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

Examples include Mira Kuisma and Sami Kapanen.

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

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 Finland Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Finland.
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Teemu Selänne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Teemu Ilmari Selänne, nicknamed "The Finnish Flash", is a Finnish former professional ice hockey winger. He began his professional career in 1989–90 with Jokerit of the SM-liiga ...more
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38 19
Kiira Korpi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Kiira Linda Katriina Korpi is a Finnish figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist, the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup champion, a two-time Cup of ...more
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Kaisa Mäkäräinen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Kaisa-Leena Mäkäräinen is a Finnish biathlete, who currently competes for Kontiolahden Urheilijat. Outside of sports, Mäkäräinen is currently studying to be a ...more
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24 12
Hanna-Maria Seppälä is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Ag47 added
Hanna-Maria Seppälä is a freestyle swimmer from Finland, who won the world title in the 100 m freestyle at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Hanna-Maria ...more
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23 12
Laura Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Laura Anneli Lepistö is a Finnish former figure skater. She is the 2010 World bronze medalist, the 2009 European Champion and 2008 and 2010 Finnish national champion. After missing two ...more
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Saku Koivu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Saku Antero Koivu is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. He began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1995–96 after three seasons with TPS ...more
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Virpi Sarasvuo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Women's 4x5 km Relay
Virpi Katriina Sarasvuo is a Finnish cross country skier who competed from 1995 to 2010. She won a bronze medal in the team sprint event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and earned her best ...more
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Mari Pehkonen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Mari Pehkonen is an ice hockey player.
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Mikko Koivu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Mikko Sakari Koivu is a Finnish professional ice hockey center who currently serves as captain of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. Koivu was the captain for the gold-winning ...more
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Janne Ahonen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Janne Petteri Ahonen is a Finnish ski jumper.
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14 9
Noora Raty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Women's Ice Hockey
Noora Raty is an ice hockey player.  
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13 8
Silja Lehtinen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Ag47 added Women's Yngling - Keelboat
Silja Lehtinen is an athlete. She represented Findland in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Olli Jokinen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Olli Veli Pekka Jokinen is a Finnish professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings third ...more
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13 9
Kimmo Timonen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Kimmo Samuel Timonen is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.
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13 9
Niklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Niklas Oskar Bäckström is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. He has won both William M. Jennings ...more
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11 7
Miikka Kiprusoff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Miikka Sakari Kiprusoff is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks during his National Hockey League career. He was selected in ...more
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10 6
Saara Tuominen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Women's Ice Hockey
Saara Tuominen is an ice hockey player.
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Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Women's 30 km, Mass start, Women's 4x5 km Relay
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 1998.
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11 8
Janne Niinimaa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Janne Henrik Niinimaa is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, ...more
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9 6
Sami Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Sami Lepistö is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is the son of former Jokerit captain and youth international ...more
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8 5
Jere Lehtinen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Jere Kalervo Lehtinen is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. He played right wing. He was drafted 88th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. Lehtinen ...more
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7 4
Marcus Sandell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Marcus Sandell is an alpine skier.
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10 8
Petteri Nummelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Timo Petteri Nummelin is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, and a former NHL defenceman for the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. He currently plays for Lukko Rauma in ...more
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9 7
Tanja Poutiainen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Women's Giant Slalom
Tanja Tuulia Poutiainen is a retired World Cup alpine ski racer from Finland. She specialized in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, and was the silver medalist in the women's giant ...more
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9 7
Niklas Hagman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Finland
Men's Ice Hockey
Niklas Hagman is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League. He was a third round pick of the Florida Panthers, 70th overall, at the ...more