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
Women's 200m freestyle Federica Pellegrini is an Italian swimmer. A native of Mirano, in the province of Venice, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world records, and won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. ...more

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Valentina Vezzali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team Valentina Vezzali is an Italian fencer and politician. As fencer she has won six Olympic gold medals in foil competitions. Together with the German shooter Ralf Schumann, the Slovak slalom ...more

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Carolina Kostner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Carolina Kostner is an Italian figure skater. She is the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2012 World champion, a five-time European champion, and the 2011 Grand Prix Final champion. She is also ...more

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Andrea Barzagli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's football Andrea Barzagli, Ufficiale OMRI is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Juventus. He has also represented the Italian national team, and was most ...more

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Tatiana Guderzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Road cycling, individual road race Tatiana Guderzo is an Italian professional cyclist, riding Team Hitec Products. She won the world road race championship on 26 September 2009 at Mendrisio, Switzerland. At the Olympics in London ...more

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Arianna Follis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Arianna Fernanda Follis is an Italian cross-country skier who started competing in 1995. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km at Turin in 2006. Follis ...more

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Denise Karbon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Denise Karbon is a retired World Cup alpine ski racer from northern Italy. She competed in the technical events and specializes in giant slalom.

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Manuela Mölgg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Manuela Mölgg is World Cup alpine ski racer from northern Italy, a specialist in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. Mölgg has ten World Cup podium finishes and appeared ...more

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Patrick Gruber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Patrick Gruber is an Italian luger who has competed since 1997. He won four medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with two silvers and two bronzes. At the FIL European Luge Championships, ...more

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Margherita Granbassi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team Margherita Granbassi is an Italian foil fencer.

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Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Singles Armin Zöggeler is a retired Italian luger and double Olympic champion. He is one of the most successful men in the sport, nicknamed Il Cannibale, for his notable series of victories, or The ...more

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

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Corinna Boccacini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Corinna Boccacini is a professional snowboarder.

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Andrea Bargnani 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
Men's Foil individual Salvatore Sanzo is an Italian fencer and Olympian. He won a team gold and individual silver medal in Athens and an individual bronze medal in Beijing in foil.

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Marianna Longa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Marianna Longa is an Italian cross country skier from Livigno. She started the professional career in 1997, and the first appearance in a world cup race was March 17, 2000 in Bormio. Longa is ...more

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Giovanna Trillini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Foil individual, Women's Foil team Giovanna Trillini is an Italian foil fencer. She is a 4-time Olympic champion and she won an additional silver and two bronze medals in individual Olympic competitions.

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Sarah Podorieszach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Sarah Podorieszach is a Canadian-born, Italian luger who has competed since 2001 and for Italy since 2005. She finished 11th in the women's singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. ...more

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Giulia Quintavalle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Judo, 52 - 57kg (Lightweight) Giulia Quintavalle is an Italian judoka. She won the gold medal in the -57 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Pietro Mennea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
smed1964 added Men's Athletics, 200m Pietro Paolo Mennea was an Italian sprinter and politician, who was the 1980 Moscow Olympic 200 meter champion, and also held the 200 m world record for almost 17 years with his time of 19.72 ...more

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Klaus Dibiasi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard Klaus Dibiasi is a former diver from Italy, who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1964. He dominated the platform event from the late 1960s to the ...more

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Alex Zanardi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
smed1964 added Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi is an Italian professional racing driver and paracyclist. He won two CART championship titles in North America during the late 1990s. He also had a less ...more

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Oswald Haselrieder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Oswald Haselrieder is an Italian national of Austrian descent luger who competed from 1990 to 2010. Together with Gerhard Plankensteiner he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the ...more

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Christian Oberstolz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Christian Oberstolz is an Italian luger who has competed since 1997. He won four medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with two silvers and two bronzes. At the FIL European Luge ...more

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Daniela Ceccarelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Super-G Daniela Ceccarelli is an Italian Alpine skier. In 2002 she won a surprise gold medal in the Super-G competition in Salt Lake City.

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Manfred Mölgg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Manfred Mölgg is a World Cup alpine ski racer from northern Italy. He specializes in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom.

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Nicole Della Monica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Pair skating Nicole Della Monica is an Italian pair skater. With Yannick Kocon, she placed sixth at the 2009 and 2010 European Championships and 12th at the 2010 Winter Olympics. With Matteo Guarise, she ...more

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Chiara Costazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Chiara Costazza is an Italian Alpine skier. She was born in Cavalese, Trentino, and resides in Pozza di Fassa. She won her first World Cup race, a slalom, in December 2007 at Lienz, Austria. She ...more

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Patrick Staudacher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Patrick Staudacher is an Italian alpine skier. He won the super-G gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Åre.

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Nedo Nadi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Foil individual, Men's Sabre individual Nedo Nadi was an Italian fencer, widely regarded as one of, if not, the best ever. He is the only fencer to win a gold medal in each of the three weapons at a single Olympic Games and won the ...more

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Marco Pantani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Marco Pantani was an Italian road racing cyclist, widely considered one of the best climbers of his era in professional road bicycle racing. He won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia ...more

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Pietro Piller Cottrer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Cross Country - 30km Pursuit, Men's Cross-Country, 15 km Pietro Piller Cottrer is an Italian former cross-country skier who won gold medal in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He was born at Sappada, province of Belluno. Piller ...more

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Wendy Siorpaes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Wendy Siorpaes is an alpine skier.

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Matteo Tagliariol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Épée team, Men's Épée individual Matteo Tagliariol is a male Italian fencer. He won the gold medal in the men's épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His fencing style has been described as "technical, ...more

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Elisa Cusma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's Athletics, 800m Elisa Cusma is a female Italian middle distance runner who specializes in the 800 metres.

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Gerhard Plankensteiner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Gerhard Plankensteiner is an Italian national of Austrian descent luger who competed from 1986 to 2010. Together with Oswald Haselrieder he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the ...more

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Magda Genuin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Magda Genuin is an Italian cross country skier who has been competing since 1997.

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Dario Mangiarotti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Épée individual Dario Mangiarotti was an Italian fencer who competed at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics and medaled in seven World Championships. He was born in Milan, the son of Giuseppe Mangiarotti, a ...more

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Walter Bormolini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Walter Bormolini is a freestyle skier.

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Denis Marconato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's basketball Denis Marconato is an Italian professional basketball player currently playing for Montichiari of the Italian Serie B. He is 211 cm tall and he plays at the center position.

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Giorgio Di Centa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's 50km freestyle Giorgio Di Centa is a former Italian cross country skier who won two gold medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics, including the individual 50 km freestyle race. He is brother to Olympic gold ...more

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Filippo Pozzato is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Filippo "Pippo" Pozzato is an Italian road racing cyclist with UCI World Tour team Lampre-Merida. A northern classics specialist, Pozzato has finished 13th, 14th, 6th and 2nd at the ...more

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Ermanno Ioriatti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Ermanno Ioriatti is a speed skater.

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Meinhard Erlacher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Meinhard Erlacher is a professional snowboarder.

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Patrick Thaler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Patrick Thaler is an alpine skier.

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Wilfried Huber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Wilfried Huber is an Italian luger who has competed since 1985. Together with Kurt Brugger, he won the men's doubles event at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Huber also won seven medals ...more

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Simone Malusa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Simone Malusa is a professional snowboarder.

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Yannick Kocon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Pair skating Yannick Kocon is a French former pair skater. Competing for Italy with Nicole Della Monica, he won four international medals and the Italian national title twice. The pair placed sixth at the ...more

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Gianluca Basile is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's basketball Gianluca Basile is an Italian professional basketball player, currently playing for Orlandina Basket of the DNA Gold. He is 192 cm tall and he weighs about 95 kg. He is considered to be one of ...more

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Mauro Nespoli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Men's Archery, team Mauro Nespoli is an Italian archer.