Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania  

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

Everything from Paul Ifrim to Andrei Anghel is included on this list.

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

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 Romania Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Romania.
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Sandra Izbașa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Women's Gymnastics, team competition, Women's Floor exercises Sandra Raluca Izbaşa is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a double Olympic champion, on floor at the 2008 Olympics and vault at the 2012 Olympics. She is also a winner of two Olympic bronze ...more

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Constantina Diţă is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Women's Athletics, Marathon Constantina Diţă, is a Romanian long-distance runner, who specializes mainly in the half marathon and marathon. She was the marathon gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having ...more

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Steliana Nistor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Women's Gymnastics, team competition Steliana Nistor is a retired Romanian gymnast. She is an Olympic and a world bronze medalist with the team. Individually, she is a world all around and beam silver medalist and a multiple ...more

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Alina Dumitru is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Women's Judo, - 48kg (extra-lightweight) Alina Dumitru is a Romanian judoka, one-time Olympic champion and eight-time European champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics she defeated Japanese double gold medallist Ryoko Tani, who until then ...more

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Adrian Cosma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Men's handball Adrian Cosma is a former Romanian handball player who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics, in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and in the 1980 Summer Olympics. In 1972 he won the bronze medal with the ...more

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Ana Maria Brânză is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Women's Épée individual Ana Maria Brânză is a Romanian épée fencer. She earned the silver medal in the individual épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal in the ...more

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Gabriela Drăgoi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Gabriela Drăgoi Gabriela Drăgoi is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic bronze medalist and a European gold medalist with the team. Individually she is a European bronze medalist on balance beam.

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Cosmin Chetroiu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Cosmin Chetroiu is a Romanian luger who has competed since 1999. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 17th in the men's doubles event at Vancouver in 2010. He was born ...more

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Andreea Acatrinei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Andreea Acatrinei is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic bronze medalist with the team.

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Eugen Radu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Eugen Radu is a Romanian luger who has competed since 1994. He was born in Tulcea. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 15th in the men's doubles event both in 2002 and ...more

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Ionuţ Ţăran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Ionuţ Ţăran is a Romanian luger who has competed since 1999. He was born in Topliţa. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 17th in the men's doubles event at Vancouver ...more

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Mihai Covaliu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Men's Sabre individual Mihai Claudiu Covaliu is a Romanian retired sabre fencer, Olympic champion in 2000 and world champion in 2005, and coach of the Romanian men's sabre team. He is also president of the Romanian ...more

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Éva Tófalvi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Éva Tófalvi is a Romanian biathlete of Hungarian ethnicity. She finished in 11th place in the Women's Overall World Cup standings and in 2nd place in the Individual event at the ...more

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Bogdan Macovei is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Bogdan Macovei is a Romanian-born Moldovan luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 30th in the men's singles event at Turin in 2006. ...more

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Andreea Grigore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Andreea Grigore Andreea Florentina Grigore is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is an Olympic bronze medalist and a world bronze medalist with the team. She was a successful junior gymnast winning three silver ...more

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Anamaria Tămârjan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Anamaria Tămârjan is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a bronze Olympic medalist and a gold European medalist with the team. Individually, she is a European silver medalist on balance ...more

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Edith Miklos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Edith Miklos is an alpine skier.

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Nicolae Istrate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Nicolae Istrate is a Romanian bobsledder who has competed since 2000. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 11th in the two-man event at Vancouver in 2010. At the FIBT ...more

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Maria Cioncan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Women's Athletics, 1500m Maria Cioncan was a middle distance runner from Romania, best known for winning a bronze medal in the 1500 metres event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Born in Maieru, she set personal bests in ...more

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Maria Marinela Mazilu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Maria Marinela Mazilu is a skeleton racer.

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Adrian Simion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Men's handball Adrian Simion is a former Romanian handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was a member of the Romanian handball team which won the bronze medal. He played one match aa ...more

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Alexandra Stoian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Alexandra Stoian is a biathlete.

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Gheorghe Constantin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Gheorghe Constantin was a Romanian former football player and coach. Known as The Professor, he was a symbol of Steaua Bucureşti.

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Réka Ferencz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Réka Ferencz is a Romanian Olympic Biathlon athlete of Hungarian ethnicity.

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Carmen Tronescu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Carmen Radenovic is a Romanian bobsledder.

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Monika Gyorgy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Mónika György is a Romanian cross country skier of Hungarian ethnicity, who has competed since 2000. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 43rd in the 10 km ...more

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Andrei Anghel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Andrei Anghel is a luger.

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Ionuţ Andrei is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Ionuţ Andrei is an Olympic Bobsleigh athlete from Romania.

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Petrica Hogiu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Petrica Hogiu is a cross-country skier.

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Dana Plotogea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Dana Plotogea is a biathlete.

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Alina Savin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Alina Savin is an Olympic Bobsleigh athlete from Romania.

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Zoltán Kelemen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Zoltán Kelemen is a Romanian figure skater. He is a seven-time Romanian national champion.

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Florin Cezar Craciun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Florin Crăciun is an Olympic Bobsleigh athlete from Romania.

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Mihaela Purdea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Mihaela Purdea is a biathlete.

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Ioan Dănuţ Dovalciuc is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Ioan Dănuţ Dovalciuc is a Romanian bobsledder who has competed since 2005. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 15th in the four-man event at Vancouver in 2010. At the ...more

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Dragoş Staicu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Dragoş Staicu is an alpine skier from Romania. He competed for Romania at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Violeta Stramaturaru is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Violeta Stramaturaru is a luger.

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Valentin Cretu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Valentin Creţu is a Romanian luger who has competed since 2000. His best finish at the FIL World Luge Championships was 27th in the men's singles event at Altenberg in 2012. Cretu qualified for ...more

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Mihaela Chiras is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Mihaela Chiras is a Romanian luger who has competed since 2005. Her best finish at the FIL World Luge Championships was 28th in the women's singles event at Oberhof in 2008. Chiras's best finish ...more

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Raluca Strămăturaru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Raluca Strămăturaru is a Romanian luger who has competed since 1996. Her younger sister Violeta Strămăturaru is also a luger. Strămăturaru's best Luge World Cup season finish was 23rd in women's ...more

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Paul Constantin Pepene is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Paul Constantin Pepene is a Romanian cross-country skier. Pepene won the 30 km pursuit at the U-23 World Championships in January 2010, and competed in the 2009 World Ski Championships and at ...more

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Paul Ifrim is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Paul Ifrim is a luger.

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Katalin Kristó is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Katalin Kristó is a Romanian short track speed skater of Hungarian ethnicity, who competed at three Winter Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010. She achieved her best results in 1,500 meters ...more

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Roxana Luca is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Roxana Luca is a Romanian figure skater. She is a ten-time Romanian national champion, competed twice at the Winter Olympics, and placed as high as 15th at the European Championships.

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Ioan-Gabriel Nan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Romania
Ioan-Gabriel Nan (born September 3, 1980) is an Olympic Alpine Skiing athlete from Romania.