Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy  

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

Matteo Soragna and Alexander Ploner are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Italian Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Italy?"

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 Italy Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Italy.
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Federica Pellegrini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Federica Pellegrini Women's 200m freestyle

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Valentina Vezzali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Valentina Vezzali Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team

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Carolina Kostner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Andrea Barzagli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Andrea Barzagli Men's football

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Tatiana Guderzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Tatiana Guderzo Women's Road cycling, individual road race

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Denise Karbon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Manuela Mölgg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Patrick Gruber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Arianna Follis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Jordan Giordano added Andrea Bargnani Basketball Player

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Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Armin Zöggeler Men's Singles

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Roland Fischnaller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Margherita Granbassi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Margherita Granbassi Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team

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Corinna Boccacini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Salvatore Sanzo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Salvatore Sanzo Men's Foil individual

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Marianna Longa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Sarah Podorieszach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Giulia Quintavalle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Giulia Quintavalle Women's Judo, 52 - 57kg (Lightweight)

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Klaus Dibiasi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Klaus Dibiasi Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard

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Pietro Mennea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
smed1964 added Pietro Mennea Men's Athletics, 200m

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Alex Zanardi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
smed1964 added Alex Zanardi

The Best Athletes of All Time

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Oswald Haselrieder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Daniela Ceccarelli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Daniela Ceccarelli Women's Super-G

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Manfred Mölgg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Christian Oberstolz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Giovanna Trillini is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Giovanna Trillini Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team

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Nicole Della Monica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Nicole Della Monica Pair skating

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Chiara Costazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Wendy Siorpaes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Marco Pantani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Marco Pantani Men's Road cycling, individual road race

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Pietro Piller Cottrer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Pietro Piller Cottrer Men's Cross Country - 30km Pursuit, Men's Cross-Country, 15 km

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Patrick Staudacher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Matteo Tagliariol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Matteo Tagliariol Men's Épée team, Men's Épée individual

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Gerhard Plankensteiner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Elisa Cusma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Elisa Cusma Women's Athletics, 800m

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Walter Bormolini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Magda Genuin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Denis Marconato is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Denis Marconato Men's basketball

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Giorgio Di Centa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Giorgio Di Centa Men's 50km freestyle

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Filippo Pozzato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Filippo Pozzato Men's Road cycling, individual road race

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Ermanno Ioriatti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Simone Malusa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Meinhard Erlacher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Patrick Thaler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Wilfried Huber is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Nedo Nadi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Nedo Nadi Men's Foil individual, Men's Sabre individual

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Mauro Nespoli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Mauro Nespoli Men's Archery, team

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Giovanni Pellielo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Giovanni Pellielo Men's Trap

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Alberto Schieppati is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy

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Yannick Kocon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Yannick Kocon Pair skating