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The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain

Updated September 19, 2020 1.2k votes 163 voters 8.9k views52 items

List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Spain, with photos when available. These are the best Spanish Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Spanish athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Spanish Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Spain 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 is made up of many different athletes, including Rocio Delgado and Regino Hernandez.

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

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 Spain Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Spain.
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    Men's Tennis, singles
    88
    12

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1986-06-03

    Place Of BirthManacor,Spain,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles

    Weight85.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 2 in men's...  more

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  • 2
    Igor González de Galdeano Aranzabal (born 1 November 1973 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country) is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer and most recently, the team manager of UCI ProTeam...  more
  • 3
    Men's handball
    25
    24

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1976-11-07

    Place Of BirthGijón,Spain,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Weight100.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Alberto Entrerrios (born 7 November 1976 in Gijón, Asturias) is a Spanish former professional handball player. He is 192 cm tall and weighs 102 kg. He spent 10 seasons (2002–2012) playing for BM...  more
  • 4
    Sonia Lafuente Martínez (born 7 December 1991) is a Spanish figure skater. She is a six-time Spanish national champion. Lafuente became the first Spanish skater to medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix...  more
  • 5
    Men's handball
    22
    21

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1981-02-12

    Place Of BirthGijón,Spain,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Weight95.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Raúl Entrerríos Rodríguez (born 12 February 1981) is a Spanish handball player for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of the...  more
  • 6
    Carolina Ruiz Castillo is an alpine skier....  more
  • 7
    José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (born 27 November 1978 in Hinojedo, Suances, Cantabria) is a Spanish professional former road bicycle racer. He was Spanish Road national champion, three time Spanish...  more
  • 8
    María José Rienda Contreras (born 12 June 1975 in Granada, Spain) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer. Currently she is the President of the Consejo Superior de Deportes and Secretary of state for...  more
  • 9
    Women's Track cycling, points race
    11
    9

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1977-02-17

    Place Of BirthIkaztegieta,Spain,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTrack cycling

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (pronounced [ˈleiɾe]); born 17 February 1977 in Ikaztegieta, Gipuzkoa is a Spanish Basque racing cyclist. She won the Bronze medal in the Women's points race at the 2008...  more
  • 10
    Regino Hernandez is a professional snowboarder....  more
  • 11
    Ruben Verges is a professional snowboarder....  more
  • 12
    Women's Tennis, doubles
    13
    13

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1973-09-21

    Place Of BirthMadrid,Spain,Madrid,Madrid metropolitan area,Earth

    Olympic SportTennis

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Doubles,Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Doubles

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spanish pronunciation: [biɾˈxinja ˈrwano pasˈkwal]; born 21 September 1973) is a Spanish former professional tennis player. She has moderate success in singles, winning three...  more
  • 13
    Joane Somarriba Arrola (born 11 August 1972 in Gernika, Biscay) is a former Spanish cyclist.She won the Grande Boucle in 2000, 2001 and 2003. She achieved a time trial victory at the 2003 World...  more
  • 14
    Men's Mountain Biking, Cross-Country
    17
    19

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1978

    Place Of BirthPuigcerdà,Spain,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportMountain biking

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's cross-country,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's cross-country

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    José Antonio Hermida Ramos (born on August 24, 1978 in Puigcerdà, Girona) is a Spanish cyclist of Galician origin specializing in competitive mountain biking. He won the silver medal at the 2004...  more
  • 15
    Men's handball
    11
    11

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1968-11-17

    Place Of BirthSantander,Spain,Cantabria,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament,Handball at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament,Handball at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1996 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Alberto Urdiales Márquez (born 17 November 1968 in Santander, Cantabria) is a Spanish handball player. He competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics. In 1992, he was a member of the Spanish...  more
  • 16
    Men's Épée individual
    9
    9

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1978-06-22

    Place Of BirthMadrid,Spain,Madrid,Madrid metropolitan area,Earth

    Olympic SportFencing

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Épée, Individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    José Luis Abajo Gómez nicknamed Pirri (born 22 June 1978) is a Spanish épée fencer. Abajo won the silver medal in the épée team event at the 2006 World Fencing Championships after losing against...  more
  • 17
    Women's Tennis, doubles
    13
    14

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1972-04-16

    Place Of BirthMonzón

    Olympic SportTennis

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Doubles

    Weight59.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Inmaculada Concepción "Conchita" Martínez Bernat (born 16 April 1972) is a former professional tennis player. She was the first Spanish player to win the women's singles title at Wimbledon, where she...  more

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    Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    13
    14

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1978-02-05

    Place Of BirthOviedo,Spain,Asturias,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportRoad cycling

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

    Weight65.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Samuel "Samu" Sánchez González (born 5 February 1978) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, provisionally suspended from the sport after a positive doping test. He was the gold medal winner...  more
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    Igor Astarloa Askasibar (born March 29, 1976 in Ermua, Basque Country) is a retired cyclist from Spain....  more
  • 20
    Men's Road cycling, individual road race
    13
    15

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1980-04-25

    Place Of BirthMurcia,Spain,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportCycling

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race

    Weight61.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics

    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (born 25 April 1980) is a Spanish road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Movistar Team. Valverde's biggest wins have been the Vuelta a España in 2009,...  more
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    Óscar Freire Gómez (born 15 February 1976) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the top sprinters in road bicycle racing, having won the world championship three times,...  more
  • 22
    Men's Track cycling, Individual Pursuit
    8
    9

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1974-09-22

    Place Of BirthLleida,Spain,Catalonia,Lleida,Earth

    Olympic SportCycling

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Individual Pursuit

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Sergi Escobar Roure (born 22 September 1974 in Lleida) is a Spanish world champion track cyclist who specialises in individual and team pursuit....  more
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    Carlos Sastre Candil (pronounced [ˈkaɾ.los ˈsas.tɾe ˈkandil]; born 22 April 1975) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer and winner of the 2008 Tour de France. He consistently achieved...  more
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    Keyo Trabini addedMen's basketball
    6
    0

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1980-07-06

    Place Of BirthBarcelona, Spain

    Olympic SportBasketball

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

    Weight115

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Pau Gasol Sáez (born July 6, 1980) is a retired Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a...  more

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    Agustín Milián Gracía (born August 28, 1958) is a former Spanish handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics and in the 1984 Summer Olympics.In 1980 he was part of the Spanish team which...  more