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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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81 28
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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72 29
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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64 29
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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66 32
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 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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62 29
Sally McLellan is listed (or ranked) 9 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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David Carney is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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55 30
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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46 23
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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Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Hayden Stoeckel is listed (or ranked) 15 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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52 30
Nikita Rukavytsya is listed (or ranked) 16 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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28 10
Brenton Rickard is listed (or ranked) 17 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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78 55
Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 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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25 10
Mark Woodforde is listed (or ranked) 19 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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24 10
Matthew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 20 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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64 47
James Troisi is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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18 7
Andrew Lauterstein is listed (or ranked) 24 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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54 41
Matthew Špiranović is listed (or ranked) 25 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