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Famous Athletes from Denmark

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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.

List includes Flemming Ahlberg, Mikkeline Kierkgaard and more.

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 Bolesław Schmeichel, MBE (Danish pronunciation: [pʰetɐ ˈsmaɪ̯ˀkl̩]; born 18 November 1963) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the IFFHS World's...  more

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    Michael Vestergaard Knudsen (born 4 September 1978) is a Danish team handball player. He is a European Champion, having won the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship with the Danish national...  more
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    Mikkel Hansen (born 22 October 1987) is a Danish handball player for Paris Saint-Germain and the Danish national team.Hansen has been named the IHF World Player of the Year for a record-tying three...  more
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    Hans Óttar Lindberg Tómasson (born 1 August 1981) is a Danish handball player for Füchse Berlin and the Danish national team.He won the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship and the 2012 European...  more
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    Stig Tøfting (born 14 August 1969), 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...  more
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    Mads Timm

    Lyngby Boldklub

    BirthplaceOdense, Denmark



    Mads Timm (born 31 October 1984) is a Danish footballer, who is player-coach, playing as a forward, for Danish Serie 1 club Kerteminde Boldklub....  more
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    Niklas Landin Jacobsen

    Niklas Landin Jacobsen (born 19 December 1988) is a Danish handballer for THW Kiel and the Danish national team.He has previously played for Rhein-Neckar Löwen. He is European Champion with the...  more
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    Thomas Mogensen (born 30 January 1983) is a Danish team handball player. He currently plays for Skjern Håndbold. He was Danish champion and selected as the best player in Denmark in 2007....  more
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    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 player and...  more
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    Jan Mølby (born 4 July 1963) is a Danish former professional footballer and manager. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1982 to 1998. After starting his career with Kolding, he moved on to Ajax...  more
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    Lars Ulrich (; Danish: [laːs ˈulˀʁæk]; born 26 December 1963) is a Danish musician, songwriter, record producer and podcaster. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy...  more

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    Lena Frier Kristiansen (born March 12, 1983) is a badminton player from Denmark. In 2001, she won the silver and bronze medals at the European Junior Championships in the mixed team and doubles...  more
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    Caroline Wozniacki (R) (Danish: [kʰaːoliːnə vɒsniˈaki]; Polish: [vɔʑˈɲatskʲi]; born 11 July 1990) is a Danish professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 in singles, the 20th in the Open...  more

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    David Emil Andersen (born 23 June 1980) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL). One of Australia's most experienced and...  more
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    Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Nathalie Xenia Margrethe Benedikte; born 5 February 1975) is the youngest daughter and child of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and...  more
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    Lotte Friis (born 9 February 1988) is a Danish competitive swimmer from Allerød. ...  more
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    Christian Keller (born August 3, 1972 in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia). is a former medley and freestyle swimmer from Germany, who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native...  more
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    Anja Andersen (born 15 February 1969 in Odense, Denmark) is a former handball player and currently a coach. She is widely regarded as perhaps the best Danish female handball player ever....  more
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    Tom Kristensen may refer to: Tom Kristensen (author) (born 1955), Norwegian author Tom Kristensen (poet) (1893–1974), Danish poet, novelist, literary critic and journalist Tom Kristensen (racing...  more
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    Paul Bert Elvstrøm (25 February 1928 – 7 December 2016) was a Danish yachtsman. He won four Olympic gold medals and eleven world titles in eight different types of boat, including Snipe, Soling,...  more
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    Tem Hansen

    BK Søllerød-Vedbæk


    NationalityDenmark, Faroe Islands

    Tem Willesmoes Thordan Hansen (born 18 January 1984) is a former Danish/Faroese professional football midfielder. Hansen began his professional career with 1. Division side B.93, making his debut in...  more
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    Birte Christoffersen (later Hanson, later Ekberg; born 28 March 1924), is a retired diver. She competed in the 3 m springboard and 10 m platform for Denmark at the 1948 Summer Olympics and for Sweden...  more
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    Rikke Erhardsen Skov (born 7 September 1980) 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...  more
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    Anna Stefanie Nanna Fryland Clausen (April 1, 1900 – August 2, 1981) was a Danish diver. She was a gold medalist at the 1920 Summer Olympics....  more
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    Rikke Hørlykke Bruun Jørgensen (born 2 May 1976) 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 Athens....  more