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The Best Olympic Athletes in Rowing

List of the best rowing Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous rowing event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic rowing Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest rowing Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best rowing athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

List athletes include Steve Redgrave, Dominic Seiterle and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic rowing athletes?" and "Who is the best rowing competitor of all time?"
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  • Pertti Karppinen
    1
    • Date Of Birth: 02-17-1953
    • Place Of Birth: Finland,Europe,Scandinavia,Earth,Northern Hemisphere
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 1980 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls,Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls,Rowing at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Single sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1980 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    • Date Of Birth: 1938-07-30
    • Place Of Birth: Moscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia
    • Nationality: Russia
  • Olaf Tufte
    3
    Age: 46
    • Olympic Country: Norway
    • Date Of Birth: 04-27-1976
    • Place Of Birth: Tønsberg,Norway,Earth,Europe,Scandinavia
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls,Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Single sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
  • Mahé Drysdale
    4
    • Olympic Country: New Zealand
    • Date Of Birth: 1978-11-19
    • Place Of Birth: Melbourne,Australia,Victoria,Earth,Oceania
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: New Zealand
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Single sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
  • Steve Redgrave
    5
    • Olympic Country: United Kingdom
    • Date Of Birth: 03-23-1962
    • Place Of Birth: Amersham,United Kingdom,England,Europe,Western Europe
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed pairs,Rowing at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless pairs,Rowing at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless pairs,Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed fours,Rowing at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless fours
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Pairs with coxswain,Men's Pairs without coxswain,Men's Four with coxswain,Men's Four without coxswain
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1988 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1996 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal,Gold medal
  • Eskild Ebbesen
    6
    • Date Of Birth: 05-27-1972
    • Place Of Birth: Silkeborg,Denmark,Europe,Earth,Northern Hemisphere
  • 7
    • Date Of Birth: 12-26-1952
    • Place Of Birth: Greifswald,Germany,Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania,Europe,Western Europe
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Single sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1976 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
  • 8
    • Date Of Birth: 02-27-1964
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls,Rowing at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's Single sculls,Rowing at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Single sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1988 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal,Bronze medal
  • Jüri Jaanson
    9
    • Olympic Country: Estonia
    • Date Of Birth: 1965-10-14
    • Place Of Birth: Tartu,Estonia,Earth,Europe,European Union
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: Estonia
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's double sculls,Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Double sculls,Men's Single sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
  • 10
    • Date Of Birth: 1976-08-31
    • Place Of Birth: Lappeenranta,Finland,Europe,Scandinavia,Earth
  • 11
    • Date Of Birth: 1958-06-29
    • Place Of Birth: Rostock,Germany,Europe,Western Europe,Earth
  • Siegfried Brietzke
    12
    • Date Of Birth: 06-12-1952
    • Place Of Birth: Rostock,Germany,Europe,Western Europe,Earth
  • 13
    • Date Of Birth: 1967-11-24
    • Place Of Birth: Rathenow,Germany,Brandenburg,Europe,Western Europe
  • Kathrin Boron
    14
    • Date Of Birth: 1969-11-04
    • Place Of Birth: Eisenhüttenstadt,Germany,Brandenburg,Europe,Western Europe
    • Olympic Country: Czech Republic
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-09-19
    • Place Of Birth: Brno, Czech Republic
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: Czech Republic
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's single sculls
    • Weight: 69
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
  • Georgeta Damian
    16
    • Date Of Birth: 04-14-1976
    • Place Of Birth: Botoşani,Romania,Botoşani County,Earth,Europe
  • Elisabeta Lipă
    17
    • Date Of Birth: 1964-10-26
    • Place Of Birth: Siret,Romania,Earth,Europe,European Union
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Single Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    • Date Of Birth: 03-15-1971
    • Place Of Birth: Călăraşi County,Muntenia,Romania,Călăraşi,Sud
  • Martin Sinković
    19
    • Olympic Country: Croatia
    • Date Of Birth: 1989-11-10
    • Place Of Birth: Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: Croatia
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's quadruple sculls
    • Weight: 95
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Quadruple sculls without coxswain
    • Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
  • Elena Georgescu
    20
    • Date Of Birth: 1964-04-10
    • Place Of Birth: Bucharest,Romania,Earth,Europe,European Union
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  • Amber Halliday
    22
    • Olympic Country: Australia
    • Date Of Birth: 1979-11-13
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Lwt Double Sculls
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
  • 23
    • Olympic Country: Sweden
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
  • James Tomkins
    24
    • Olympic Country: Australia
    • Date Of Birth: 1965-08-19
    • Place Of Birth: Sydney,Australia,New South Wales,Earth,Oceania
    • Nationality: Australia
  • 25
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1988-09-04
    • Place Of Birth: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America
    • Olympic Sport: Rowing
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's eight
    • Weight: 90
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Eight with coxswain
    • Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal