 team medley gold, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley silver. Pedersen, the only deaf athlete who achieved this by breaking 3 world records and having 4 national and 9 Pan-American records, became the first and only deaf athlete to enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.

Ignazio Fabra (Italy - Wrestling)
The Italian athlete, born on April 25, 1930,  is one of the history's greatest wrestlers. Fabra who have won two silver medals in the Olympic Games in 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964, gained the gold medal in Greco-Roman - 52kg in the 1955 World Wrestling Championship in Germany. His large population caused wrestling to enter the Deaflympics' program in 1961 in Helsinki. He won 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals in the games he competed in 1961, 1965 and 1969.

Jeffrey Float (ABD - Swimming)
Float, born on April 10, 1960, and from Sacramento as Susan Jane Pedersen, is the first athlete to win a gold medal in both Deaflympics and the Olympic Games. Float who won a gold medal in 10 categories at the Summer Deaflympics in Bucharest in 1977 won a gold medal in the 4x200 free relay race in Los Angeles Olympic Games, 1984. He became the first athlete to say "I love you" in international sign language.

At the same time, the athlete who was the world champion in 1982 in the 4x200 free relay race invited as the guest of honour for the opening ceremony in Summer Deaflympics in Los Angeles, 1984.

Terence Parkin (South Africa - Swimming)
April 12, 1980, Durban-born South African athlete competed 5 times in Deaflympics. Between 1997 and 2013, he won 29 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze medals. In the Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000 he won a silver medal in a 200-meter in breaststroking. Parkin, who also competed in Athens 2004, won a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and in the 400 meters individual mix in the World Short Course Swimming Championship in 2000. The athlete who has countless international successes is the first deaf athlete to enter the FINA's elite swimmers category in 1999 and 2000. In 2006, Parkin, the world deaf champion in road cycling race was awarded the "Sportsman of the Year" awarded by ICSD in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2009.

Semyon Belits-Geiman (USSR– Swimming)
Soviet athlete born on February 16, 1945, won silver medal in 4x100 freestyle relay and bronze medal in 4x200 freestyle in Mexico City, 1968. Belits-Geiman who broke the world record in the 800 meters freestyle became the owner of the gold medal of 1500 meters freestyle and 4x200 freestyle in European Swimming Championship, 1966.

Donald Gollan (Büyük Britanya - Rowing)
The Athlete, born in19 January 1896, won silver in men's eight in Amsterdam Olympic Games,1928. Gollan, a part of the Thames' Eight which won the Grand Challenge Cup in Henley in 1928, lost his life at the age of 75 on August 13, 1971.

Carlo Orlandi (Italy – Boxing)
Italian athlete, born on April 23, 1910, won a gold medal in lightweight category in the Amsterdam Olympic Games, 1928. The athlete who became professional in 1929, won the Italian and European championships in lightweight in the 1930s. In 1944, the Italian champion, Orlando, left the sport. Carlo Orlandi passed away on July 29, 1983.

Jim Ryun (USA - Athletics) 
The athlete, born on April 29, 1947, participated in the Olympics in 1964, 1968 and 1972. The American athlete became the youngest athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games in athletics by 17 years and 134 days.

Ryun who gained silver medal in 1500 meters in Mexico City, 1968, held a world record in the years between 1967 and 1974 at 1500 meters and 1966 and 1975 at 1 mil. Ryun who has selected as the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1966 was a member of the chamber of deputies between 1996-2007.

Tamika Catchings (USA – Basketball)
Catchings, born July 21, 1979, won a gold medal in Olympic Games in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 with the US Women's Basketball National Team. Catchings, who won a championship and a Most Valuable Player "MVP" award at the US Women's Basketball League (WNBA), wore the jersey of Galatasaray in Turkey between 2009 and 2011.

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