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

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    Ariane Friedrich, born Tempel (born 10 January 1984 in Nordhausen) is a German high jumper....  more
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    Kati Wilhelm

    Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay
    Kati Wilhelm (born 2 August 1976 in Schmalkalden) is a German former professional biathlete....  more
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    Aliona Savchenko

    Pair skating
    Aljona Savchenko (Ukrainian: Олена Валентинівна Савченко, Olena Valentynivna Savčenko; German...  more
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    Laura Ludwig

    Women's Beach Volleyball
    Laura Ludwig (born 13 January 1986) is a German professional beach volleyball player, playing...  more
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    Rainer Schüttler

    Men's Tennis, doubles
    Rainer Schüttler (German pronunciation: [ˈraɪnɐ ˈʃʏtlɐ]; born 25 April 1976) is a retired...  more
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    Jan Ullrich

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    Jan Ullrich (German pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈʊlrɪç]); born 2 December 1973) is a German former...  more
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    Britta Steffen

    Women's 100m freestyle, Women's 50m freestyle
    Britta Steffen (born 16 November 1983) is a German competitive swimmer who specializes in...  more
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    Maria Höfl-Riesch

    Women's Super Combined, Women's Slalom
    Maria Höfl-Riesch (German pronunciation: [maʁiːaː høːfl ʁiːʃ]; née Riesch, born 24 November...  more

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    Claudia Pechstein

    Women's 5000 m, Women's 3000 m
    Claudia Pechstein (born 22 February 1972) is a German speed skater. She has won five Olympic...  more
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    Uwe Peschel (born 4 November 1968) is a former German professional road bicycle racer and a...  more
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    Anni Friesinger-Postma

    Women's 1500m, Women's 3000 m
    Anna ("Anni") Christine Friesinger-Postma (born 11 January 1977) is a German former speed...  more
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    André Lange

    Four-Man Bobsleigh, Two-Man Bobsleigh
    André Lange (German pronunciation: [ˈlaŋə]; born 28 June 1973) is a retired German bobsledder...  more
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    Patric-Fritz Leitner (born 23 February 1977 in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria) is a German luger who...  more
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    Michael Uhrmann

    Men's Team Large Hill
    Michael "Michi" Uhrmann (born 16 September 1978) is a German former ski jumper who competed...  more
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    Robin Szolkowy

    Pair skating
    Robin Szolkowy (born 14 July 1979) is a German pair skater. With partner Aliona Savchenko, he...  more
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    Andrea Henkel

    Women's 4x6 km Relay, Women's 15 km Individual
    Andrea Burke, née Henkel (born December 10, 1977 in Ilmenau, Bezirk Suhl) is a retired German...  more
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    Jan Frodeno

    Men's Triathlon
    Jan Frodeno (born 18 August 1981) is a German triathlete. He is the gold medal winner in men's...  more
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    Birgit Prinz

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

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    Sara Goller

    Women's Beach Volleyball
    Sara Goller (born 21 May 1984 in Starnberg) is a former professional German beach volleyball...  more
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    Fanny Rinne (born April 15, 1980 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg) is a field hockey midfielder...  more
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    Ronny Ackermann

    Men's Nordic Combined Sprint
    Ronny Ackermann (born 16 May 1977 in Bad Salzungen, Bezirk Suhl) is a successful German Nordic...  more
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    Jenny Wolf

    Women's 500 m
    Jenny Wolf (born 31 January 1979) is a former German speed skater. On 10 March 2007 at the ISU...  more

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    Paul Günther

    Men's 3 metre springboard
    Paul Günther (24 October 1882 – 13 February 1959) was a German diver who competed in the 1912...  more
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    Thomas Lurz

    Men's Swimming, marathon 10km
    Thomas Lurz (born 28 November 1979) is a German swimmer who specializes in long-distance...  more