Photo: via Pinterest

Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia  

Voteable
613 votes 77 voters 3.7k views

List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Croatia, with photos when available. These are the best Croatian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Croatian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Croatian Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Croatia 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 many different athletes, including Jakov Fak and Snjezana Pejcic.

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

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

1
46 4
Janica Kostelić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Shirley Tessle added Women's Combined, Women's Super-G, Women's Slalom Janica Kostelić is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and four-time Olympic gold medalist from Croatia. In addition to the Olympics, she won five gold medals at the World Championships. In ...more

2
26 5
Sandra Perković is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
erisedRi added Women's Discus throw Sandra Perković is a Croatian discus thrower, reigning European, World and Olympic champion. Perković's successful junior career culminated in winning gold at the 2009 European Junior ...more

3
25 9
Ivano Balić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Ivano Balić is a Croatian handballer, world and Olympic champion. Balić is widely considered by experts and fans to be one of the best handball players of all time. He was voted 5 times in a row ...more

4
24 11
Ivica Kostelić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's Super Combined, Men's Combined, Men's Slalom Ivica Kostelić is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. He specializes in slalom and combined, but is also one of the few alpine World Cup ski racers able to score points in all ...more

5
14 7
Blanka Vlašić is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
erisedRi added Women's High jump Blanka Vlašić is a Croatian athlete who specialises in the high jump. She is the Croatian record holder in the event, and the former indoor World Champion. The daughter of Croatian decathlon ...more

6
10 6
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
erisedRi added Men's Tennis, singles Goran Ivanišević is a retired Croatian professional tennis player. He is the only person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously ...more

7
9 6
Ivan Ljubičić is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's Tennis, doubles Ivan Ljubičić is a retired Croatian tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 3. He achieved his best results in indoor tournaments played on carpet or hardcourt. Mostly a ...more

8
10 8
Filip Ude is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's Pommel horse Filip Ude is a Croatian gymnast. On 9 August 2008 he qualified for the Olympic final of the men's pommel horse at the 2008 Summer Olympics by finishing third, and on 17 August he won a silver ...more

9
9 7
Ivan Šola is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Ivan Šola is a Croatian bobsledder who has competed since 1999. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 20th in the four-man event at Vancouver in 2010. Šola also ...more

10
5 4
Snježana Pejčić is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Snježana Pejčić is an athlete from Croatia. She competes in shooting. Her first notable success was winning silver at the Juniors European Shooting Championship in Thessaloniki in 2002, and she ...more

11
11 11
Jakov Fak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's 10 km Sprint Jakov Fak is a Croatian and Slovenian biathlete. As a member of the Croatian biathlon team, Fak won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2009 and another bronze at the 2010 Winter ...more

12
9 9
Patrik Ćavar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Patrik Ćavar is a retired Croatian handball player. He played for the Croatia national handball team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where Croatia won the gold medal. As of 2009, Ćavar ...more

13
8 8
Venio Losert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Venio Losert is a Croatian team handball player who plays at the goalkeeper position. Losert was born in Zavidovići, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, grew up in Slavonski Brod, SR Croatia. Winning the ...more

14
8 8
Duje Draganja is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's 50m freestyle Duje Draganja is a retired Croatian swimmer who won the silver medal in men's 50 metres freestyle race at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

15
7 7
Igor Vori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Igor Vori is a Croatian handball player. He is World champion from 2003 with the Croatian national team, and Olympic champion from 2004. He received a silver medal at the 2005 World ...more

16
6 6
Ivan Ratkić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Ivan Ratkić is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Croatia.

17
5 5
Valter Matošević is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Valter Matošević is a Croatian team handball player at the goalkeeper position. He played for professional teams in Croatia, Germany, Spain, Denmark: 1995, 1996-1999 RK Zamet 1996, 2002-2003, ...more

18
8 9
Mirza Džomba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Mirza Džomba is a retired Croatian handball player, World champion and Olympic champion.

19
8 9
Petar Metličić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Petar Metličić is a Croatian handball player. He was captain of the Croatian national team which won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as well as the 2003 World Handball ...more

20
7 8
Ana Jelušić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Ana Jelušić is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. Born in Rijeka, at the time SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia, Jelušić specialized in slalom and competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics at ...more

21
7 8
Vlado Šola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Vlado Šola is a retired Croatian team handball player. He was born in Prisoje, near Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and his family moved to Croatia when he was young. He played the ...more

22
6 7
Danko Marinelli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Danko Marinelli is an alpine skier from Croatia. He competed for Croatia at the 2006 Olympics and the 2010 Olympics. His best result was a 32nd in the slalom in 2010.

23
6 7
Slavko Goluža is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's handball Slavko Goluža is a retired Croatian handball player. He is ex-coach of the Croatia national handball team. Goluža was born in Stolac, SR BiH, Yugoslavia. He was a member of the Croatian national ...more

24
6 7
Natko Zrnčić-Dim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Natko Zrnčić-Dim is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. He won a bronze medal in super combined at the World Championships in 2009 at Val-d'Isère, France, and is a member of SK ...more

25
5 6
Slaven Krajačić is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Slaven Krajačić is a Croatian sportsperson. He started his career as a sprinter specializing in the 100 metres, and competed at the 2000 Olympic Games. Since 2003, he has competed as a ...more

26
4 6
Igor Marić is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Igor Marić is an Olympic Bobsleigher from Croatia.

27
6 9
Mario Ančić is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Men's Tennis, doubles Mario Ančić is a retired Croatian professional tennis player. He won three singles titles and five doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking came during the 2006 ATP Tour, when he reached ...more

28
5 8
András Haklits is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
András Haklits is a Croatian hammer thrower. He represented Hungary until July 1998. He finished tenth at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and eighth at the 2008 Olympic Games. ...more

29
4 7
Dalibor Samsal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Dalibor Samsal is an alpine skier.

30
4 7
Nika Fleiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Nika Fleiss is a former Croatian alpine skier. Fleiss was born in Brežice, at the time SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia. She lives in Samobor. Having started skiing at the age of 3, her best results ...more

31
4 7
Sofija Novoselić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Sofija Novoselić is a Croatian alpine skier, member of the Croatian Alpine Ski Team. Her strongest discipline is slalom. Novoselić was born in Zagreb, at the time in SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. ...more

32
3 6
Mate Mezulić is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Mate Mezulić is an Olympic Bobsleigher from Croatia.

33
4 8
Andrej Buric is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Andrej Buric is a cross-country skier.

34
3 7
Andrijana Stipaničić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Andrijana Stipaničić is a Croatian biathlete. She is the first female Croatian biathlete to win points in World Cup by winning 39th place in 15 km Individual at Biathlon World Championships

35
3 8
Matea Ferk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Matea Ferk is an alpine skier from Croatia. She has competed for Croatia at both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Her best result in the Olympics was a 34th place in the slalom in 2010.

36
2 7
Tea Palić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Tea Palić is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Croatia.

37
2 8
Nikolai Nimac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Nikolai Nimac is a Croatian skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished 26th in the men's skeleton at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

38
2 8
Nina Broznić‎ is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Nina Broznić is a Croatian cross country skier who has competed since 2007. She finished 52nd in the individual sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Broznić has two victories ...more

39
0 4
Alain Blazevic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
berekina added Alain Blazevic