Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain  

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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 Nadal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Tennis, singles Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5. He is widely regarded as one of the finest clay court players in history and has been ...more

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David Cal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's C-1 500m (canoe single), Men's C-1 1000m (canoe single) David Cal Figueroa is a Spanish sprint canoer who has competed since 1999. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he has won five medals with a gold and four silvers. With this latest victory in ...more

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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's basketball Ricard "Ricky" Rubio i Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Rubio became the ...more

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María José Rienda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
María José Rienda Contreras is a former World Cup alpine ski racer. Rienda won the last two giant slaloms of the 2005 season, the first victory for a Spanish ski racer since Blanca ...more

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Gervasio Deferr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Vault, Men's Floor exercises Gervasio Deferr Angel is a former gymnast from Spain, who started in gymnastics at the age of five, and became the number one athlete of his country in that sport. He became the Olympic champion ...more

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Joan Llaneras is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Track cycling, Points Race, Men's Track cycling Joan Llaneras Roselló is a Spanish World and Olympic points race champion track cyclist. He specialises in the madison and points race events. Llaneras began his cycling career on the ...more

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Igor González de Galdeano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Igor González de Galdeano Aranzabal is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer and most recenetly, the team manager of UCI ProTeam Euskaltel-Euskadi. Following a promising start ...more

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José Luis Abajo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Épée individual José Luis Abajo Gómez is a Spanish épée fencer. Abajo won the silver medal in the épée team event at the 2006 World Fencing Championships after losing ...more

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Alberto Entrerríos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's handball Alberto Entrerrios is a Spanish professional handball player for HBC Nantes, French team in the LNH Division 1. He is 192 cm tall and weighs 100 kg. He spent 9 seasons playing for BM Ciudad Real ...more

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Raúl Entrerríos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's handball Raúl Entrerríos is a Spanish handball player. He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of the Spain national handball team. The team won a bronze medal, ...more

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Iván Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was Spanish Road national champion, three time Spanish time trial champion and won a silver ...more

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Marcus Cooper Walz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Astro89 added Marcus Cooper Walz

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Leire Olaberria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Women's Track cycling, points race Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro; 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 Summer Olympics, ...more

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Sonia Lafuente is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Sonia Lafuente Martínez is a Spanish figure skater. She is a three-time Spanish national champion. Lafuente became the first Spanish skater to medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit ...more

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José Antonio Hermida is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Mountain Biking, Cross-Country José Antonio Hermida Ramos is a Spanish cyclist of Galician origin specializing in competitive mountain biking. He won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece after ...more

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Javier Fernández is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Javier Fernández López is a Spanish figure skater. He is the 2015 World champion, a two-time World bronze medalist, a three-time European champion, the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final ...more

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Victoria Padial Hernández is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Victoria Padial Hernández is an Olympic Biathlete from Spain.

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Carolina Ruiz Castillo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Carolina Ruiz Castillo is an alpine skier.

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Alejandro Valverde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Alejandro Valverde Belmonte is a Spanish road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team. Valverde's biggest wins have been the 2009 Vuelta a España, the ...more

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Igor Astarloa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Igor Astarloa Askasibar is a retired cyclist from Spain.

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Óscar Freire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Óscar Freire Gómez 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

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Regino Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Regino Hernandez is a professional snowboarder.

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Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Women's Tennis, doubles Inmaculada Concepción Martínez Bernat, professionally known as Conchita Martínez, is a former professional tennis player born in the town of Monzón, Aragón, ...more

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Joane Somarriba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Joane Somarriba Joane Somarriba Arrola is a former Spanish cyclist. She won the Grande Boucle, at the time the most prestigious stage race for women, in 2000, 2001 and 2003. She also achieved a time trial ...more

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Ruben Verges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Ruben Verges is a professional snowboarder.

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Virginia Ruano Pascual is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Women's Tennis, doubles Virginia Ruano Pascual is a Spanish professional female tennis player. She was born in Madrid, Spain. She has won three career singles titles but she has been more successful in doubles where ...more

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Samuel Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Road cycling, individual road race Samuel "Sammy" Sánchez González is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, with the BMC Racing Team. He was the gold medal winner in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Men's ...more

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Carlos Sastre is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Carlos Sastre Candil is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer and winner of the 2008 Tour de France. He consistently achieved great results in the Vuelta a España and equally ...more

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Alberto Urdiales is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's handball Alberto Urdiales Márquez is a Spanish handball player. He competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics. In 1992, he was a member of the Spanish handball team which finished fifth in the ...more

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Sergi Escobar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Track cycling^! Individual Pursuit Sergi Escobar Roure is a Spanish world champion track cyclist who specialises in individual and team pursuit.

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Laura Orgué is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Laura Orgué Vila is a Spanish cross country skier who has competed since 2004. Competing in three Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 10th in the 30 km skating at Sochi in ...more

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Ander Mirambell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Ander Mirambell is a skeleton racer.

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Ferrán Terra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Ferran Terra is an alpine skier from Spain. He competed for Spain at the 2010 Winter Olympics where his best result was 27th in the super-G.

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Andrea Jardi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Andrea Jardi is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Spain.

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Paul de la Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Paul de la Cuesta is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Spain.

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Isaac Gálvez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Isaac Gálvez López was a Spanish track and road racing cyclist who rode for Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears in the UCI ProTour. He died during the Six Days of Ghent cycling event in ...more

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José Antonio Escuredo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
José Antonio Escuredo José Antonio Escuredo Raimondez is a Spanish racing cyclist, specialising in track cycling. He has won three silver and one bronze world championship medals and a silver medal at the 2004 ...more

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Toni Tauler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's Track cycling, Madison Antonio Tauler Llull is a Spanish professional racing cyclist.

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Albert Rocas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Men's handball Albert Rocas Comas is a Spanish handball player. He currently plays for CB Logroño. He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of the Spain national handball team. ...more

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Ibon Idigoras is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Ibon Idigoras is a professional snowboarder.

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Agustín Millán is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Agustín Millán García 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 ...more

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Javier Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Javier Gutiérrez is an Olympic Cross-country Skier from Spain.

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Vicenc Vilarrubla is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Vicenc Vilarrubla is an Olympic Cross-country Skier from Spain.

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Jordi Font is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Jordi Font is a professional snowboarder.

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Diego Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Diego Ruiz Asín is a Spanish cross-country skier who has competed in the World Cup since 1998. Ruiz competed at three Winter Olympics and in four FIS Nordic World Ski Championships from ...more

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Rocio Delgado is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Rocio Delgado is a freestyle skier.

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Queralt Castellet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Queralt Castellet Ibáñez is a Spanish snowboarder and silver medalist at the 2015 World Championships. She competed in her first Olympic Olympic Winter Games at the 2006 Olympic ...more