List of Olympic athletes born in Iowa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. These famous Olympians from Iowa have achieved some of the highest honors in sports history just by qualifying for the Olympics, as most athletes will never be chosen to represent their countries. These are the most prominent people from Iowa who have competed in the Olympics, although not all of them have taken home an Olympic medal. While these popular Iowa Olympians were born in Iowa, they didn't necessarily compete for their originating country. Athletes include everyone from Shawn Johnson to Dan Gable.This list answers the questions, "Which Olympians are from Iowa?" and "Which Olympians were born in Iowa?"