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The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain

Updated September 19, 2020 1.3k votes 141 voters 8.3k 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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  • Rafael Nadal1
    79
    17

    Rafael Nadal

    Men's Tennis, singles

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1986-06-03

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

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more

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  • David Cal2
    43
    27

    David Cal

    Men's C-1 500m (canoe single), Men's C-1 1000m (canoe single)

    Date Of Birth1982-10-10

    Place Of BirthCangas,Pontevedra,Spain,Galicia,Earth

    NationalitySpain

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCanoeing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's C-1 500 metres,Canoeing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's C-1 1000 metres,Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's C-1 500 metres,Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's C-1 1000 metres

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    David Cal Figueroa (born 10 October 1982 in Cangas do Morrazo) is a Spanish sprint canoeist...  more
  • Joan Llaneras3
    25
    13

    Joan Llaneras

    Men's Track cycling, Points Race

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1969-05-17

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

    Olympic SportTrack cycling

    NationalitySpain

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's points race,Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's points race,Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Madison,Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Points Race Men

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

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

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Joan Llaneras Rosselló (born May 17, 1969 in Porreres, Majorca) is a former Spanish World and...  more

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  • Sonia Lafuente4
    Sonia Lafuente Martínez (born 7 December 1991) is a Spanish figure skater. She is a six-time...  more
  • José Luis Abajo5
    19
    9

    José Luis Abajo

    Men's Épée individual

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1978-06-22

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

    Olympic SportFencing

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Marcus Cooper Walz6
    16
    9

    Marcus Cooper Walz

  • Igor González de Galdeano7
    Igor González de Galdeano Aranzabal (born 1 November 1973 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country)...  more
  • Javier Fernández8
    Javier Fernández López (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjeɾ feɾˈnandeθ ˈlopeθ]; born 15 April...  more

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  • Alberto Entrerríos9
    25
    24

    Alberto Entrerríos

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1976-11-07

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

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Carolina Ruiz Castillo10
    Carolina Ruiz Castillo is an alpine skier....  more
  • Raúl Entrerríos11
    21
    20

    Raúl Entrerríos

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1981-02-12

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

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Iván Gutiérrez12
    José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (born 27 November 1978 in Hinojedo, Suances, Cantabria) is a...  more
  • José Antonio Hermida13
    17
    17

    José Antonio Hermida

    Men's Mountain Biking, Cross-Country

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1978

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

    Olympic SportMountain biking

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Virginia Ruano Pascual14
    13
    12

    Virginia Ruano Pascual

    Women's Tennis, doubles

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1973-09-21

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

    Olympic SportTennis

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Samuel Sánchez15
    13
    12

    Samuel Sánchez

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1978-02-05

    Place Of BirthOviedo,Spain,Asturias,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportRoad cycling

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Conchita Martínez16
    13
    13

    Conchita Martínez

    Women's Tennis, doubles

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1972-04-16

    Place Of BirthMonzón

    Olympic SportTennis

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more

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  • Ruben Verges17
    Ruben Verges is a professional snowboarder....  more
  • Óscar Freire18
    Óscar Freire Gómez (born 15 February 1976) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle...  more
  • Leire Olaberria19
    10
    9

    Leire Olaberria

    Women's Track cycling, points race

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1977-02-17

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

    Olympic SportTrack cycling

    NationalitySpain

    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,...  more
  • Alberto Urdiales20
    11
    10

    Alberto Urdiales

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1968-11-17

    Place Of BirthSantander,Spain,Cantabria,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Joane Somarriba21
    6
    4

    Joane Somarriba

    Joane Somarriba Arrola (born 11 August 1972 in Gernika, Biscay) is a former Spanish...  more
  • Regino Hernandez22
    Regino Hernandez is a professional snowboarder....  more
  • Alejandro Valverde23
    12
    13

    Alejandro Valverde

    Men's Road cycling, individual road race

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1980-04-25

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

    Olympic SportCycling

    NationalitySpain

    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...  more
  • Igor Astarloa24
    Igor Astarloa Askasibar (born March 29, 1976 in Ermua, Basque Country) is a retired cyclist...  more
  • Marc Gasol25
    Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Los...  more

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