What are medalists?

Some articles on medalists:

1983 European Aquatics Championships - Water Polo - Men's Event
1977 2013 ... Medalists Open water swimming 2002. 2004 ...
Queen Sofía Spanish Institute - Gala Gold Medalists
... Last year's 2010 Gala Gold medalists included Diane von Furstenberg and the Spanish National Soccer Team ... Other recent medalists include H.E ... Other well-known past medalists include fashion designer Carolina Herrera in 1997 and the Institute's current chairman and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in 1993 ...
Fencers Club - Member Notability
... included more National Champions and Olympic Medalists than any other club in the United States, including Olympic Silver Medalists George Calnan and Joseph. 2008 Olympic medalists include Silver Medalists Emily Cross (women's team foil), Erinn Smart (women's team foil), Keeth Smart (men's team sabre) ...