A former family physician and department chairperson at Buenaventura Medical Group, Manuel Marquez, MD has worked as a tour guide and travel director since 2016. Beyond his professional endeavors, Manuel Marquez, MD
enjoys watching premier international sporting events, such as the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympics.
Fourteen different athletes have won at least a dozen medals at the Olympics. Below are the three athletes who have won the most medals:
1. Michael Phelps – American swimmer Michael Phelps made his Olympic debut at 15 years old in 2000 and, four years later, won six gold and two bronze medals in what stands as one of the best individual performances in Olympic history. However, he improved upon that in 2008 by winning gold in all eight of the events in which he competed. He added to his total in 2012 and 2016 and retired from the sport with 28 Olympic medals.
2. Larisa Latynina – The most decorated female Olympian of all-time, Larisa Latynina won a combined 18 medals in gymnastics in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Olympics. The former Soviet gymnast was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1998.
3. Nikolai Andrianov – Also a member of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Nikolai Andrianov won six gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in individual competition between 1972 and 1980. He also won three team medals for a total of 15 Olympic medals.
Manuel Marquez, MD, has extensive experience as a Southern California medical executive. Among his roles was one that involved recruiting diverse physicians and health care providers. An avid traveler, he recently completed training as a tour leader. Manuel Marquez, MD, enjoys Spain and Portugal, and in the latter country, he has visited Porto, Lisbon, and the country’s traditional center of higher learning, Coimbra.
Situated inland on the Mondego River, placid Coimbra is one of the country’s most historically significant cities and was the capital of Portugal from the 12th to the 14th century. The older section of the city features narrow, windy streets around the hilltop University of Coimbra.
A medieval institution established in 1290, the university is among the oldest in Europe. and its distinctive white buildings overlook the city. Tradition reigns. and students still wear ribbons and lengthy capes in various colors that represent the faculty to which they belong.
Culturally rich, Coimbra features museums dedicated to archaeology and natural history, and is famous for its botanical garden. The city also has a number of storied religious buildings, including the Renaissance cathedral Se Nova and the Romanesque cathedral Se Velha. The Santa Clara convent features the remains of Queen Elisabeth, a sainted early Portuguese leader.