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Best Olympic Athletes from Denmark

List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Denmark, with photos when available. These are the best Danish Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Danish athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Danish Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Denmark 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 ranges from Jens-Erik Madsen to Birte Christoffersen, plus much more.

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

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 Denmark Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Denmark.


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    Anna Stefanie Nanna Fryland Clausen was a Danish diver who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics. In 1920 she won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform competition. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's 10 metre platform
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1900-04-01
    • Place Of Birth: Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, Earth, Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Sport: Diving
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Anders Otto Petersen was a Danish flyweight professional boxer who competed in the 1920s. Known as "Vidunderbarnet", he won a silver medal in Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics, losing to Frankie Genaro in the final. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Boxing, Flyweight -50.8kg
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1902-01-01
    • Olympic Sport: Boxing
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's flyweight
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Michael Vestergaard Knudsen is a Danish team handball player. He is a European Champion, having won the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship with the Danish national handball team. He received a bronze medal at the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship, where he was voted into the All-star-team. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's handball
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1978-09-04
    • Place Of Birth: Hobro, Denmark, Europe, Earth, Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Sport: Team handball
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Handball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
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    Rasmus Quist Hansen is a Danish rower and double World Champion in the Lightweight Double Sculls, with his partner Mads Rasmussen. Quist and Rasmussen placed first in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, third in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and fourth in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1980-04-05
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Mads Reinholdt Rasmussen is a Danish rower and double World Champion and Olympic Gold winner in the Lightweight Double Sculls, with his partner Rasmus Quist. Rasmussen and Quist placed fourth in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, third in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and first in the 2012 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1981-11-24
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    Alex Nicki Rasmussen is a Danish professional racing cyclist. Rasmussen is a track cycling specialist, and was the 2005 Scratch World Champion. Together with Michael Mørkøv, Rasmussen won the Danish Madison Championships six times in a row, and as such, are nicknamed the 'Par nummer syv'. Rasmussen has ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1984-06-09
    • Place Of Birth: Odense, Denmark, Region Syddanmark, Odense Municipality, Europe + 2 more
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Casper Jørgensen is a Danish professional racing cyclist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Track cycling, Team Pursuit (4000m)
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team pursuit
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Anne van Olst

    Anne Jensen-Van Olst is a Danish dressage rider. She was part of the Bronze winning Danish team at the Olympic games in Beijing 2008 and finished 23rd in the individual dressage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, riding Clearwater. more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1962-03-28
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    Lasse Moelgaard is a cross-country skier. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-03-22
    • Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Søren Peter Petersen was a Danish heavyweight professional boxer who competed in the 1920s and 1930s. He was born in Kolding and died in Belgium. Petersen won a silver medal in boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics, losing to British boxer Ronald Rawson in the final. He followed his 1920 achievements ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Boxing, Heavyweight +79.4kg
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1894-12-06
    • Place Of Birth: Kolding, Denmark, Europe, Earth, Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Sport: Boxing
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's heavyweight, Boxing at the 1924 Summer Olympics - Men's heavyweight
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics, 1924 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Birte Christoffersen, later Hanson, later Ekberg, is a Danish and later Swedish diver who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and in the 1960 Summer Olympics. She was born in Copenhagen. In 1948 she represented Denmark and won the bronze medal in the 10 metre platform ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's 10 metre platform
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1924-03-28
    • Place Of Birth: Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, Earth, Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Sport: Diving
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1948 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1948 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1948 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Sebastian Sørensen is a Danish cross country skier who has competed since 2002. He finished third in the 10 km qualification for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2005 in Oberstdorf, Sørensen finished 20th in the 4 x 10 km ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1984-08-14
    • Place Of Birth: Hillerod, Denmark, Europe, Earth, Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Troels Bunger is a cross-country skier. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1982
    • Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Asger Fischer Moelgaard is a cross-country skier. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-12-07
    • Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Rikke Hørlykke Bruun Jørgensen is a Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's handball
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1976-05-02
    • Olympic Sport: Team handball
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Handball at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's handball
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Johannes Eriksen

    Johannes Thorvald Eriksen was a Danish wrestler who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics, in the 1912 Summer Olympics, and in the 1920 Summer Olympics. He was born and died in Frederiksberg. In 1908, he was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Greco-Roman middleweight competition. Four years later, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling, Light Heavyweight 75-82.5kg
    • Date Of Birth: 1889-06-12
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Wrestling at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's Greco-Roman Light Heavyweight
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Mogens Frey

    Mogens Frey Jensen is a retired Danish amateur cyclist who competed successfully both on the road and on track. He won, along with Gunnar Asmussen, Per Lyngemark and Reno Olsen, a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the 4 km team pursuit and finished second individually. However, he is more famous ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1941
    • Olympic Sport: Cycling
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1968 Summer Olympics
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    Jens-Erik Madsen is a Danish professional racing cyclist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Track cycling, Team Pursuit (4000m)
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1981-03-30
    • Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team pursuit
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Michael Mørkøv Christensen is a Danish professional racing cyclist on UCI ProTeam Tinkoff-Saxo. Mørkøv started as a track cyclist, becoming national champion in the points race in 2004. In the 2008 Olympic games, he won the silver medal in the team pursuit. As a road cyclist, Mørkøv became national time ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Track cycling, Team Pursuit (4000m)
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1985-04-30
    • Place Of Birth: Fredensborg municipality, Denmark, Europe, Earth, Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Sport: Track cycling
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team pursuit
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Henry Petersen was a Danish athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault. He competed for Denmark in the 1920 Summer Olympics held in Antwerp, Belgium in the pole vault where he won the silver medal behind the gold medal winner Frank Foss. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Pole vault
    • Olympic Country: Denmark
    • Date Of Birth: 1900-10-01
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's pole vault
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1920 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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