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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Tatiana Guderzo is listed (or ranked) 1 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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16 1
Carolina Kostner is listed (or ranked) 2 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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38 7
Federica Pellegrini is listed (or ranked) 3 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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14 1
Denise Karbon is listed (or ranked) 4 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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14 1
Manuela Mölgg is listed (or ranked) 5 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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29 7
Valentina Vezzali is listed (or ranked) 6 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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12 1
Roland Fischnaller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Roland Fischnaller is a professional snowboarder.

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16 2
Patrick Gruber is listed (or ranked) 8 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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14 2
Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 9 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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10 1
Christian Oberstolz is listed (or ranked) 10 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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10 1
Manfred Mölgg is listed (or ranked) 11 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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10 2
Gerhard Plankensteiner is listed (or ranked) 12 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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11 3
Oswald Haselrieder is listed (or ranked) 13 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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9 2
Arianna Follis is listed (or ranked) 14 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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12 5
Klaus Dibiasi is listed (or ranked) 15 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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13 6
Andrea Barzagli is listed (or ranked) 16 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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8 2
Patrick Staudacher is listed (or ranked) 17 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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8 3
Ermanno Ioriatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Ermanno Ioriatti is a speed skater.

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Arianna Fontana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Women's 500m
Arianna Fontana is an Italian short track speed skater, who won bronze in the 3000m relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She placed 11th in the 500m and 6th in the 1000m. Arianna ...more

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11 7
Margherita Granbassi is listed (or ranked) 20 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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7 3
Sebastian Colloredo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Italy
Sebastian Colloredo aka "Sebo" or "Collo", is an Italian ski jumper who has competed since 2002. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 11th in the ...more

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6 2
Wilfried Huber is listed (or ranked) 22 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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5 1
Sarah Podorieszach is listed (or ranked) 23 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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10 7
Pietro Mennea is listed (or ranked) 24 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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8 5
Salvatore Sanzo is listed (or ranked) 25 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.