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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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Sven Kramer is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Ireen Wüst is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Bob de Jong is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Jan Smeekens is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Mark Tuitert is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Marianne Vos is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Marianne Timmer is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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Marleen Veldhuis is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Leontien van Moorsel is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Diane Valkenburg is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Nicolien Sauerbreij is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Arnold van Calker is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Fedor den Hertog is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Hinkelien Schreuder is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Ranomi Kromowidjojo is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Carl Verheijen is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Erik Dekker is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Tine Veenstra is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Elisabeth Willeboordse is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Jan Bos is listed (or ranked) 24 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.

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Elma de Vries is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Theo Bos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's Track cycling, Sprint individual Theo Bos is a Dutch road cyclist and track cyclist, Olympic silver medalist and five-time world champion. He lives in Alkmaar. Theo Bos is the brother of Olympic medalist in speed skating Jan ...more

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Levi Heimans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Levi Heimans is a Dutch track cyclist. Heimans represented the Netherlands at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he took part in the 4 km team pursuit together with Jens Mouris, Peter ...more

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Liesbeth Mau Asam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Liesbeth Mau Asam is a Dutch Short track speed skater who lives in Woubrugge and who has a relationship with Cees Juffermans. Mau Asam participated at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but had ...more

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Jules Maenen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Julius "Jules" Hermanus Maenen was a road and track cyclist from the Netherlands, who represented his native country at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. There he was ...more

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Jeroen Straathof is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Johannes Nicolaas Maria Straathof is a retired Dutch racing cyclist and speed skater. Straathof was the first, and still the only, athlete in the world to represent his country at the Summer ...more

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Chantal Groot is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay Chantal Groot is a butterfly and freestyle swimmer from the Netherlands, who has represented her country in many international championships since 1999. The best distance of Chantal Groot is the ...more

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Manon van Rooijen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay Manon van Rooijen is a freestyle swimmer from the Netherlands, who was a member of the Dutch Women's 4×100 m freestyle relay Team that won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in ...more

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André Dierickx is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
André Dierickx was a Belgian professional road racing cyclist between 1969 and 1981. He competed in the individual road race at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

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Gerrit de Vries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Gerrit de Vries is a retired road racing cyclist from the Netherlands, who was a professional from 1989 to 1997. As an amateur he won the world title in the 100 km team time trial, alongside Rob ...more

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Gerard Bosch van Drakestein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Track Cycling, Men's 1000m Time Trial, Men's tandem Jonkheer Gerard Dagobert Hendrik Bosch van Drakestein was a track cyclist from the Netherlands, who represented his country at three Summer Olympics. He was born in Mechelen, Belgium and died in ...more

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Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Elisabet van Rooy-Vink is a Dutch cyclist specializing in competitive mountain biking. Van Rooy-Vink represented the Netherlands at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in both the road race and ...more

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Laurine Van Riessen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 1000m Laurine Van Riessen is a speed skater.

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Michael Boogerd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Michael Boogerd is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the leaders of a generation of Dutch cyclists in the late 1990s and early 2000s, together with teammate Erik

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Marit van Eupen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's Lightweight double sculls Marit van Eupen is a rower from the Netherlands. Together with Kirsten van der Kolk she participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where they finished in sixth position in the ...more

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Adrie Visser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Adriana Visser is a Dutch track and road racer who lives in Wieringerwerf. Visser started her professional career in 2001, when she finished second at the Dutch road race championship. She came ...more

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Karsten Kroon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Karsten Kroon is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer who most recently rode for Tinkoff-Saxo, a UCI ProTeam. He retired at the end of the 2014 season.

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Imke Bartels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Dressage, team Imke Anne Marian Schellekens-Bartels is an equestrian from the Netherlands, who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Her mother Tineke was also an equestrian in dressage.

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Margot Boer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Margot Boer is a Dutch speed skater. She is specialised in the 500, 1000 and 1500 m.

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Edwin van Calker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Edwin van Calker is a Dutch bobsledder who has competed since 2001. His best Bobsleigh World Cup finish was third in the two-man event at St. Moritz in January 2010. Van Calker's best finish at ...more

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Sanne Van Kerkhof is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Sanne Van Kerkhof is a short track speed skater.

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Esmé Kamphuis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Esmé Kamphuis is a former Dutch heptathlete, who has competed as a bobsledder since 2004. Her best Bobsleigh World Cup finish was second in the two-woman event at Cesana Pariol in the ...more

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Arjen van der Kieft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Arjen van der Kieft is a Dutch long-distance speed skater. He competed for the Netherlands at the 2010 Winter Olympics in the Men's 10000 m, where he finished 9th.

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Annita Van Doorn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Annita Van Doorn is a short track speed skater.

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Edith Bosch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's Judo, 63-70kg (Middleweight), Women's Judo Edith Bosch is a former Dutch judoka. Her Olympic debut was at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where she finished seventh. She won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the middleweight ...more

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Annette Gerritsen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Netherlands
Women's 1000m Annette Albertine Gerritsen is a Dutch speed skater. She specialises in the 500 m and 1000 m distances, and won a silver medal in the 1000 metres at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is ...more