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

Examples of athletes on this list: Andrejs Rastorgujevs, Oļegs Sorokins and more.

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

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 Latvia Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Latvia.
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Martins Dukurs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Men's Skeleton Martins Dukurs is a Latvian skeleton racer who has competed since 1998. He won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and a second silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He has ...more

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Oskars Melbārdis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Oskars Melbārdis is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 2006. He started his career as a brakeman, most notably competing along Jānis Miņins, however starting from 2010–11 season ...more

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Tomass Dukurs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Tomass Dukurs is a Latvian skeleton racer who has competed since 1998. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of fourth in the men's skeleton event at Vancouver in 2010 ...more

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Maija Tīruma is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Maija Tīruma is a former Latvian luger who competed from 2000 to 2013. She won two bronze medals in the mixed team relay event at the FIL World Luge Championships. Tīruma also won a gold medal ...more

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Miķelis Rēdlihs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Miķelis Rēdlihs is a Latvian ice hockey forward, currently playing for Dinamo Riga of Kontinental Hockey League. He has played for Latvian national team in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and ...more

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Viktors Ščerbatihs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Men's Weightlifting, Super Heavyweight + 105kg Viktors Ščerbatihs is a former Latvian weightlifter and politician and a three-time Olympian for his native country. He is 181 cm tall. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, he won the silver medal in ...more

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Mārtiņš Cipulis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Mārtiņš Cipulis is a Latvian ice hockey left winger currently playing for Lev Praha, in the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Mārtiņš Karsums is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Mārtiņš Karsums is a Latvian professional ice hockey player currently playing as a right winger for Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. Karsums was selected in the second round, 64th ...more

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Agnese Koklaca is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Agnese Koklaca is a luger.

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Oskars Bārtulis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Oskars Bārtulis is a Latvian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League. He previously played parts of two seasons in the National ...more

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Peteris Kalnins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Peteris Kalnins is a luger.

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Kārlis Skrastiņš is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Kārlis Skrastiņš was a Latvian professional ice hockey player. Skrastins was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League and was on board the team plane which crashed on ...more

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Sergejs Naumovs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Sergejs Ivanovich Naumovs is a former Latvian professional ice hockey goaltender. Naumovs began career with Dinamo Riga in the Soviet League. In 1994, he moved to North America and had spells ...more

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Mihails Arhipovs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Mihails Arhipovs is a former Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of tenth in the four-man event at Vancouver in 2010. ...more

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Pāvels Tulubjevs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Pāvels Tulubjevs is an olympic bobsleigh athlete from Latvia.

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Mārtiņš Rubenis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Men's Singles Mārtiņš Rubenis is a Latvian luger who has competed since 1998. He won the bronze medal at the men's singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, becoming the first Latvian to win a medal ...more

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Madara Līduma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Madara Liduma is a biathlete. 

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Oļegs Maļuhins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Oļegs Maļuhins is a former Latvian biathlete. He retired after the 2006 Turin Olympics, but announced comeback in 2008 stating that in his plans is to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In ...more

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Oļegs Sorokins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Olegs Sorokins is a Latvian professional ice hockey defender. He played in HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs team in Latvian Hockey League in 2008,before joining Dinamo Riga of KHL for two seasons.

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Oskars Gudramovics is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Oskars Gudramovics is a luger.

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Rodrigo Laviņš is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Rodrigo Laviņš is a Latvian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Herberts Vasiļjevs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Herberts Vasiļjevs is a Latvian ice hockey player who plays as a center and right winger. He currently plays for Krefeld Pinguine of DEL.

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Roberts Rode is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Roberts Rode is an Alpine Skiing athlete from Latvia.

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Kristaps Sotnieks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Kristaps Sotnieks is a Latvian professional ice-hockey player. He currently plays for Dinamo Rīga.

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Kaspars Dumbris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Kaspars Dumbris is a retired Latvian biathlete. He competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics for Latvia. His lone race was the individual, where he finished 73rd. As of February 2013, his best ...more

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Guntis Galviņš is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Guntis Galviņš is a Latvian professional ice-hockey player, who currently plays for HCB South Tyrol in the EBEL, the top tier league in Austria.He has played for the Latvian national team.

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Aleksejs Širokovs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Aleksejs Širokovs is a Latvian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Kazzinc-Torpedo of the Kazakhstani Championship. Most of his professional playing career Širokovs spent in ...more

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Raivis Broks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Raivis Broks is an Olympic Bobsleigh athlete from Latvia.

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Lauris Dārziņš is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Lauris Dārziņš is a Latvian ice hockey player who currently plays for Dinamo Riga of Kontinental Hockey League.

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Gints Meija is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Gints Meija is a Latvian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. He was recently called up to the national team.

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Žanna Juškāne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Žanna Juškāne is an Olympic Biathlete from Latvia.

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Kaspars Daugaviņš is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Kaspars Daugaviņš is a Latvian professional ice hockey player. Daugaviņš currently plays for HC Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. Daugaviņš has played professionally in the National Hockey League for ...more

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Edgars Masaļskis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Edgars Masaļskis is a Latvian ice hockey goaltender, who currently playing for HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga. Masaļskis currently is the first goalkeeper for the Latvian National Ice Hockey ...more

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Daumants Dreiškens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Daumants Dreiškens is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 2003. He won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake Placid, New York, Dreiškens also ...more

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Jānis Sprukts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Jānis Sprukts is a Latvian professional ice hockey forward. He was drafted by Panthers as their eighth-round pick, #234 overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Sprukts has played two seasons of ...more

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Jānis Miņins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Jānis Miņins is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 1999. He won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake Placid, New York, earning the country ...more

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Arvīds Reķis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Arvīds Reķis is a Latvian ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Augsburger Panther in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. He began his career playing junior level in North America, firstly in ...more

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Guntis Rēķis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Guntis Rēķis is a Latvian luger who has competed since 1997. He won two bronze medals in the mixed team event at the FIL World Luge Championships, earning them in 2008 and 2009. Competing in ...more

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Armands Bērziņš is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Armands Bērziņš is a Latvian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Yunost Minsk of the Belarusian Extraleague. He played for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League and HPK ...more

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Aleksandrs Ņiživijs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Aleksandrs Ņiživijs is a Latvian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is also a regular Latvia national ice hockey team

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Anna Orlova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Anna Orlova is a retired Latvian luger who competed at six Winter Olympics between 1992 and 2010. She won the silver medal in the mixed team event at the 2003 FIL World Luge Championships in ...more

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Gerda Krūmiņa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Gerda Krūmiņa is a Latvian biathlete. Krūmiņa competed in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics for Latvia. Her best finish was 18th, as part of the 2006 Latvian relay team. Her best individual ...more

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Andris Šics is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Doubles Andris Šics is a Latvian luger who has competed since 1998. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at Vancouver in 2010 and two bronze medals at ...more

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Edgars Piksons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Edgars Piksons is an Olympic Biathlon athlete from Latvia.

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Kristaps Lībietis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Kristaps Lībietis is a retired Latvian biathlete. He competed in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics for Latvia. His best performance is 19th, in 2010 as part of the Latvian relay team. His best ...more

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Ilmārs Bricis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Ilmārs Bricis is former Latvian biathlete, who has participated in six Winter Olympics from 1992 to 2010. He is married to three-time Olympian Anžela Brice. Their eighteen-year-old daughter ...more

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Edgars Maskalāns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Edgars Maskalāns is a Latvian bobsledder.

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Krišjānis Rēdlihs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Krišjānis Rēdlihs is a Latvian ice hockey player who currently plays as defenceman for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Aigars Cipruss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Aigars Cipruss is a Latvian professional ice hockey player currently playing for HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs hockey club. Until then he played for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League, and ...more

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Juris Šics is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Latvia
Doubles Juris Šics is a Latvian luger who has competed since 1998. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at Vancouver in 2010 and two bronze medals at ...more