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List of the best team handball Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous team handball 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 team handball Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest team handball Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best team handball athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

A list made up of athletes like Ivano Balić and Igor Vori.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic team handball athletes?" and "Who is the best team handball competitor of all time?"
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Ivano Balić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 38 Ivano Balić is a Croatian handballer, world and Olympic champion. Balić is widely considered by experts and fans to be one of the best handball players of all time. He was voted 5 times in a row ...more

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Michael V. Knudsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 39 Michael Vestergaard Knudsen is a Danish team handball player. He is a European Champion, having won the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship with the Danish national handball team. He ...more

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Stefan Kretzschmar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 45 Stefan Kretzschmar is a retired professional German handball player. The son of Peter Kretzschmar, a legendary handball player and coach in the former GDR and Waltraud Kretzschmar, a former ...more

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Róbert Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 37 Róbert Gunnarsson is an Icelandic handball player who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the Icelandic national team as a line player. He has competed for Iceland at three Olympic Games, ...more

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Raúl Entrerríos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 37 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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Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 38 Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson is an Icelandic handball player who plays for FC Barcelona Handbol.

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Mirza Džomba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Mirza Džomba is a retired Croatian handball player, World champion and Olympic champion.

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Patrekur Jóhannesson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 45 Patrekur Jóhannesson is an Icelandic former handball player and current coach who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In November 2011 he was appointed the head coach for the Austrian ...more

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Nora Mørk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added Nora Mørk

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Vlado Šola is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 49 Vlado Šola is a retired Croatian team handball player. He was born in Prisoje, near Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and his family moved to Croatia when he was young. He played the ...more

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Alberto Entrerríos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 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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Linn Jørum Sulland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added age 33 Linn Jørum Sulland is a Norwegian handballer playing for Larvik HK. She also participates in the handball and beach handball national teams. Until July 2009 she played for Stabæk

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Madeleine Grundström is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 37 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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Annika Fredén is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 39 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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Hreiðar Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 37 Hreiðar Levy Guðmundsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Nøtterøy IF in Norway. He was part of the Icelandic team that won the silver medal at the

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Camilla Herrem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added age 31 Camilla Herrem is a Norwegian handball player who plays as a left wing for HCM Baia Mare in the Romanian Liga Naţională and the Norwegian national team.

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Torsten Jansen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Torsten "Toto" Jansen is a German handballer, currently playing for HSV Hamburg in the Bundesliga. He is also a regular member of the German national team. He received a silver medal ...more

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Grit Jurack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added age 40 Grit Jurack is a German team handball player, playing on the German women's national handball team. She was Top Scorer in the 2007 World Women's Handball Championship and included on the ...more

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Linnea Torstenson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 35 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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Susann Müller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added Susann Müller

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Christian Schwarzer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 48 Christian "Blacky" Schwarzer is a now-retired professional German handball player and a member of the 2004 Olympic silver medal-winning Germany national handball team. Born in ...more

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Venio Losert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Venio Losert is a Croatian team handball player who plays at the goalkeeper position. Losert was born in Zavidovići, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, grew up in Slavonski Brod, SR Croatia. Winning the ...more

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Sara Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 39 Sara Holmgren is a Swedish handball player. She plays for the club HC Leipzig and for the Swedish national team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the Swedish team ...more

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Sigfús Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 42 Sigfús Sigurðsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Valur in The N1 League. He competed at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal in 2008.

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Andrey Lavrov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
chicosh added age 56 Andrey Ivanovich Lavrov is a Russian handball goalkeeper and the only three times Olympic handball champion. Lavrov is also the only athlete to have won Olympic gold medals for three different ...more

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Guðmundur Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 57 Guðmundur Þórður Guðmundsson is a former handball player and current coach. He was the head coach of the Iceland national handball team. Under his command the Icelandic ...more

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Therese Bengtsson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 39 Therese Bengtsson is a Swedish handball goalkeeper. She plays for the club Eslövs IK and for the Swedish national team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the ...more

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Johanna Ahlm is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 30 Johanna Ahlm is a Swedish handball player who has played for the Sweden women's national handball team. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where Sweden placed 8th. Ahlm was ...more

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Dominik Klein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 34 Dominik Klein is a German team handball player. He is World champion from 2007 with the German national team. He participated on the German team that finished 4th at the 2008 European Men's ...more

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Zdravko Miljak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 67 Zdravko Miljak is a Croatian handball player who competed for Yugoslavia in the 1972 Summer Olympics and in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He was born in Vinkovci, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia. In 1972 he ...more

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Jessica Enström is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Jessica Enström is a Swedish handball player. She has played for the club IHV Västerås and for the Swedish national team. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where ...more

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Alain Portes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 56 Alain Portes is a French handball player who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1992 he was a member of the French handball team which won the bronze medal. He played four matches and ...more

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Valter Matošević is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 47 Valter Matošević is a Croatian team handball player at the goalkeeper position. He played for professional teams in Croatia, Germany, Spain, Denmark: 1995, 1996-1999 RK Zamet 1996, 2002-2003, ...more

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Nadine Krause is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added age 36 Nadine Krause is a German handballer who plays for TSV Bayer Leverkusen as a left back. She made her debut on the German A-Team in 1999, at the age of 17. She was top scorer at the 2005 World ...more

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Magnus Andersson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 51 Per Magnus Andersson is a Swedish handball player who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics, in the 1996 Summer Olympics, and in the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was born in Linköping. In 1992 ...more

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Petar Metličić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Petar Metličić is a Croatian handball player. He was captain of the Croatian national team which won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as well as the 2003 World Handball ...more

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Nycke Groot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added Nycke Groot

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Sturla Ásgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 37 Sturla Ásgeirsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for HSG Düsseldorf in Germany.

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Anja Hammerseng-edin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
Astro89 added Anja Hammerseng-edin

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Therese Islas Helgesson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 34 Therese Islas Helgesson is a Swedish handball player. She plays for the club Nordstrand IF and for the Swedish national team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the ...more

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Guillaume Gille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Guillaume Alain Gille, is a retired handballer from France, having last played for Chambéry SH. He was the winner of the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and is the older ...more

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Alberto Urdiales is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 49 Alberto Urdiales Márquez is a Spanish handball player. He competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics. In 1992, he was a member of the Spanish handball team which finished fifth in the ...more

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Bartłomiej Jaszka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 34 Bartłomiej Jaszka is a Polish team handball player, currently playing for Füchse Berlin and on the Poland national handball team. He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where Poland ...more

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Rikke Hørlykke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 41 Rikke Hørlykke Bruun Jørgensen is a Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in

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Johanna Wiberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 34 Johanna Wiberg is a Swedish handball player. She plays for the club FCK Håndbold and for the Swedish national team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the Swedish ...more

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Sara Eriksson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 36 Sara Eriksson is a Swedish handball player. She plays for the club HC Leipzig and for the Swedish national team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the Swedish team ...more

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Andrej Klimovets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 43 Andrej Klimovets is a former Belarusian and from 2005 German team handball player. He is World champion from 2007 with the German national team. He participated on the German team that finished ...more

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Olivier Girault is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 45 Olivier Girault is a now retired French team handball player, who is currently the coach of the Paris Handball team. He retired as a field player in 2008 after the victory of the France national ...more

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Tina Flognman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 36 Tina Flognman is a Swedish handball player who plays for the club Viborg HK and the Sweden women's national handball team. She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where Sweden ...more

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Teresa Utkovic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Team Handball
age 37 Teresa Utković is a Swedish handball player of Croatian descent. Her current club is Aalborg DH. Teresa's father Branko was from Žerava, a village near Zadar. She has younger brother, Rikard