Good question. To win individual gold medals in the summer Olympics takes a great deal of dedication and tenacity.
Ray Ewry hold the record for the most individual gold medals in the summer Olympics history with 10. Ray Ewry earned those medals from 1900-1908.
Track and Field was his sport and his events were standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump. All those events have been discontinued.
Ray Ewry total is officially 8 as the 1906 summer Olympics weren’t recognized.