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The Best Olympic Athletes from Cuba

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Cuba, with photos when available. These are the best Cuban Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Cuban athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Cuban Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Cuba 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 features athletes like Oscar Braison, Yoanka González.

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

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 Cuba Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Cuba.
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  • Yordanis Arencibia Verdecia (born January 24, 1980) is a Cuban judoka. At the 2004 Summer Olympics he won the bronze medal in the men's half-lightweight (66 kg) category, together with Georgi Georgiev of Bulgaria. He also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics with Pak Chol-Min of North Korea. He has also won bronze medals at the 1999, 2001 and 2003 World Judo Championships....  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 60 - 66kg (half-lightweight)
    • Olympic Country: Cuba
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-01-24
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: Cuba
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Half Lightweight (66 kg),Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Lightweight (66 kg)
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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  • Idalys Ortiz Bocourt (born 27 September 1989) is a Cuban judoka. She competed in the over 78 kg division at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won a medal on each occasion. ...  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo, + 78kg (heavyweight)
    • Olympic Country: Cuba
    • Date Of Birth: 1989-09-27
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: Cuba
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's +78 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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  • Yarelys Barrios Castañeda (also Yarelis Barrios Castañeda; born July 12, 1983 in Pinar del Río) is a female discus thrower from Cuba....  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Discus throw
    • Olympic Country: Cuba
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-07-12
    • Place Of Birth: Pinar del Río,Cuba,Pinar del Río Province,Earth,Latin America
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Cuba
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's DiscusThrow
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Mijail Lopez

    Mijaín López Núñez' (born 20 August 1982) is a Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion, and five-time Champion of Pan American Games....  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling, Super Heavyweight 96-120 kg
    • Olympic Country: Cuba
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-08-20
    • Olympic Sport: Greco-Roman wrestling
    • Nationality: Cuba
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Greco-Roman Super Heavyweight
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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