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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56 28
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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32 18
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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29 16
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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22 12
Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 5 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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15 6
Laura Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 6 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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16 7
Aliona Savchenko is listed (or ranked) 7 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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16 7
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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19 10
Anni Friesinger-Postma is listed (or ranked) 9 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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13 5
Rainer Schüttler is listed (or ranked) 10 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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14 6
Fabian Hambüchen is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Britta Heidemann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Women's Épée individual
Britta Heidemann is a German épée fencer.

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13 6
Erik Zabel is listed (or ranked) 13 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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14 7
Robert Bartko is listed (or ranked) 14 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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15 8
Isabell Werth is listed (or ranked) 15 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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16 9
Birgit Prinz is listed (or ranked) 16 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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20 13
Ariane Friedrich is listed (or ranked) 17 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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21 14
Kati Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 18 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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10 4
Maria Höfl-Riesch is listed (or ranked) 19 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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10 4
Alexander Resch is listed (or ranked) 20 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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11 5
Felix Neureuther is listed (or ranked) 21 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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13 8
Claudia Nystad is listed (or ranked) 22 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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15 10
Heike Henkel is listed (or ranked) 23 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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11 6
Martina Glagow is listed (or ranked) 24 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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12 8
Michael Uhrmann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Germany
Men's Team Large Hill
Michael Uhrmann is a German former ski jumper.