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Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia  

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Filip Ude is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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Ivan Ljubičić is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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Jakov Fak is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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Ivan Šola is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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Ivan Ratkić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Ivan Ratkić is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Croatia.
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Mirza Džomba is listed (or ranked) 12 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.
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9 9
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
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Natko Zrnčić-Dim is listed (or ranked) 14 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
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Slavko Goluža is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Patrik Ćavar is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Vlado Šola is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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8 9
Duje Draganja is listed (or ranked) 18 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.
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7 8
Igor Vori is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Valter Matošević is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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5 6
Snježana Pejčić is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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8 10
Petar Metličić is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Ana Jelušić is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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6 8
Danko Marinelli is listed (or ranked) 24 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.
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5 7
Dalibor Samsal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Croatia
Dalibor Samsal is an alpine skier.