Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden  

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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 Stenmark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom, Men's Slalom Jan Ingemar Stenmark, born 18 March 1956 in Joesjö, Sweden, is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Sweden. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish sportsmen, and as the ...more

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Jan-Ove Waldner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Table Tennis, Singles Jan-Ove (JO) Waldner(nicknamed老瓦inChina) is a Swedishtable tennisplayer born3 October1965. He is known as 'theMozartof table tennis'[1][2]and is a legend in both his nativeSwedenas well as

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Peter Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Ari Aries added Men's Ice Hockey Peter Mattias "Foppa" Forsberg is a Swedish retired professional ice hockey player and the current assistant general manager of Modo Hockey. Known for his on-ice vision and physical ...more

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Carolina Klüft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Heptathlon Carolina Evelyn Klüft is a Swedish retired athlete competing in heptathlon, triple jump, long jump, and pentathlon. She won the Olympic heptathlon title in 2004. She is also a three-time ...more

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Anja Pärson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Super Combined, Women's Slalom, Women's Downhill Anja Sofia Tess Pärson is a Swedish former alpine skier. She is an Olympic gold medalist, seven-time gold medalist at the World Championships, and two-time overall Alpine Skiing World Cup ...more

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Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Ice Hockey Henrik Björn Lundqvist is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in ...more

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Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Sarah Fredrika Sjöström is a Swedish swimmer. On 5 July 2014 she beat the world record for women on 50 meter butterfly. On 22 March 2008, at the age of 14, she took the gold medal in ...more

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Christian Olsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Triple jump Christian Olsson is a former Swedish athlete competing in high jump and triple jump. He won an Olympic gold medal, one gold and one silver medal in the World Championships and two gold medals in ...more

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Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Ice Hockey Henrik Lars Sedin is a Swedish former professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Vancouver Canucks, from 2000–2018. He additionally served ...more

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Marcus Hellner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's 4x10 km Relay, Men's Cross Country - 30km Pursuit Carl Marcus Joakim Hellner is a Swedish cross-country skier who has been competing since 2003.

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Therese Alshammar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's 100m freestyle, Women's 50m freestyle, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay Malin Therese Alshammar is a Swedish swimmer who has won three Olympic medals, 25 World Championship medals, and 43 European Championship medals. Standing at 1.80 m, she is a specialist in short ...more

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Stefan Holm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's High jump Stefan Christian Holm is a retired Swedish high jumper. He has won an Olympic gold medal, a silver in the World Championships, and one silver and one bronze medal in the European Championships. ...more

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Kim Martin Hasson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Ice Hockey Kim Kristine Martin is a goaltender for the Sweden women's national ice hockey team. She plays her club hockey with AIK's women's team and has also played with Hammarby IF's junior men's team. ...more

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Sofia Mattsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Sofia Magdalena Mattsson is a Swedish wrestler.

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Kajsa Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Ari Aries added Women's High jump Kajsa Margareta Bergqvist is a Swedish former high jumper. She won one bronze medal in the Olympic Games, one gold and two bronze medals in the World Championships in Athletics and one gold and ...more

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Hanna Ljungberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's football Hanna Carolina Ljungberg is a Swedish former football player, who played the position of forward. She played for the club side Umeå IK and for the Swedish national football team. She ...more

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Lars Frölander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's 100m butterfly Lars Arne Frölander is a Swedish swimmer. He has competed in six consecutive Olympic Games.

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Victoria Sandell Svensson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's football Victoria Margareta Sandell Svensson is a former Swedish female football player. She was team captain on the Swedish women's national team and Djurgårdens IF Dam; captaining the national ...more

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Jörgen Persson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Jörgen Persson is a Swedish table tennis player. In two memorable World Table Tennis Championships finals he faced fellow Swede Jan-Ove Waldner in 1989 and 1991, losing the former and ...more

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Björn Ferry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's 12.5 km Pursuit Björn Ferry is a former Swedish biathlete and medal winning Olympian. He began competing internationally in World Cup competitions in 2001, but did not win his first international race ...more

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André Myhrer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Slalom André Myhrer is a Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist. Born in Bergsjö in Gävleborg County, Myhrer competes in the technical events and specialises in ...more

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Pernilla Winberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Ice Hockey, Women's Combined Pernilla Margareta Stephanie Winberg is an ice hockey player who plays forward position for the Sweden women's national ice hockey team. She won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. She ...more

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Lotta Schelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's football Charlotta Eva Schelin, usually referred to as Lotta Schelin, is a Swedish football player who currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais of the Division 1 Féminine. She plays as a striker and ...more

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Madeleine Grundström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's handball Madeleine Gustafsson, formerly Madeleine Grundström is a Swedish handball goalkeeper who plays for the Sweden women's national handball team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Johan Olsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's 4x10 km Relay, Men's 50 km, Mass start Johan Arne Olsson is a Swedish cross-country skier and Olympic champion who has raced since 1998. He has 5 individual FIS Cross-Country World Cup victories and 2 additional podium finishes.

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Mathias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Mathias Fredriksson is a Swedish former cross country skier who has competed since 1993. He earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Fredriksson's best ...more

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Isabelle Gulldén is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's handball Isabelle Therese Gulldén is a Swedish handball player who plays as a playmaker for the Swedish national team. She was part of the Swedish team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and ...more

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Emma Johansson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Road cycling, individual road race Emma Johansson is a Swedish professional racing cyclist. She won the silver medal in the women's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics. After having finished second in the 2009 Trofeo Alfredo ...more

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Emma Green Tregaro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Emma Anna-Maria Green Tregaro is a Swedish high jumper. She won a bronze medal in the event at the 2005 IAAF World Championships. She represented Sweden at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She finished ...more

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Susanna Kallur is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Susanna Elisabeth "Sanna" Kallur is a Swedish athlete competing mainly in sprint hurdles. She has won several international medals, including the gold medal in the 100 m hurdles at the ...more

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Nike Bent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Nike Bent is a Swedish former alpine skier who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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Therese Borssén is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Therese Borssén, in Rättvik, is a Swedish former skier specialized in slalom. Her first World Cup win came in Semmering, on 29 December 2006. She resides in Rättvik and ...more

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Annika Fredén is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's handball Annika Fredén is a Swedish handball player. She has played for the Danish club Horsens HK and for the Swedish national team. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the ...more

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Linnea Torstenson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's handball Linnea Marie Torstenson is a Swedish female handballer who plays as a left back for CSM București in the Romanian Liga Naţională and the Sweden national team. She was among the top ten ...more

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Lisa Nordén is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Lisa Nordén is a professional Swedish triathlete, 2008 Olympian and 2012 Olympic silver medalist. She is also the winner of the 2012 Triathlon World Series. Nordén's other ...more

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Johan Wissman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Johan Lukas Wissman is a Swedish athlete from Helsingborg, specializing in the 200 and 400 m. He is the current national record holder in both of these events. Wissman won the gold medal at the ...more

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Thomas Johansson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Tennis, doubles Karl Thomas Conny Johansson, commonly known as Thomas Johansson, is a former Swedish tennis grand slam champion. He won the 2002 Australian Open and was an Olympic Silver medalist in doubles.

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Robert Svensson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden

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Susanne Ljungskog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Susanne Ljungskog is a Swedish cyclist. A four-time Olympian, she won the world road race championship in 2002 and 2003. The same years, she was UCI points champion. She has also won two World ...more

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Danijela Rundqvist is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Ice Hockey Danijela Kristina Rundqvist is a Swedish ice hockey player.

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Thomas Löfkvist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Thomas Löfkvist Thomas Löfkvist is a Swedish former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for the UCI Professional Continental team IAM Cycling. He became the youngest Swedish professional road ...more

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Mattias Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Mattias Blomberg is a professional snowboarder.

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Jessica Lindell-Vikarby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Jessica Lindell-Vikarby is a Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Huddinge, Stockholm County, she made her World Cup debut in October 2002, and has two World Cup victories and seven ...more

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Kenny Jönsson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Ice Hockey Per Anders Kenny Jönsson is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player.

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Jonas Björkman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Jonas Lars Björkman is a former World No. 4 Swedish professional tennis player. He is also a former World No. 1 in doubles. Björkman retired from professional tennis after competing at ...more

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Katarina Timglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's Ice Hockey Anna Katarina Timglas is a Swedish ice hockey player. She won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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Magnus Petersson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Men's Archery, individual Magnus Petersson is an archer from Sweden. He is an experienced Olympian, having won a silver medal in 1996. Petersson advanced to the semifinals in archery at the 2000 Summer Olympics, but was ...more

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Greta Johansson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Women's 10 metre platform Anna Teresa Margareta "Greta" Johansson was a Swedish diver and swimmer, who competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics. She won the gold medal in the 10 me platform and finished fourth with ...more

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Maria Pietilä Holmner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Maria Helena Pietilä-Holmner is a Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer. She specializes in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. Born in Umeå, Pietilä-Holmner made her ...more

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Mats Larsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Mats Larsson is a Swedish cross country skier who has raced since 1999. He earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and finished 20th in the 15 km event ...more