Ottey is undisputedly known as the "Queen of the Track".
Her nearly eighteen-year long reign began at the Moscow Olympics. From this beginning, she is the only female track athlete who has dominated the athletics world competing in five Olympic Games. Also she is the only track athlete to have achieved four medals in the same game.
Ottey is the first female Caribbean athlete to win an Olympic medal, the first from the western Hemisphere (outside the USA) to win two individual medals at the same game.
Regardless of male or female and outside of the USA, she has won more Olympic medals than any other athlete from the Western Hemisphere. Ottey is also one of two athletes to win twenty medals at the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
In five World Championships, Ottey has so far won thirteen medals: three gold, four silver and six bronze medals, while at the Olympics she has earned two silver and five bronze medals.