Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands  

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This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from Netherlands, with photos when available. These are the best Dutch Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Dutch athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Dutch Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Netherlands 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 Olympic athletes of all kinds, from Bart Brentjens to Erik Dekker.

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 Netherlands Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Netherlands.

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Ireen Wüst is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 1500m, Women's 3000 m Ireen Wüst is a Dutch long track allround speed skater. At the age of 19, on 12 February 2006, Wüst won the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games 3000-meter event. She is the ...more

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Sven Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's Team Pursuit, Speed skating - Men's 5000m Sven Kramer is a Dutch long track speed skater who has won an all-time men's record seven World Allround Championships as well as a men's record seven European Allround Championships. He is the ...more

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Inge de Bruijn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 50m freestyle, Women's 100m freestyle Inge de Bruijn is a Dutch former swimmer. She is a four-time Olympic champion and a former world record holder.

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Pieter van den Hoogenband is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 100m freestyle, Men's 50m freestyle Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband is a Dutch former swimmer and a triple Olympic champion.

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Inge Dekker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay Inge Dekker is a Dutch butterfly and freestyle swimmer, who won the bronze medal with the Dutch women's 4×100 m freestyle relay team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She did ...more

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Jan Smeekens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Jan Smeekens is a Dutch speed skater. He is a 500 m specialist. Smeekens won his first international medal during the 2004 World Junior Single Distance Championships in Moscow where he won the ...more

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Bob de Jong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's 10000m Bob Johannes Carolus de Jong is a Dutch speed skater who specializes in long distances: five and ten kilometers.

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Marianne Timmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 1000m, Women's 1500m Maria Aaltje Timmer is a Dutch speed skater specializing in the middle distances. At the 1998 Winter Olympics Timmer won a gold medal in both these events.

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Anky van Grunsven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Dressage, individual Theodora Elisabeth Gerarda van Grunsven is a Dutch dressage champion who holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by any equestrian athlete and is the only rider to record three ...more

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Marianne Vos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's Track cycling, points race Marianne Vos, is a Dutch cyclo-cross, road bicycle racer and track racer who has drawn comparison to Eddy Merckx as being "the finest cyclist of [her] generation". After winning a ...more

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Mark Tuitert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's Team Pursuit, Men's 1500m Mark Tuitert; born 4 April 1980 in Holten, Overijssel) is a Dutch speed skater who represented Team Beslist.nl. He won gold at the 1500 m at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Leontien van Moorsel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's Track Cycling, Individual Pursuit, Women's Road cycling Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel is a Dutch retired racing cyclist.

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Elisabeth Willeboordse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight) Elisabeth Willeboordse is an athlete.

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Nicolien Sauerbreij is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's Parallel Giant Slalom Nicolien Sauerbreij is a Dutch professional snowboarder. She won seven World Cup races and ranked first in the parallel giant slalom standings of the 2007–2008 and the 2009–2010 World Cup. She ...more

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Marleen Veldhuis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay Magdalena Johanna Maria Veldhuis is a retired swimmer from the Netherlands. She is world record holder in four events. Veldhuis has won eight world championships gold medals and 20 European ...more

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Fedor den Hertog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Fedor Iwan den Hertog was a Dutch racing cyclist. He won the Olympic 100 km team time trial in 1968 with Joop Zoetemelk, René Pijnen and Jan Krekels. He also won the national road ...more

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Diane Valkenburg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Diane Valkenburg is a Dutch speed skater who is specialised in middle distances and was born in Bergschenhoek. She represented her country at the 2007 Winter Universiade held in Turin where she ...more

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Carl Verheijen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's 10000m, Men's Team Pursuit Carl Eduard Verheijen is a retired Dutch speedskater who specialized in the longer distances 5,000-m and the 10,000-m. Verheijen is the son of skater Eddy Verheijen and is in a relationship with ...more

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Tine Veenstra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Tine Veenstra is a Dutch bobsledder who has competed since 2007. Together with Esmé Kamphuis she finished eighth in the two-woman event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Veenstra ...more

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Hinkelien Schreuder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay Hinkelien Schreuder is a butterfly, freestyle and backstroke swimmer from The Netherlands, who also competed in the medley events. She's currently living in Eindhoven, where she is studying ...more

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Arnold van Calker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Oltman Jan van Calker is a Dutch bobsledder, who has competed since 1999. His best World Cup finish was second in the four-man event Königssee, Germany in January 2009. Van Calker also ...more

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Elma de Vries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Elma de Vries is a Dutch marathon speed skater and inline speed skater. She is the older sister of marathon speed skater Bob de Vries.

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Ranomi Kromowidjojo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay Ranomi Kromowidjojo is a Dutch swimmer of mixed Dutch-Javanese Surinamese origin who mainly specialises in sprint freestyle events. She is a triple Olympic champion, winning the gold medal in ...more

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Erik Dekker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Hendrik "Erik" Dekker is a retired Dutch professional road racing cyclist active from 1992 until 2006. He was a member of the Rabobank cycling team from 1996 till 2006. In 2007 he ...more

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Jan Bos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's 1000m Jan Bos is a Dutch speedskater and sprint cyclist. In the late 1990s he was world champion in speed skating and he competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.