Sports
235 voters

The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany

Updated October 13, 2018 3.0k votes 235 voters 16.6k 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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is... more on Wikipedia

    More Dirk Nowitzki 

    #23 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#4 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • 2
    Kati Wilhelm
    47
    13

    Kati Wilhelm

    Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1976-08-02

    Place Of BirthSchmalkalden,Germany,Thuringia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's pursuit,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay,Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's relay,Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Women's 4 x 7.5 km Relay,Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Women's 10 km pursuit

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal,Silver medal

    Kati Wilhelm (born 2 August 1976 in Schmalkalden) is a German former professional biathlete.... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Magdalena Neuner
    52
    26

    Magdalena Neuner

    Women's 7.5 km Sprint, Women's 10 km Pursuit

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1987-02-09

    Place Of BirthGarmisch-Partenkirchen,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's sprint,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's pursuit,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's mass start

    Weight55.9

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Magdalena "Lena" Neuner (since her 2014 marriage legally Magdalena Holzer, born 9 February... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Jan Ullrich
    34
    18

    Jan Ullrich

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1973-12-02

    Place Of BirthRostock,Germany,Europe,Western Europe,Earth

    Olympic SportCycling

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Individual Time Trial,Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

    Weight80.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Jan Ullrich (German pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈʊlrɪç]); born 2 December 1973) is a German former... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Britta Steffen
    34
    20

    Britta Steffen

    Women's 100m freestyle, Women's 50m freestyle

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1983-11-16

    Place Of BirthSchwedt,Germany,Brandenburg,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Britta Steffen (born 16 November 1983) is a German competitive swimmer who specializes in... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Maria Höfl-Riesch
    24
    9

    Maria Höfl-Riesch

    Women's Super Combined, Women's Slalom

    Date Of Birth1984-11-24

    Place Of BirthGarmisch-Partenkirchen,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's Super Combined,Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's slalom

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Maria Höfl-Riesch (German pronunciation: [maʁiːaː høːfl ʁiːʃ]; née Riesch, born 24 November... more on Wikipedia

    More Maria Höfl-Riesch 

    #28 of 62 The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time#35 of 43 The Best Alpine Skiers in the World Right Now

  • 7
    Claudia Pechstein
    27
    14

    Claudia Pechstein

    Women's 5000 m, Women's 3000 m

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1972-02-22

    Place Of BirthEast Berlin

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Women’s 5000m,Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's team pursuit,Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 5000m,Speed Skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Women’s 3000m,Speed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Women's 3000m

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics,1992 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics,1992 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal,Bronze medal

    Claudia Pechstein (born 22 February 1972) is a German speed skater. She has won five Olympic... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Uwe Peschel
    Uwe Peschel (born 4 November 1968) is a former German professional road bicycle racer and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Anni Friesinger-Postma
    23
    11

    Anni Friesinger-Postma

    Women's 1500m, Women's 3000 m

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1977-01-11

    Place Of BirthBad Reichenhall,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Women's 1500m,Speed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Women's 3000m,Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's team pursuit,Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's team pursuit

    Olympic Medalist Games2002 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1998 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Anna ("Anni") Christine Friesinger-Postma (born 11 January 1977) is a German former speed... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    André Lange
    25
    15

    André Lange

    Four-Man Bobsleigh, Two-Man Bobsleigh

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1973-06-28

    Place Of BirthIlmenau,Germany,Thuringia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBobsleigh

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBobsleigh at the 2002 winter Olympics - Four Man Bobsleigh,Bobsleigh at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Two Man Bobsleigh,Bobsleigh at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Four Man Bobsleigh,Bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Four-man,Bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Two-man

    Olympic Medalist Games2002 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    André Lange (German pronunciation: [ˈlaŋə]; born 28 June 1973) is a retired German bobsledder... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Michael Uhrmann
    27
    18

    Michael Uhrmann

    Men's Team Large Hill

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1978-09-16

    Place Of BirthWegscheid,Bavaria,Germany,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSki jumping

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSki jumping at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Team Competition,Ski jumping at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Large hill team

    Weight64.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2002 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Michael "Michi" Uhrmann (born 16 September 1978) is a German former ski jumper who competed... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Patric Leitner
    23
    13

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1977-02-23

    Place Of BirthBerchtesgaden,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportLuge

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionLuge at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Men's Doubles,Luge at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Doubles

    Weight83.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2002 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Patric-Fritz Leitner (born 23 February 1977 in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria) is a German luger who... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Jan Frodeno
    21
    12

    Jan Frodeno

    Men's Triathlon

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1981-08-18

    Place Of BirthCologne,Germany,North Rhine-Westphalia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportTriathlon

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTriathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Triathlon

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Jan Frodeno (born 18 August 1981) is a German triathlete. He is the gold medal winner in men's... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Birgit Prinz
    19
    9

    Birgit Prinz

    Women's football

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1977-10-25

    Place Of BirthFrankfurt,Germany,Hesse,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportFootball

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFootball at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's tournament

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Birgit Prinz (born 25 October 1977) is a German retired footballer, two-time FIFA Women's... more on Wikipedia

    More Birgit Prinz 

    #11 of 75 The Best Female Soccer Players of All Time#117 of 149 The Best Soccer Players from Germany

  • 15
    Andrea Henkel
    20
    11

    Andrea Henkel

    Women's 4x6 km Relay, Women's 15 km Individual

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1977-12-10

    Place Of BirthIlmenau,Germany,Thuringia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay,Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's relay,Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Women's 4 x 7.5 km Relay,Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Women's 15 km individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal,Gold medal

    Andrea Burke, née Henkel (born December 10, 1977 in Ilmenau, Bezirk Suhl) is a retired German... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Robin Szolkowy
    22
    13

    Robin Szolkowy

    Pair skating

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1979-07-17

    Place Of BirthGreifswald,Germany,Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportFigure skating

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFigure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Pair skating

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Robin Szolkowy (born 14 July 1979) is a German pair skater. With partner Aliona Savchenko, he... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Fanny Rinne
    Fanny Rinne (born April 15, 1980 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg) is a field hockey midfielder... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Paul Günther
    17
    7

    Paul Günther

    Men's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1882-10-24

    Place Of BirthHanover,Lower Saxony,Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games1912 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1912 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Paul Günther (24 October 1882 – 13 February 1959) was a German diver who competed in the 1912... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Sara Goller
    20
    11

    Sara Goller

    Women's Beach Volleyball

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1983-05-21

    Place Of BirthStarnberg,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBeach volleyball

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionVolleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's beach volleyball

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Sara Goller (born 21 May 1984 in Starnberg) is a former professional German beach volleyball... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Fabian Hambüchen
    22
    14

    Fabian Hambüchen

    Men's Horizontal bar

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1987-10-25

    Place Of BirthBergisch Gladbach,Germany,North Rhine-Westphalia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportArtistic gymnastics

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionGymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Horizontal Bar

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Fabian Hambüchen (born 25 October 1987) is a retired German gymnast with a full set of... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Jenny Wolf
    20
    11

    Jenny Wolf

    Women's 500 m

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1979-01-31

    Place Of BirthBerlin,Germany,Neukölln,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's 500 metres

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Jenny Wolf (born 31 January 1979) is a former German speed skater. On 10 March 2007 at the ISU... more on Wikipedia

    More Jenny Wolf 

    #123 of 238 The Best Female Athletes of All Time#22 of 30 The Best Speedskaters in the World

  • 22
    Amelie Kober
    18
    8

    Amelie Kober

    Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1987-11-16

    Place Of BirthBad Aibling,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSnowboarding

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSnowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Amelie Kober (born 16 November 1987 in Bad Aibling) is a German Federal Police officer and... more on Wikipedia

    More Amelie Kober 

    #14 of 670 Rank the Sexiest Current Female Athletes#29 of 35 The Very Best Snowboarders in the World

  • 23
    Ronny Ackermann
    18
    9

    Ronny Ackermann

    Men's Nordic Combined Sprint

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1977-05-16

    Place Of BirthBad Salzungen,Germany,Thuringia,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportNordic combined

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionNordic combined at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Sprint,Nordic combined at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Team,Nordic combined at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Team

    Olympic Medalist Games2002 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Ronny Ackermann (born 16 May 1977 in Bad Salzungen, Bezirk Suhl) is a successful German Nordic... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Thomas Lurz
    16
    7

    Thomas Lurz

    Men's Swimming, marathon 10km

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1979-11-28

    Place Of BirthWürzburg,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 kilometre

    Weight76.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Thomas Lurz (born 28 November 1979) is a German swimmer who specializes in long-distance... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Erik Zabel
    16
    7

    Erik Zabel

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1970-07-07

    Place Of BirthBerlin,Germany,Neukölln,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportCycling

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

    Weight69.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Erik Zabel (born 7 July 1970) is a German former professional road bicycle racer who last... more on Wikipedia