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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 personal best throw of 21.24 metres. Adams is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She is the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships. ...more on Wikipedia

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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Lisa Carrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from New Zealand
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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 the eastern Bay of Plenty, and is of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Ngāti Porou descent. She attended Whakatane High School, and Massey University in Albany. She is coached by Gordon Walker. Carrington was chosen New Zealand's Māori Sportsperson of the year in November 2012, and senior Māori sportswoman of the year. Carrington was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year's ...more on Wikipedia

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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Tim Cafe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from New Zealand
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Tim Cafe is an Olympic Alpine skier from New Zealand. ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Country: New Zealand

Date Of Birth: 1987-08-12

Place Of Birth: New Zealand, Oceania, Pacific Ocean, DVD Region 4, World Ocean

Olympic Sport: Alpine skiing

Nationality: New Zealand

Weight: 78.0

Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics

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Katherine Calder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from New Zealand
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Katherine Calder


Katherine Calder is a cross-country skier. ...more on Wikipedia

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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