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Best Olympic Athletes from Belgium

List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Belgium, with photos when available. These are the best Belgian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Belgian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Belgian Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Belgium is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

List is made up of a variety of athletes, including Justine Henin and Marc Wauters.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Belgian Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Belgium?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Belgium Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Belgium.


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    André Noyelle was a road racing cyclist from Belgium. He won the gold medal in the men's individual road race at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. At the same tournament he also claimed the title in the men's team road race, alongside Robert Grondelaers and Lucien Victor. He was a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1931-11-29
    • Place Of Birth: Ypres, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Road cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's team road race, Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1952 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1952 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Justine Henin, known between 2002 and 2007 as Justine Henin-Hardenne, is a Belgian former professional tennis player and former World No. 1. Henin won 43 WTA singles titles and seven Grand Slam singles titles, including four French Open titles, one Australian Open title, and two US Open titles. She also ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Tennis, singles
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-06-01
    • Place Of Birth: Liège, Belgium, Liège, Earth, Europe + 2 more
    • Olympic Sport: Tennis
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Tennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Singles
    • Weight: 57.0
    • Height: 1.67
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Axel Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. In his professional career that began in 1993 and ended in 2007, he has won an Olympic bronze medal and competed in eight Tours de France, finishing as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times. He is the son of professional cyclist and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1972-08-08
    • Place Of Birth: Uccle, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Road cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race, Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    • Weight: 77.0
    • Height: 1.91
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Kevin Van der Perren is a Belgian figure skater. He is the 2007 & 2009 European bronze medalist, a three-time Grand Prix medalist, and a seven-time Belgian national champion. Van der Perren was the flagbearer for Belgium at the 2006 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-08-06
    • Place Of Birth: Ninove, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Figure skating
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Height: 1.77
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2002 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Robert Grondelaers was a road cyclist from Belgium. He won the silver medal in the men's individual road race at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. At the same tournament he claimed the title in the men's team road race, alongside André Noyelle and Lucien Victor. He was a professional rider ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1933-02-28
    • Place Of Birth: Opglabbeek, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Road cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's team road race, Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1952 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1952 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal
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    Jeroen Van den Bogaert

    Jeroen Van den Bogaert is an alpine skier from Belgium. He competed for Belgium at the 2010 Winter Olympics finishing 34th in the slalom. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1979-03-16
    • Place Of Birth: Deurne, Belgium, Belgium
    • Olympic Sport: Alpine skiing
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Pierre Nihant was a Belgian cyclist. He was born in Trembleur, in the Province of Liège. He won a silver medal in the 1000m time trial at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Track Cycling, Men's 1000m Time Trial
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1948 Summer Olympics - Men's 1000m Time Trial
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1948 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1948 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Karen Persyn is an alpine skier. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-03-31
    • Place Of Birth: Rumst, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Alpine skiing
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Weight: 71.0
    • Height: 1.73
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Joseph Werbrouck was a Belgian track cycling racer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1908 he won the bronze medal in the 20 kilometres competition. He also competed in the 660 yards event but was eliminated in the first round. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Track Cycling, 20km
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1882-01-10
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics - Men's 20 kilometres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1908 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1908 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Pieter Gysel is a Belgian short track speed skater. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-12-18
    • Place Of Birth: Leuven, Belgium, Flemish Brabant, Earth, Europe + 2 more
    • Olympic Sport: Short track speed skating
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Weight: 73.0
    • Height: 1.8
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Peter van Petegem is a former professional road racing cyclist. Van Petegem last rode for Quick Step-Innergetic, in 2007. He lived in Horebeke. He was a specialist in spring classics, one of ten riders to win the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix in the same season. His last race was the GP Briek ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1970-01-18
    • Place Of Birth: Brakel, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    • Weight: 70.0
    • Height: 1.76
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics
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    Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx, better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer, considered to be the greatest cyclist ever. The French magazine Vélo described Merckx as "the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known," while VeloNews of the United ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1945-06-17
    • Place Of Birth: Tielt-Winge, Belgium, Flemish Brabant, 3390, Earth + 3 more
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Weight: 82.0
    • Height: 1.85
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1964 Summer Olympics
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    Tom Goegebuer is a Belgian weightlifter competing in the 62 kg and 56 kg category. He is 164 cm tall He competed in Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 56 kg division finishing thirteenth with 251 kg. This improved his own Belgian record by 1 kg. In the 62 kg category, he participated in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1975-03-27
    • Nationality: Belgium
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    Wim Vansevenant is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. Vansevenant was born in Diksmuide. In his early years he was active mainly in Bovekerke, where he lived with his parents, and its surroundings. Later he moved to Torhout where he has a small farm. Vansevenant turned professional in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1971-12-23
    • Place Of Birth: Diksmuide, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Height: 1.74
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
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    Eva Willemarck is a Belgian bobsledder. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1984-06-28
    • Place Of Birth: Ghent, Belgium, East Flanders, Earth, Europe + 2 more
    • Olympic Sport: Bobsleigh
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Weight: 70.0
    • Height: 1.72
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Bart Mollin is an Olympic Alpine Skier. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1981-03-06
    • Place Of Birth: Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe, European Union
    • Olympic Sport: Alpine skiing
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Weight: 90.0
    • Height: 1.83
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Philippe Gilbert is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team BMC Racing Team. Gilbert is best known for winning the World Road Race Championships in 2012, and for being one of two riders, along with Davide Rebellin, to have won the three Ardennes classics – the Amstel Gold Race, La ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-07-05
    • Place Of Birth: Verviers, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
    • Weight: 67.0
    • Height: 1.79
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
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    Alfons De Wolf is a retired Belgian road race cyclist, a professional from 1979 to 1990. He represented his country at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. He was forecast, with Daniel Willems, to be the successor to Eddy Merckx. De Wolf seemed to fulfill that promise by winning the 1980 Giro ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1956-06-22
    • Place Of Birth: Willebroek, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1976 Summer Olympics
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    Frank Vandenbroucke, was a Belgian professional road racing cyclist. He was the great hope of Belgian cycling in the 1990s but a remarkable talent which appeared in his adolescence in athletics and then in cycle racing dissipated in a succession of drugs problems, rows with teams, suicide attempts and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1974-11-06
    • Place Of Birth: Mouscron, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's road race
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1996 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1996 Summer Olympics
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    Isabelle Pieman is a Belgian figure skater. She is a three-time Belgian national champion. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Belgium
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-09-28
    • Place Of Birth: Brussels, Belgium, Earth, Europe, Western Europe + 1 more
    • Olympic Sport: Figure skating
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Height: 1.72
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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