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The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden

Updated September 30, 2019 2.5k votes 122 voters 9.8k views205 items

This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from Sweden, with photos when available. These are the best Swedish Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Swedish athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Swedish Olympian is the best of them all?

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Sweden 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. Björn Lind and Elin Holmlöv are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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 Sweden Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Sweden. If you enjoyed this list of Olympic athletes from Sweden, head on over and check out this list of the best Olympic athletes from Russia.

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  • Ingemar Stenmark1
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    Ingemar Stenmark

    Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom, Men's Slalom

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1956-03-18

    Place Of BirthJoesjö,Sweden,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportAlpine skiing

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine Skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics - Men's Giant Slalom,Alpine Skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics - Men's Slalom,Alpine Skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics - Men's Giant Slalom

    Olympic Medalist Games1980 Winter Olympics,1976 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Jan Ingemar Stenmark (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋː(ɛ)mar ²steːnmark]; born 18 March 1956 in...  more

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  • Pernilla Winberg2
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    6

    Pernilla Winberg

    Women's Ice Hockey, Women's Combined

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1989-02-24

    Place Of BirthLimhamn

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women’s Team,Alpine Skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Women's Combined

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Pernilla Margareta Stephanie Winberg (born 24 February 1989) is a Swedish ice hockey forward...  more
  • Peter Forsberg3
    36
    8

    Peter Forsberg

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Date Of Birth1973-07-20

    Place Of BirthÖrnsköldsvik,Sweden,Västernorrland County,Ångermanland,Örnsköldsvik Municipality

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Peter Mattias "Foppa" Forsberg (pronounced [ˈpeːtɛr ²fɔʂːbærj] (listen); born 20 July 1973) is...  more

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  • Henrik Lundqvist4
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    Henrik Lundqvist

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Date Of Birth1982-03-02

    Place Of BirthÅre Municipality,Jämtland County,Sweden,Earth,Europe

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnːrɪk ²lɵnːdkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982) is a...  more

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  • Sarah Sjöström5
    Sarah Fredrika Sjöström (Swedish: [²ɧøːˌstɾœmː]; born 17 August 1993) is a Swedish competitive...  more

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    #43 of 240 The Best Female Athletes of All Time#4 of 249 The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming

  • Carolina Klüft6
    37
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    Carolina Klüft

    Women's Heptathlon

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1983-02-02

    Place Of BirthSandhult,Västergötland,Västra Götaland County,Borås Municipality,Sweden

    Olympic SportTrack and field athletics

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's heptathlon

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Carolina Evelyn Klüft (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈklʏfːt]; born 2 February 1983) is a retired...  more

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  • Jan-Ove Waldner7
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    Jan-Ove Waldner

    Men's Table Tennis, Singles

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1965-10-03

    Place Of BirthStockholm,Sweden,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportTable tennis

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTable Tennis at the 2000 Summer Olympics Men's Singles,Table Tennis at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Singles

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2000 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Jan-Ove Waldner (born 3 October 1965) is a Swedish former table tennis player. He is often...  more

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  • André Myhrer8
    33
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    André Myhrer

    Men's Slalom

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1983-01-11

    Place Of BirthBergsjö,Sweden,Gävleborg County,Hälsingland,Nordanstig Municipality

    Olympic SportAlpine skiing

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's slalom

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    André Myhrer (born 11 January 1983) is a Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold...  more
  • Lotta Schelin9
    31
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    Lotta Schelin

    Women's football

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1984-02-27

    Place Of BirthTrångsund

    Olympic SportFootball

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFootball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's tournament

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Charlotta Eva "Lotta" Schelin (born 27 February 1984) is a Swedish former professional...  more
  • Sofia Mattsson10
    Sofia Magdalena Mattsson (born 11 November 1989) is a Swedish wrestler, who has won a World...  more
  • Emma Johansson11
    36
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    Emma Johansson

    Women's Road cycling, individual road race

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1983-09-23

    Place Of BirthSollefteå,Sweden,Västernorrland County,Ångermanland,Sollefteå Municipality

    Olympic SportRoad cycling

    NationalitySweden

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Emma Johansson (born 23 September 1983) is a Swedish retired professional racing cyclist....  more
  • Henrik Sedin12
    25
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    Henrik Sedin

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1980-09-26

    Place Of BirthÖrnsköldsvik,Sweden,Västernorrland County,Ångermanland,Örnsköldsvik Municipality

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Henrik Lars Sedin (born 26 September 1980) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey centre...  more

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  • Annika Fredén13
    19
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    Annika Fredén

    Women's handball

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1978-08-21

    Place Of BirthHemsjo

    Olympic SportHandball

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Annika Fredén (born 1978) is a Swedish handball player. She has played for the Danish club...  more
  • Susanne Ljungskog14
    Susanne Ljungskog (born 16 March 1976 in Halmstad) is a Swedish cyclist. A four-time Olympian...  more
  • Anja Pärson15
    23
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    Anja Pärson

    Women's Super Combined, Women's Slalom

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1981-04-25

    Place Of BirthUmeå,Västerbotten County,Västerbotten,Umeå Municipality,Sweden

    Olympic SportAlpine skiing

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's Super Combined,Alpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's Slalom,Alpine skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Women's slalom,Alpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill,Alpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's Combined

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Anja Sofia Tess Pärson (Swedish pronunciation: [²anːja ˈpæːʂɔn]; born 25 April 1981) is a...  more

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  • Stefan Holm16
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    Stefan Holm

    Men's High jump

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1976-05-25

    Place Of BirthForshaga,Sweden,Värmland County,Värmland,Forshaga Municipality

    Olympic SportTrack and field athletics

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's high jump,Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's High Jump

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Stefan Christian Holm (born 25 May 1976) is a retired Swedish high jumper. He has won an...  more
  • Christian Olsson17
    22
    19

    Christian Olsson

    Men's Triple jump

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1980-01-25

    Place Of BirthGothenburg,Sweden,Västra Götaland County,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportTrack and field athletics

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Triple Jump

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Christian Olsson (born 25 January 1980 in Gothenburg) is a former Swedish athlete competing in...  more
  • Thomas Löfkvist18
    12
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    Thomas Löfkvist

    Thomas Löfkvist (born 4 April 1984) is a Swedish former professional road bicycle racer who...  more
  • Kajsa Bergqvist19
    15
    13

    Kajsa Bergqvist

    Women's High jump

    Date Of Birth1976-10-12

    Place Of BirthSollentuna Municipality,Stockholm County,Sweden,Stockholm-Mälaren Region,Earth

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's high jump

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Kajsa Margareta Bergqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkajːsa ²bærjkvɪst]; born 12 October 1976...  more
  • Thomas Johansson20
    11
    7

    Thomas Johansson

    Men's Tennis, doubles

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1975-03-24

    Place Of BirthLinköping,Östergötland County,Östergötland,Linköping Municipality,Sweden

    Olympic SportTennis

    NationalitySweden

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Karl Thomas Conny Johansson (pronounced [ˈtʊmːas ²juːanˌsɔn]; born 24 March 1975) is a coach...  more

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  • Nike Bent21
    Nike Bent is a Swedish former alpine skier who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics....  more
  • Danijela Rundqvist22
    11
    10

    Danijela Rundqvist

    Women's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1984-09-26

    Place Of BirthStockholm,Sweden,Earth,Europe,European Union

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women’s Team,Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Women’s Team

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Bronze medal

    Danijela Kristina Rundqvist (born 26 September 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish ice...  more
  • Therese Borssén23
    Therese Borssén, (born 12 December 1984) in Rättvik, is a Swedish former skier specialized in...  more
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    7
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    Ulrika Knape

    Women's 3 metre springboard, Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1955-04-26

    Place Of BirthGothenburg,Sweden,Västra Götaland County,Earth,Europe

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Women's 3 metre springboard,Diving at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games1972 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1976 Summer Olympics,1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Ulrika Margareta Knape-Lindberg (née Knape on 26 April 1955) is a retired Swedish diver. She...  more
  • Jonas Björkman25
    Jonas Lars Björkman (Swedish pronunciation: [²juːnas ˈbjœrːkman]; born 23 March 1972 in...  more