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List of famous athletes from Denmark, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Denmark has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Danish athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Denmark and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Denmark then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Danish athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Denmark?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Denmark in order to get more information about each one.

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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Peter Bolesław Schmeichel MBE is a Danish retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the "World's Best Goalkeeper" in 1992 and 1993. He is best ...more

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Michael V. Knudsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
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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Mikkel Hansen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Mikkel Hansen is a Danish handball player, currently playing in PSG Handball. He was voted as the IHF World Player of the Year in 2011 by the International Handball Federation. He joined FC ...more

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Hans Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Hans Lindberg is a Danish handball player, formerly an Icelandic citizen. He is of Icelandic ancestry, and was raised by his Icelandic parents from Hafnarfjörður. He won the 2008 ...more

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Stig Tøfting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Stig Tøfting, nicknamed Tøffe, and The Lawn Mower, is a former Danish professional footballer and assistant coach, who most recently was the assistant of Erik Rasmussen at AGF. ...more

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Mads Timm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lyngby Boldklub Mads Timm is a Danish footballer, who is player-coach, playing as a forward, for Danish Serie 1 club Kerteminde Boldklub.

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Niklas Landin Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Niklas Landin Jacobsen is a Danish handballer, currently playing for German club Rhein-Neckar Löwen. He is European Champion with the Danish national team, after winning the 2012 ...more

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Thomas Mogensen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Thomas Mogensen is a Danish team handball player. He currently plays in the professional German Bundesliga for SG Flensburg-Handewitt. He was Danish champion and selected as the best player in ...more

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René Toft Hansen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
René Toft Hansen is a Danish handballer, playing for the German league club THW Kiel. He had his first game with the Danish national team in 2005. He is the older brother of HSV Hamburg ...more

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Jan Mølby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Jan Mølby is a Danish former professional footballer, and manager. As a player he was a midfielder from 1982 to 1998. He notably spent twelve years playing in England with Liverpool. ...more

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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle-class family. A tennis player in his ...more

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Lena Frier Kristiansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lena Frier Kristiansen is a female badminton player from Denmark.

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Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish professional tennis player. She is a former World No. 1 on the WTA Tour, having held this position for 67 weeks. She was the first woman from a Scandinavian ...more

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David Andersen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
David Emil Andersen is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for ASVEL Basket of the LNB Pro A. He also holds a Danish passport because he has a Danish father and an ...more

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Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Witt... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Princess Nathalie Xenia Margrethe Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg is the youngest daughter of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark and niece ...more

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Lotte Friis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lotte Friis is a Danish swimmer from Allerød. Friis was born in Blovstrød. Finishing third in the 1500 metre freestyle competition at the European Championships 2008 in Eindhoven ...more

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Christian Keller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Christian Keller. is a former medley and freestyle swimmer from Germany, who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1992. Four years later the ...more

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Anja Andersen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Anja Andersen is a female former handball player and currently coach.

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Tom Kristensen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Tom Kristensen is a Danish professional racing driver. He holds the record for the most wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with nine, six of which were consecutive. In 1997, he won the race with ...more

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Paul Bert Elvstrøm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Paul Bert Elvstrøm is a yachtsman from Denmark. He has won four gold medals at the Olympic Games and won world championships eleven times in eight different types of boat, including ...more

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Tem Hansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
BK Søllerød-Vedbæk Tem Willesmoes Thordan Hansen is a former Danish/Faroese professional football midfielder. Hansen began his professional career with 1. Division side B.93, making his debut in 2002 aged 17. He ...more

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Birte Christoffersen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Birte Christoffersen, later Hanson, later Ekberg, is a Danish and later Swedish diver who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and in the 1960 Summer Olympics. She ...more

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Rikke Skov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Rikke Skov is a Danish handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. A loyal player of Viborg HK, Skov ...more

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Stefanie Clausen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Anna Stefanie Nanna Fryland Clausen was a Danish diver who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics. In 1920 she won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform competition.

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Rikke Hørlykke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
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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Wilson Kipketer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Wilson Kosgei Kipketer is a Kenyan-born Danish former middle distance runner. He holds the current indoor world records at the 1000 and 800 metres distance. While dominating the 800 m distance ...more

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Winston Reid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Winston Reid FC Midtjylland Winston Wiremu Reid is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for English club West Ham United and also captains the New Zealand national team.

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Michael Mørkøv is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Michael Mørkøv Christensen is a Danish professional racing cyclist on UCI ProTeam Tinkoff-Saxo. Mørkøv started as a track cyclist, becoming national champion in the ...more

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Kamilla Rytter Juhl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Kamilla Rytter Juhl is a female badminton player from Denmark. Juhl won the 2006 European Badminton Championships in mixed doubles with partner Thomas Laybourn, and a bronze medal in women's ...more

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Lis Hartel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lis Hartel was an equestrian from Denmark. She was originally coached by her mother, Else Holst, but began to be coached by professional horseman Gunnar Andersen when she became nationally ...more

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Michael Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Michael Rasmussen is a retired Danish professional bicycle racer, who competed in road racing and mountain biking. His most notable victories include four stages of the Tour de France, one stage ...more

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Katrine Fruelund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Katrine Fruelund is a former Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received gold medals with the Danish national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and at the 2004 Summer ...more

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Lene Rantala is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lene Rantala is a Danish team handball player, currently playing for the Norwegian club Larvik HK. She debuted on the Danish national team on 14 February 1991, and has since played 226 matches ...more

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Joachim Olsen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Joachim Brøchner Olsen is a Danish politician and former world class shot putter. He was elected to the Danish parliament at the 2011 election, representing the Liberal Alliance in the ...more

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Nabil Aslam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Pakistan national football team Nabil Aslam is a Pakistani footballer of Danish descent, who currently plays for Svebølle B&I in the Danish 2nd Division. In February 2015 he was called by Pakistan Football ...more

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Helle Frederiksen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Helle Frederiksen is a Danish professional triathlete. She represented Denmark in triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing 27th, and raced on International Triathlon Union race curcuit. ...more

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Jamal Bhuyan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Jamal Bhuyan Hellerup IK Jamal Bhuyan is a Bangladeshi soccer player.

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Christina Scherwin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Christina Scherwin is a Danish javelin thrower. She threw the javelin at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but with her throw of 56.87 m failed to qualify for the finals. Her biggest success was at the ...more

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Brian Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Brian Nielsen is a retired Danish professional boxer. He is the former IBO and International Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion.

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Karin Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Karin Ørnhøj Mortensen is a Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received gold medals with the Danish national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and at ...more

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Trine Jensen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Trine Jensen is a Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She won a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

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Thomas Helveg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Odense BK Thomas Lund Helveg is a former Danish professional footballer who played as a defender for Odense Boldklub in the Danish Superliga, with whom he won the 1989 Danish championship. The most ...more

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Renata Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Renata Pytełewska Nielsen is a Polish-born former Danish long jumper. She was born on 18. May 1966 in Otwock, Mazowieckie, Poland. She participated in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. Her ...more

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Lars Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Lars Roslyng Christiansen is a former Danish team handball player. He is European Champion, winning the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship and 2012 European Men's Handball Championship ...more

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Brian Laudrup is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Brian Laudrup is a Danish former football player and current football commentator, pundit and analyst on TV3+. Along with former international goalkeeper Lars Høgh, Laudrup manages a ...more

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Camilla Dalby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Camilla Dalby is a Danish team handball player who plays for the club ŽRK Budućnost and for the Danish women's national handball team. At the 2010 European Women's Handball Championship she ...more

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Frederik Klokker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Frederik Andreas Klokker is a Danish cricketer. Klokker is a left-handed batsman who fields as a wicket-keeper. He was born at Odense, Funen County.

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Louise Bager Due is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Louise Bager Due is a Danish handball goalkeeper and Olympic champion who currently plays for Viborg HK. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Dan Eggen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Dan Eggen is a Norwegian football coach and former player. He is currently coaching KFUM-Kameratene Oslo of the Norwegian Second Division. He has previously coached Kolbotn in the Norwegian ...more

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Anne Dorthe Tanderup is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Denmark
Anne Dorthe Tanderup is a former professional Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. ...more