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Popular Brazil Olympic Athletes

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Throughout history, Brazil has always been a major participant in the Olympic games and selected some of their top athletes to perform on behalf of the country. Famous Olympians from Brazil have achieved some of the highest honors in sports and Olympic history. These competitors are the most prominent people from Brazil who have competed in the Olympics. Without these fierce athletes, Brazil never would have won any medals. From Fernanda Oliveira to Diego Ribas da Cunha, here you'll find the top Brazilian Olympiads. 

Who is the greatest Brazilian Olympian of all time? Decide for yourself below by reading this list and familiarizing yourself with Brazil's top athletes. 

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    Afrânio da Costa

    Afrânio Antônio da Costa (14 March 1892 – 26 June 1979) was a Brazilian sport shooter who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics. He was born and died in Rio de Janeiro.In 1920 he won the silver medal in the 50 metre free pistol event and the bronze medal with the Brazilian team in the team 50 metre free pistol competition. He was also part of the Brazilian team which finished fourth in the Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's 30 metre team military pistol|team 30 metre military pistol event....  more
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 50m pistol
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
  • César Augusto Cielo Filho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛzɐɾ si.ˈelu ˈfiʎu], born 10 January 1987) is a Brazilian competitive swimmer who specializes in sprint events. He is the most successful Brazilian swimmer in history, having obtained three Olympic medals, winning six individual World Championship gold medals and breaking two world records.Cielo is the current world record holder in the 100-metre and 50-metre freestyle (long course). His gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in the 50-metre freestyle competition, is Brazil's only Olympic gold in swimming to date. In 2008, he broke the NCAA record in the 50-yard (46 m) freestyle (18.47 seconds) and in the 100-yard (91 m) freestyle...  more
    • Olympic Sport: Swimming
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 100m freestyle,Men's 50m freestyle
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal,Gold medal
  • Diego Ribas da Cunha (born 28 February 1985), commonly known as just Diego or Diego Ribas is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Flamengo and the Brazil national team. Diego began his career at Santos, where he won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles before moving to Porto in 2004. Despite winning further trophies in Portugal, his personal form dropped. After two seasons, he moved for €6 million to Werder Bremen where his form improved, winning domestic honours and helping them to the 2009 UEFA Cup Final. He also won honours at Atlético Madrid, including the UEFA Europa League in 2012. A full international for Brazil since 2003, Diego earned 34...  more
    • Olympic Sport: Football
  • Emanuel Fernando Sheffer Rego (born April 15, 1973 in Curitiba) is a male beach volleyball player from Brazil, who competed in five consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1996. He won the gold medal in the men's beach team competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, partnering Ricardo Santos. He famously offered his medal to his compatriot Vanderlei de Lima – who won a bronze in the men's marathon after being attacked by Neil Horan – a year later, though it was politely declined....  more
    • Olympic Sport: Beach volleyball
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Beach Volleyball
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal,Gold medal