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The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany

Updated October 13, 2018 3.1k votes 237 voters 16.8k views204 items

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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    Fabian Hambüchen

    Men's Horizontal bar
    Fabian Hambüchen (born 25 October 1987) is a retired German gymnast with a full set of...  more
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    Amelie Kober

    Women's Parallel Giant Slalom
    Amelie Kober (born 16 November 1987 in Bad Aibling) is a German Federal Police officer and...  more
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    Erik Zabel

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    Erik Zabel (born 7 July 1970) is a German former professional road bicycle racer who last...  more
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    Britta Heidemann

    Women's Épée individual
    Britta Heidemann (born 22 December 1982) is a German épée fencer....  more
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    Stefan Nimke

    Track Cycling, Men's 1000m Time Trial
    Stefan Nimke (born 1 March 1978 in Hagenow, Bezirk Schwerin) is an Olympic and world champion...  more
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    Robert Bartko

    Men's Track cycling, Individual Pursuit
    Robert Bartko (born 23 December 1975 in Potsdam) is a road bicycle and track cyclist from...  more
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    Benjamin Behrla

    Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)
    Benjamin Behrla is a German judoka, competing in the 100 kg-category. Behrla, who is currently...  more
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    Daniela Anschütz-Thoms

    Women's Team Pursuit
    Daniela Anschütz-Thoms (born 20 November 1974) is a German speed skater. At the 2006 Winter...  more
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    Steffen Wesemann (born 11 March 1971) is a retired professional road racing cyclist. He...  more
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    Christian Prochnow

    Christian Prochnow is a duathlete and triathlete from Germany. He is currently ranked no. 23...  more
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    Jens Filbrich (born March 13, 1979 in Suhl, Bezirk Suhl) is a German cross-country skier who...  more
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    Christopher Zane Kaman (born April 28, 1982) is a German - American former professional...  more

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    Benjamin Kleibrink

    Men's Foil individual
    Benjamin Philip Kleibrink (born 30 July 1985, Düsseldorf) is a German Foil fencer. Kleibrink's...  more
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    Kevin Kuske

    Four-Man Bobsleigh, Two-Man Bobsleigh
    Kevin Kuske (born 4 January 1979) is a former German bobsledder who competed from 1999 to...  more
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    Olaf Ludwig

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    Olaf Ludwig (born 13 April 1960 in Gera, Bezirk Gera) is a former German racing cyclist. His...  more
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    Michael Greis

    Men's 20 km Individual, Men's 15 km Mass Start
    Michael Greis (born 18 August 1976) is a former German biathlete....  more
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    Andreas Klöden

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    Andreas Klöden (born 22 June 1975) is a German former professional road bicycle racer, who...  more
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    Sebastian Praus is a short track speed skater....  more
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    Alexander Grimm

    Men's K-1 (kayak single)
    Alexander Grimm (born 6 September 1986 in Augsburg) is a German slalom canoeist who has...  more
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    Sebastian Haupt (born 17 December 1985 in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Thuringia) is a German...  more
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    Sandra Smisek (born 3 July 1977) is a former German footballer, who played as a striker in...  more
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    Jan van Eijden (born 10 August 1976 in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a...  more
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    Michael Neumayer

    Men's Team Large Hill
    Michael Neumayer (born 15 January 1979) is a German former ski jumper who competed from 2000...  more