Larisa Semyonovna Latynina is a former Soviet artistic gymnast from southern Ukraine. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals; 9 of her medals were gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. She still held these records after the Beijing Olympics in 2008. UPDATE: Her record for individual medals was broken by Michael Phelps in 2012. Her record for most Olympic gold medals won by any female remains unbroken as at 2018, and is only surpassed among male gold medallists by Michael Phelps.