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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Estonia, with photos when available. These are the best Estonian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Estonian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Estonian Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Estonia 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 contains athletes like Indrek Tobreluts and Jüri Lossmann.

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

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 Estonia Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Estonia.
Gerd Kanter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Estonia
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Gerd Kanter


Gerd Kanter is an Estonian discus thrower. He was the 2007 World Champion in the event and won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and bronze in London 2012. His personal best throw of 73.38 m is the Estonian record and the third best mark of all-time. He made his first Olympic appearance in 2004 and established himself a year later by taking the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. He was runner-up at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and won further medals at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011. He won the 2012 and the 2013 IAAF Diamond League in discus throw. ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Discus throw

Olympic Country: Estonia

Date Of Birth: 1979-05-06

Place Of Birth: Tallinn, Europe, Estonia, Harju County, Helsinki-Tallin Euregio, + more

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Nationality: Estonia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's discus throw

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

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Andrus Veerpalu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Estonia
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Andrus Veerpalu


Andrus Veerpalu is a former and so far the most successful Estonian male cross country skier. ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Cross-Country, 15 km, Men's Cross-country, 50km

Olympic Country: Estonia

Date Of Birth: 1971-02-08

Place Of Birth: Pärnu, Estonia, Pärnu County, Earth, Europe, + more

Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing

Nationality: Estonia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cross-Country Skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's 15 Km, Cross-country skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Men's 15 kilometre classical, Cross-country Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Men's 50km

Weight: 73.0

Olympic Medalist Games: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1994 Winter Olympics, 1998 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

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Jüri Jaanson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Estonia
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Jüri Jaanson


Jüri Jaanson is the most successful Estonian rower of all time and the winner of five medals at Rowing World Championships. He became World Champion in Tasmania 1990 in the single sculls event. 14 years later, at age 38 he won an Olympic silver medal in the single sculls event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In Beijing 2008 he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time in the double sculls event with Tõnu Endrekson. He is a member of the SK Pärnu rowing club located in Pärnu. In 2007, Jaanson became the oldest rower ever to win a World Cup event at the age of 41 in Amsterdam. Jaanson had to overcome a particularly challenging childhood, brought on by a severe case of pneumonia at ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Double sculls, Men's Single sculls

Olympic Country: Estonia

Date Of Birth: 1965-10-14

Place Of Birth: Tartu, Estonia, Earth, Europe, European Union, + more

Olympic Sport: Rowing

Nationality: Estonia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's double sculls, Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Estonia
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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is a former and so far most successful Estonian female cross-country skier. Her parents, Anatoli Šmigun and Rutt Rehemaa were both prominent Nordic skiers. Kristina Šmigun-Vähi was coached by her father. On 12 February 2006, she won the Winter Olympics gold medal for the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, becoming the first Estonian woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Four days later, she won a second gold medal in the 10 km classical. On 15 February 2010, she won her third Olympic medal, a silver in the 10 km freestyle race. With two golds and one silver, Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is the most successful Estonian athlete in Olympic history, tying the record of men's ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's 10 km, Women's 15 km Pursuit

Olympic Country: Estonia

Date Of Birth: 1977-02-23

Place Of Birth: Tartu, Estonia, Earth, Europe, European Union, + more

Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing

Nationality: Estonia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Cross-country Skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's 10 km classical, Cross-Country Skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's 15km Pursuit (7.5+7.5), Cross-country skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's 10 kilometre freestyle

Olympic Medalist Games: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1998 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 1994 Winter Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

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