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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 Rubio i Vives (born October 21, 1990) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rubio became the youngest player ever ...more
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Joan Llaneras is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Marcus Cooper Walz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
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Igor González de Galdeano is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Gervasio Deferr is listed (or ranked) 8 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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María José Rienda is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Sonia Lafuente is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Alberto Entrerríos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Alberto Entrerríos 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) 12 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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Javier Fernández is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Iván Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Carolina Ruiz Castillo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Carolina Ruiz Castillo is an alpine skier.
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Leire Olaberria is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Joane Somarriba is listed (or ranked) 17 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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José Antonio Hermida is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Victoria Padial Hernández is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Victoria Padial Hernández is an Olympic Biathlete from Spain.
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Ruben Verges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain
Ruben Verges is a professional snowboarder.
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Alejandro Valverde is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Igor Astarloa is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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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Samuel Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 25 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