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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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    Sven Kramer
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    9

    Sven Kramer

    Men's Team Pursuit, Speed skating - Men's 5000m

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1986-04-23

    Place Of BirthHeerenveen,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Friesland,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's team pursuit,Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's 5000m,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metres,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's team pursuit

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal,Gold medal

    Sven Kramer (born 23 April 1986) is a Dutch long track speed skater who has won an all-time... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Ireen Wüst
    47
    12

    Ireen Wüst

    Women's 1500m, Women's 3000 m

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1986-04-01

    Place Of BirthGoirle,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,North Brabant,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 1500m,Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 3000m,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's 1500 metres

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    Ireen Wüst (Dutch pronunciation: [iˈreːn ʋyst]; born 1 April 1986) is a Dutch long track... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Inge Dekker
    38
    8

    Inge Dekker

    Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1985-08-18

    Place Of BirthAssen,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Drenthe,Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Weight67.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Inge Dekker (born 18 August 1985) is a Dutch former competitive swimmer who specialised in... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Bob de Jong
    38
    8

    Bob de Jong

    Men's 10000m

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1976-11-13

    Place Of BirthLeimuiden,South Holland,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men’s 10000m,Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's 10000m,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 10000 metres

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1998 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Bob Johannes Carolus de Jong (born 13 November 1976) is a Dutch former speed skater who... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Inge de Bruijn
    30
    12

    Inge de Bruijn

    Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 50m freestyle

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1973-08-24

    Place Of BirthBarendrecht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,South Holland,Europe

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Inge de Bruijn (Dutch: [ˈɪŋə də ˈbrœyn]; born 24 August 1973) is a Dutch former competitive... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Jan Smeekens
    Jan Smeekens (born 11 February 1987) is a Dutch speed skater. He is a 500 m... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Pieter van den Hoogenband
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    4

    Pieter van den Hoogenband

    Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 100m freestyle

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1978-03-14

    Place Of BirthMaastricht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Limburg,South Limburg

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpitɛr vɑn dɛn... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Nicolien Sauerbreij
    14
    2

    Nicolien Sauerbreij

    Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1979-07-31

    Place Of BirthDe Hoef,Utrecht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Europe

    Olympic SportSnowboarding

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSnowboarding at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's parallel giant slalom

    Weight57.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Nicolien Sauerbreij (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnikoːˌlin ˈsʌuwərˌbrɛi̯], born 31 July 1979) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    13
    3

    Hinkelien Schreuder

    Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1984-02-13

    Place Of BirthGoor,Overijssel,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Weight61.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Hinkelien Schreuder (born 13 February 1984) is a butterfly, freestyle and backstroke swimmer... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Anky van Grunsven
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    4

    Anky van Grunsven

    Dressage, individual

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1968-01-02

    Place Of BirthVeghel,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,North Brabant,Europe

    Olympic SportDressage

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionEquestrian at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Dressage, Individual,Equestrian at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Dressage, Individual,Equestrian at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Dressage

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Theodora Elisabeth Gerarda "Anky" van Grunsven (born 2 January 1968) is a Dutch dressage... more on Wikipedia

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    #1045 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#173 of 238 The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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    Marianne Vos
    15
    6

    Marianne Vos

    Women's Track cycling, points race

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1987-05-13

    Place Of Birth's-Hertogenbosch,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,North Brabant,Europe

    Olympic SportTrack cycling

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Points Race

    Weight58.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Marianne Vos (pronunciation ; born 13 May 1987) is a Dutch cyclo-cross, road bicycle racer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Tine Veenstra
    Tine Veenstra is a Dutch bobsledder who has competed since 2007. Together with Esmé Kamphuis... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Fedor Iwan den Hertog (20 April 1946 – 12 February 2011) was a Dutch racing cyclist. His... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jan Bos
    12
    6

    Jan Bos

    Men's 1000m

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1975-03-29

    Place Of BirthHarderwijk,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Gelderland,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating,Track cycling

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Men’s 1000m,Speed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Men’s 1000m

    Olympic Medalist Games2002 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Jan Bos (born 29 March 1975) is a Dutch speedskater and sprint cyclist. In the late 1990s he... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Elma de Vries
    Elma de Vries (born 20 March 1983) is a Dutch marathon speed skater and inline speed skater.... more on Wikipedia
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    Leontien van Moorsel
    10
    5

    Leontien van Moorsel

    Women's Track Cycling, Individual Pursuit

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1970-03-22

    Place Of BirthBoekel,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,North Brabant,Europe

    Olympic SportRoad cycling,Track cycling

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Individual Pursuit,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's individual road race,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's Individual Pursuit,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's Road Time Trial,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's Points Race

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel (born 22 March 1970) is a Dutch... more on Wikipedia
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    Carl Verheijen
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    2

    Carl Verheijen

    Men's 10000m, Men's Team Pursuit

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1975-05-26

    Place Of BirthThe Hague,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,South Holland,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's 10000m,Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's team pursuit

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Carl Eduard Verheijen (born 26 May 1975) is a retired Dutch speed skater who specialized in... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Mark Tuitert
    9
    3

    Mark Tuitert

    Men's Team Pursuit, Men's 1500m

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1980-04-04

    Place Of BirthHolten,Overijssel,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's team pursuit,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500 metres,Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's team pursuit

    Weight84.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    Mark Jan Hendrik Tuitert (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrk ˈtœytərt]; born 4 April 1980) is a Dutch... more on Wikipedia
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    Arnold van Calker
    Oltman Jan ("Arnold") van Calker (born 16 September 1976, Gasselternijveenschemond) is a Dutch... more on Wikipedia
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    Marianne Timmer
    10
    6

    Marianne Timmer

    Women's 1000m, Women's 1500m

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1974-10-03

    Place Of BirthSappemeer,Groningen,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Europe

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Women's 1500m,Speed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Maria Aaltje ("Marianne") Timmer (born 3 October 1974 in Sappemeer) is a former speed skater... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Adrie Visser
    Adriana ("Adrie") Visser (born 19 October 1983 in Hoorn) is a Dutch track and road racer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Elisabeth Willeboordse
    6
    1

    Elisabeth Willeboordse

    Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1978-09-14

    Place Of BirthMiddelburg,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Zeeland,Europe

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 63 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Elisabeth Willeboordse is an athlete.
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    Ranomi Kromowidjojo
    6
    3

    Ranomi Kromowidjojo

    Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1990-08-20

    Place Of BirthGroningen,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Groningen,Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Weight67.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Dutch pronunciation: [raːˈnoːmi ˌkroːmoːʋiˈɟoːjoː]; born 20 August 1990)... more on Wikipedia
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    Marleen Veldhuis
    8
    7

    Marleen Veldhuis

    Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1979-06-29

    Place Of BirthBorne,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Overijssel,Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Magdalena Johanna Maria "Marleen" Veldhuis (born 29 June 1979) is a retired swimmer from the... more on Wikipedia
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    6
    4

    Imke Bartels

    Dressage, team

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1977-03-15

    Olympic SportDressage

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionEquestrian at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Team dressage

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Imke Anne Marian Schellekens-Bartels (born 15 March 1977, in Eindhoven) is an equestrian from... more on Wikipedia