Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany  

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

This list includes athletes such as Fabian Wegmann, Philipp Zwiener, Dirk Nowitzki and many additional athletes as well. In the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, figure skating duo Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot took home figure skating gold.

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 Germany Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Germany. After you are finished voting on this list, head on over and check out the best Olympic athletes from Norway.

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the ...more

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Magdalena Neuner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 7.5 km Sprint, Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 12.5 km Mass Start Magdalena "Lena" Neuner is a retired German professional biathlete. She is the most successful woman of all time at Biathlon World Championships and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. ...more

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Britta Steffen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 100m freestyle, Women's 50m freestyle Britta Steffen is a German swimmer who specializes in freestyle, who is the current holder of the world record in women's 50 and 100 metre freestyle. In 1999, Steffen won six titles at the ...more

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Jan Ullrich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Road cycling, individual road race, Men's Road Cycling Jan Ullrich; born 2 December 1973 is a German former professional road bicycle racer. Ullrich won a gold and a silver in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He won the 1999 Vuelta a ...more

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Anni Friesinger-Postma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 1500m, Women's 3000 m, Women's 1000m Anna Christine Friesinger-Postma is a former German speed skater. Her father Georg Friesinger, of Germany, and mother Janina Korowicka, of Poland, were both skaters; Jana was on the Polish team ...more

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Britta Heidemann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Épée individual Britta Heidemann is a German épée fencer.

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Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 5000 m, Women's 3000 m Claudia Pechstein is a German speed skater. She has won five Olympic gold medals. With a total of nine Olympic medals, five gold, two silver and two bronze, she is the most successful Olympic ...more

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Amelie Kober is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Parallel Giant Slalom Amelie Kober is a German Federal Police officer and Olympic medalist in snowboarding.

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Kati Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay, Women's 12.5 km Mass Start Kati Wilhelm is a German former professional biathlete. Like most German biathletes she is also a member of the German Armed Forces with the rank of master sergeant. She currently resides in ...more

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Claudia Nystad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Individual Sprint, Women's Team Sprint, Women's 4x5 km Relay Claudia Nystad is a German top-level woman cross country skier. She represents the sports club WSC Erzgebirge Oberwiesenthal. Besides her civilian sports career, she serves as a sports soldier ...more

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Aliona Savchenko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Pair skating Aliona Savchenko is a Ukrainian-born German pair skater who currently skates with Bruno Massot for Germany. Savchenko originally represented Ukraine with Dmitri Boyenko and Stanislav Morozov. ...more

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Fabian Hambüchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Horizontal bar Fabian Hambüchen is a German gymnast. He lives in Wetzlar. Hambüchen was the youngest German athlete at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and finished seventh in the horizontal bar ...more

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Laura Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Beach Volleyball Laura Ludwig is a professional German beach volleyball player. Currently forming a pair with compatriot Sara Goller, she represents Hertha BSC. Initially paired with Jana Köhler, Ludwig won ...more

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Ariane Friedrich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Ariane Friedrich, born Tempel is a German high jumper. She won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships and represented Germany at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is the German outdoor ...more

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Rainer Schüttler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Tennis, doubles Rainer Schüttler is a retired German professional tennis player. As of 2015, he is the most recent male German player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament, finishing as ...more

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Robert Bartko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Track cycling, Individual Pursuit Robert Bartko is a road bicycle and track cyclist from Germany, who was born in the former East Germany. He won two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia: in the ...more

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Erik Zabel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Erik Zabel is a former German professional road bicycle racer who last raced with Milram. With over 200 professional wins he is considered by some to be one of the greatest German cyclists and ...more

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Isabell Werth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Dressage, team, Dressage Isebell Werth is a German equestrian and world champion in dressage.

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Birgit Prinz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's football Birgit Prinz is a retired German female professional association football player. She played mostly for 1. FFC Frankfurt and on the German national team. Prinz remains one of the game's most ...more

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Michael Uhrmann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Team Large Hill Michael Uhrmann is a German former ski jumper.

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Robin Szolkowy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Pair skating Robin Szolkowy is a German pair skater. With partner Aliona Savchenko, he is the 2010 and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, a five-time World champion, a four-time European champion, a four-time ...more

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Jenny Wolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 500 m Jenny Wolf is a German speed skater who is the current world record holder, at 74.42 seconds, for the women's 500 m x 2 in long track speed skating. On 10 March 2007 at the ISU World Single ...more

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Felix Neureuther is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Felix Neureuther is a German World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Munich-Pasing, Neureuther was raised in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, and is a member of the German national ski team. He has ...more

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Alexander Resch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Doubles Alexander Resch is a German luger who competed from 1998 to 2010. Together with Patric Leitner, he won the men's doubles event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, United States. They ...more

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Maria Höfl-Riesch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Ari Aries added Women's Super Combined, Women's Slalom Maria Höfl-Riesch is a former German World Cup alpine ski racer. She is a three-time Olympic champion, two-time world champion, and an overall World Cup champion. Höfl-Riesch made her ...more

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Heike Henkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's High jump Heike Henkel is a German former athlete competing in high jump. She won the high jump gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

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Jochen Hecht is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Jochen Thomas Hecht is a German professional ice hockey player currently playing for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. He has played in 833 games in the National Hockey League for ...more

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Martina Glagow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay, Women's 15 km Individual Martina "Molly" Beck, is a retired German biathlete. She now lives in Mittenwald in Bavaria. She was most successful in the 2002–03 season, when she was the first German to win the ...more

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Matthias Steiner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Weightlifting, Super Heavyweight + 105kg Matthias Steiner is a retired Austrian-German weightlifter, and Olympic gold medalist. As a native Austrian, he competed for Austria internationally from 1998 to 2005, in European Championships, ...more

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Jan Frodeno is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Triathlon Jan Frodeno is a German triathlete. He won gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Born in Cologne, Frodeno started out as a swimmer in South Africa at the age of 15, and he entered ...more

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Benjamin Behrla is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight) Benjamin Behrla is a German judoka, competing in the 100 kg-category. Behrla, who is currently ranked at 2nd Dan, won Bronze Medals at the 2008 and the 2010 European Judo Championships. He ...more

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Uwe Peschel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Uwe Peschel is a German professional road bicycle racer and a time trialist. At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Peschel along with Bernd Dittert, Christian Meyer and Michael Rich, captured the gold ...more

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Thomas Lurz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Swimming, marathon 10km Thomas Lurz is a German swimmer who specializes in long-distance freestyle swimming, especially open water swimming. Lurz lives in Gerbrunn and swims for the SV Würzburg 05 sports club. He ...more

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Paul Günther is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's 3 metre springboard Paul Günther was a German diver who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal in the 3 m springboard event. In the plain high diving he competed in the final, but did not ...more

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Fanny Rinne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Fanny Rinne is a field hockey midfielder from Germany.

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André Lange is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Four-Man Bobsleigh, Two-Man Bobsleigh André Lange is a retired German bobsledder and the most successful bob pilot of all time who competed at senior level from 1998 to 2010. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he has won ...more

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Benjamin Kleibrink is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Foil individual Benjamin Philip Kleibrink is a German Foil fencer. Kleibrink's greatest achievement is a gold medal win in men's individual Foil in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. To win gold, Kleibrink beat Kenta ...more

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Patric Leitner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Doubles Patric-Fritz Leitner is a German luger who competed from 1998 to 2010. Together with Alexander Resch he won the men's doubles event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, United States. ...more

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Jens Voigt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Jens Voigt is a German former professional road bicycle racer for several teams, the last one being UCI ProTeam Trek Factory Racing. Voigt has worn the yellow jersey of the Tour de France twice, ...more

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Sara Goller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Beach Volleyball Sara Goller is a professional German beach volleyball player. Currently forming a pair with compatriot Laura Ludwig, she represents Hertha BSC. Initially paired with Frederike Romberg, Goller ...more

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Andrea Henkel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's 4x6 km Relay, Women's 15 km Individual Andrea Henkel is a retired German professional biathlete and the younger sister of Manuela Henkel, a successful cross-country skier. She trained at SV Großbreitenbach. Andrea Henkel ...more

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Sandra Smisek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Sandra Smisek is a former German footballer, who played as a striker in Germany for FSV Frankfurt, FCR Duisburg and FFC Frankfurt, as well as for the German national team. Smisek has played for ...more

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Ronny Ackermann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Nordic Combined Sprint Ronny Ackermann is a successful German Nordic combined skier. Ackermann started to learn to ski when he was five years old and took up ski-jumping two years later. As of 2004, he belongs to the ...more

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Alexander Grimm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's K-1 (kayak single) Alexander Grimm is a German slalom canoeist who has competed since the early 2000s. He won gold in the K-1 event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Grimm subsequently won the 2009 Adidas ...more

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Judith Hesse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Judith Hesse is a speed skater.

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Hinrich Romeike is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Eventing, team, Eventing Hinrich Romeike is a German eventing rider. With his horse Marius he won gold medals in individual eventing and team eventing together with Ingrid Klimke, Andreas Dibowski, Peter Thomsen and ...more

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Robert Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Robert Lehmann is a German long track speed skater who participates in international competitions.

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Anja Huber is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Skeleton Anja Huber is a German skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. She earned two gold medals at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, winning them in women's skeleton and the ...more

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Andreas Klöden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Andreas Klöden is a German former professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2013. His major achievements include a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic ...more

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Max Götze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Track cycling, Team Pursuit (4000m) Max Götze was a German track cycling racer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He won the silver medal together with his teammates Karl Neumer, Rudolf Katzer, and Hermann Martens in ...more