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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Australia, with photos when available. These are the best Australian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Australian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Australian Olympian is the best of them all?

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Australia 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. The list you're viewing is made up of different athletes like Hayden Stoeckel and Holly Crawford.

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 Australia Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Australia. If you enjoyed this list, head on over and check out this list of best Olympic athletes from Austria.

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Tando Velaphi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Tando Yuji Velaphi is an Australian football player who currently plays for Melbourne City in the Australian A-League.

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Neil Kilkenny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Neil Martin Kilkenny is a football player who plays for Preston North End. A midfielder, he began his career in the youth system at Arsenal, and went on to play league football for Oldham ...more

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Libby Lenton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's 4x200m freestyle relay, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 100m freestyle Lisbeth "Libby" Constance Trickett, OAM, née Lisbeth Constance Lenton, is an Australian competition swimmer. She was a gold medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 ...more

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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 100m freestyle, Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 400m freestyle Ian James Thorpe, OAM is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any ...more

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Betty Cuthbert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Athletics, 200m, Women's Athletics Elizabeth Cuthbert AM, MBE is an Australian athlete, and a fourfold Olympic champion. During her career, she set world records for 60 metres, 100 yards, 200 metres, 220 yards and 440 yards. ...more

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Ruben Zadkovich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Ruben Anton Zadkovich is an Australian football player who plays for Perth Glory as a midfielder.

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Murray Rose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 400m freestyle, Men's 1500m freestyle Iain Murray Rose, AM was an Australian swimmer, actor, sports commentator and marketing executive. He was a six-time Olympic medalist, and at one time held the world records in the 400-metre, ...more

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David Carney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
David Raymond Carney is an Australian association football midfielder who last played for A-League side Newcastle Jets FC until the end of the 2013-14 season. Born in Sydney, he began his ...more

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Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Lauren Elizabeth Jackson is an Australian professional basketball player. The daughter of two national basketball team players, Jackson was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of ...more

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Sally McLellan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Athletics, 100m hurdles Sally Pearson is an Australian athlete. She is the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 metres hurdles. She also won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer ...more

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Kristian Sarkies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Kristian Sarkies is an Australian footballer who plays for Goulburn Valley Suns. He grew up in Dingley Village, a suburb in Melbourne's South-East.

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Jade North is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Jade Bronson North is an Indigenous Australian football player who plays for Brisbane Roar in the A-League, and is a member of the Australian national football team.

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Adrian Leijer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Adrian Leijer is an Australian football player who plays as a centre back for Chinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan.

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Brenton Rickard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 200m breaststroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay Brenton Scott Rickard is a breaststroke swimmer from Australia. He emerged at the international level in 2006, swimming at the Commonwealth games. He has captured multiple Olympic and World ...more

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Nikita Rukavytsya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Nikita Vadimovich Rukavytsya is a Ukrainian-Australian professional football player currently playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League. He began his career as a striker at Perth ...more

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Hayden Stoeckel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 100m backstroke, Men's 4x100m medley relay Hayden Ernest Stoeckel is an Olympic and National Record holding backstroke swimmer from Australia. He swam for Australia at the 2008 Olympics where he tied with Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin for ...more

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Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Athletics, 400m Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, OAM is a former Australian sprinter, who specialised in the 400 metres event. Her personal best of 48.63 currently ranks her as the sixth ...more

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Mark Woodforde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Mark Raymond Woodforde, OAM is a former professional tennis player from Australia. He is best known as one half of "The Woodies", a doubles partnership with Todd Woodbridge. Woodforde ...more

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Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's 100m breaststroke, Women's 200m breaststroke Leisel Marie Jones OAM is an Australian former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medallist. A participant in the 2000 Summer Olympics – at just 15 years old – and 2004 Summer Olympics, she ...more

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James Troisi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
James Troisi is an Australian football player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Pro League.

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Matthew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Eventing, individual Matthew "Matt" Morgan Ryan, OAM is an Olympic-level equestrian rider. He is a triple olympic gold medalist who competed for Australia. Matt has three older brothers, including the ...more

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Mark Bridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Mark Bridge is an Australian football player who plays as a striker for A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC. Bridge is the club's highest goal scorer, as well as the scorer of the ...more

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Holly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Holly Crawford is a professional snowboarder.

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Matthew Špiranović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Matthew Thomas Spiranovic is an Australian football player who plays for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Australian national team. Spiranovic started his career with Melbourne Victory, making ...more

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Andrew Lauterstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 4x100m medley relay Andrew George Lauterstein is an Australian swimmer and a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Billy Celeski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Blagoja 'Billy' Celeski is an Australian footballer who last played as a midfielder for the Newcastle Jets in the A-League.

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Tatiana Grigorieva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Pole vault Tatiana Grigorieva is a retired Australian pole vaulter. She retired from the sport in 2007 after a 10 year career that saw her win Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medals. She went ...more

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Andrew Hoy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Eventing, individual Andrew James Hoy, OAM is an Olympic-level equestrian rider, who competes for Australia. The London 2012 Summer Olympics were his seventh games. He has won four Olympic medals, three gold and one ...more

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Archie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Archibald Gerald "Archie" Thompson is an Australian football player who plays for Melbourne Victory in the A-League, where he currently holds the all time scoring record after his goal ...more

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Mark Milligan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Mark Daniel Milligan is an Australian football player who plays for Melbourne Victory in the A-League. He is also the incumbent captain of the club. He is a utility defender, originally known as ...more

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Adam Federici is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Adam Jay Federici is an Australian football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship club Reading and the Australia national team. Federici began his senior career at Wolverhampton ...more

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Travis Brooks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Travis Neil Brooks OAM is a field hockey forward from Australia, who won the gold medal with the Men's National Team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He made his international debut in ...more

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Todd Woodbridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Todd Andrew Woodbridge, OAM is a retired Australian tennis player. He was born in Sydney and raised in Kogarah Bay by his parents, Kevin and Barbara. He has two older brothers, Gregory and ...more

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Bobby Pearce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's Single sculls Henry Robert "Bobby" Pearce was an Australian-Canadian sculler of the 1920s and 1930s who won the gold medal in the single sculls at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam and the 1932 ...more

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Anna Meares is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Track cycling, sprint, Women'sTrack Cycling Anna Maree Meares OAM is an Australian track cyclist. She currently resides in Adelaide in South Australia where the Australian Institute of Sport's Track Cycling program has its headquarters at ...more

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Melissa Wu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's synchronized 10 metre platform Melissa Paige Wu is an Australian diver and silver medal winner at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She is an Australian ...more

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Michael Klim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 4x200m freestyle relay Michael George Klim, OAM is a Polish-born Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medallist, world champion, and former world record-holder.

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Matthew Mitcham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 10 metre platform Matthew John Mitcham OAM is an Australian diver. He is the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10 m platform, having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history. He is the first ...more

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Stuart Musialik is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Stuart Musialik is an Australian footballer who plays for Newcastle Jets Youth in the NBN State League.

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Boy Charlton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's 400m freestyle, Men's 1500m freestyle Andrew Murray Charlton, known popularly as Boy Charlton, was an Australian freestyle swimmer of the 1920s and 1930s who won a gold medal in the 1500 m freestyle at the 1924 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Jeremy Rolleston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Jeremy Rolleston is an Australian sportsman who played rugby professionally before changing to bobsleigh. He competed for Australia from 1999 to 2006, then returned in 2008 to prepare to compete ...more

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Kerri Pottharst is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Beach Volleyball Kerri Ann Pottharst OAM is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. Pottharst was born in Adelaide, South Australia and currently resides in Sydney. In ...more

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Alisa Camplin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Aerials Alisa Peta Camplin OAM is an Australian aerial skier who won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the second ever winter olympic gold medal for Australia. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Camplin ...more

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Shirley Strickland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Athletics, 100m, Women's Athletics Shirley Barbara Strickland AO, MBE, later Shirley de la Hunty, was an Australian athlete. She won more Olympic medals than any other Australian in running sports.

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Cadel Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's Mountain Biking, Cross-Country Cadel Lee Evans AM is a former Australian professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. Early in his career, Evans was a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in ...more

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Lorraine Crapp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's 400m freestyle, Women's 100m freestyle Lorraine Joyce Thurlow, AM, née Lorraine Joyce Crapp, is a former Olympic swimming champion representing Australia. In world swimming history, Crapp earned a place as the first woman to ...more

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Natalie Cook is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's Beach Volleyball Natalie Louise Cook OAM is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist.

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Brooke Hanson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Women's 100m breaststroke Brooke Louise Hanson, OAM is an Australian former competitive swimmer, Olympic gold medallist, and former world record-holder.

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Edwin Flack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Men's Tennis, doubles, Men's Athletics Edwin Harold "Teddy" Flack was an Australian athlete and tennis player. He was Australia's first Olympian, being its only representative in 1896, and the first Olympic champion in the ...more

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Nicole Bradtke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Australia
Nicole Bradtke is a retired professional tennis player from Australia. Bradtke won three singles and nine doubles on the WTA Tour in her career. She reached the semifinals of the 1988 French ...more