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

Athletes include everything from Benjamin Koons to Georgina Earl.

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

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 New Zealand Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on New Zealand.
Valerie Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from New Zealand
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Valerie Adams


Valerie Kasanita Adams, ONZM is a shot putter from New Zealand. She is a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth champion. She currently holds the New Zealand, Oceanian, Commonwealth and equal World Championship records with a ...more

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Shot put

Olympic Country: New Zealand

Date Of Birth: 1984-10-06

Place Of Birth: Rotorua, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty, Oceania, Pacific Ocean, + more

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Nationality: New Zealand

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's shot put

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

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Katherine Calder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from New Zealand
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Katherine Calder is a cross-country skier. ...more

Olympic Country: New Zealand

Date Of Birth: 1980-09-10

Place Of Birth: Australia, Earth, Oceania, Australia, Australasia

Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing

Nationality: New Zealand

Weight: 54.0

Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics

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#35 on The Greatest Cross Country Skiers of All Time

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Lisa Carrington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from New Zealand
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katrina165 added Lisa Carrington


Lisa Carrington, MNZM is a New Zealand flatwater canoer. She won gold in the Women's K-1 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as gold in the same event at the 2011 Canoe Sprint World Championships. Born in Tauranga, Carrington was raised in Ohope Beach, a satellite town of Whakatane in ...more

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's K-1 200m (kayak single)

Olympic Country: New Zealand

Date Of Birth: 1989-06-23

Place Of Birth: Tauranga, New Zealand

Olympic Sport: Canoe Sprint

Nationality: New Zealand

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Canoeing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's K-1 200 metres

Weight: 53.07

Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

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Danyon Joseph Loader, ONZM is an Olympic champion, former world record holder swimmer from New Zealand, based in Dunedin. He remains the national record holder in the 400 and 1500 metre freestyle short course. He swam for New Zealand at two Summer Olympics and three Commonwealth Games. At the 1992 ...more

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 200m butterfly, Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 400m freestyle

Date Of Birth: 1975-04-21

Place Of Birth: Timaru, New Zealand, Oceania, Pacific Ocean, DVD Region 4, + more

Nationality: New Zealand

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Swimming at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre butterfly, Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle, Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metre freestyle

Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Gold medal

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