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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42 7
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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21 3
Peter Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 2 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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26 8
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 3 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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23 6
Jan-Ove Waldner is listed (or ranked) 4 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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16 2
Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 5 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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31 14
Carolina Klüft is listed (or ranked) 6 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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18 7
Henrik Sedin is listed (or ranked) 7 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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15 6
Anja Pärson is listed (or ranked) 8 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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18 9
Stefan Holm is listed (or ranked) 9 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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16 8
Christian Olsson is listed (or ranked) 10 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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12 5
Pernilla Winberg is listed (or ranked) 11 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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15 8
Jörgen Persson is listed (or ranked) 12 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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16 9
Marcus Hellner is listed (or ranked) 13 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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11 5
Kajsa Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 14 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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11 5
Sofia Mattsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Sweden
Sofia Magdalena Mattsson is a Swedish wrestler.

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15 9
Lars Frölander is listed (or ranked) 16 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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16 10
Emma Johansson is listed (or ranked) 17 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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19 13
Kim Martin Hasson is listed (or ranked) 18 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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10 5
Madeleine Grundström is listed (or ranked) 19 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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14 9
Victoria Sandell Svensson is listed (or ranked) 20 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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8 3
Mathias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 21 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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12 7
André Myhrer is listed (or ranked) 22 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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11 6
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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15 11
Therese Alshammar is listed (or ranked) 24 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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8 4
Annika Fredén is listed (or ranked) 25 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