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List of famous athletes from Romania, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Romania 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 Romanian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Romania 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 Romania then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List ranges from Bujor Hălmăgeanu to Magda Mihalache and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Romanian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Romania?"

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

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Éva Tófalvi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Éva Tófalvi is a Romanian biathlete of Hungarian ethnicity. She finished in 11th place in the Women's Overall World Cup standings and in 2nd place in the Individual event at the ...more

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Alexandra Stoian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Alexandra Stoian is a biathlete.

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Raluca Strămăturaru is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Raluca Strămăturaru is a Romanian luger who has competed since 1996. Her younger sister Violeta Strămăturaru is also a luger. Strămăturaru's best Luge World Cup season finish was 23rd in women's ...more

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Constantina Diţă is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Constantina Diţă, is a Romanian long-distance runner, who specializes mainly in the half marathon and marathon. She was the marathon gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having ...more

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Sandra Izbașa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Sandra Raluca Izbaşa is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a double Olympic champion, on floor at the 2008 Olympics and vault at the 2012 Olympics. She is also a winner of two Olympic bronze ...more

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Edith Miklos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Edith Miklos is an alpine skier.

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Dana Plotogea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Dana Plotogea is a biathlete.

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Sorana Cîrstea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Sorana Mihaela Cîrstea is a Romanian professional tennis player. Trained by Darren Cahill, she is ranked World No. 144 as of March 11, 2015. She achieved her career-high ranking of World ...more

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Alina Astafei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Alina Astafei is a Romanian born track and field athlete who attained German citizenship in 1995. She was one of the world's leading high jumpers in the 1990s. Representing Romania, she is the ...more

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Steliana Nistor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Steliana Nistor is a retired Romanian gymnast. She is an Olympic and a world bronze medalist with the team. Individually, she is a world all around and beam silver medalist and a multiple ...more

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Mihaela Chiras is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Mihaela Chiras is a Romanian luger who has competed since 2005. Her best finish at the FIL World Luge Championships was 28th in the women's singles event at Oberhof in 2008. Chiras's best finish ...more

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Gabriela Szabo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Gabriela Szabo is a retired Romanian runner. She competed in the 1500 m and 5000 m events at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal. Szabo was born to a Romanian ...more

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Carmen Tronescu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Carmen Radenovic is a Romanian bobsledder.

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Camelia Potec is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Camelia Potec is a female Romanian swimmer, who won the gold medal in the women's 200 m freestyle at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She won the Mare Nostrum in 2004.

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Roxana Luca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Roxana Luca is a Romanian figure skater. She is a ten-time Romanian national champion, competed twice at the Winter Olympics, and placed as high as 15th at the European Championships.

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Beatrice Căslaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Beatrice Câșlaru is a former medley swimmer from Romania, who competed in three consequentive Summer Olympics for her native country, starting in 1996. At her second Olympic appearance, in ...more

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Daniela Silivaş is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Viorica Daniela Silivaș-Harper, best known as Daniela Silivaș, is a Romanian former gymnast who is most famous for winning six medals in women's artistic gymnastics at the 1988 Olympic Games in ...more

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Katalin Kristó is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Katalin Kristó is a Romanian short track speed skater of Hungarian ethnicity, who competed at three Winter Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010. She achieved her best results in 1,500 meters ...more

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Alina Dumitru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Alina Dumitru is a Romanian judoka, one-time Olympic champion and eight-time European champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics she defeated Japanese double gold medallist Ryoko Tani, who until then ...more

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Maria Cioncan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Maria Cioncan was a middle distance runner from Romania, best known for winning a bronze medal in the 1500 metres event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Born in Maieru, she set personal bests in ...more

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Simona Amânar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Simona Amânar is a Romanian former gymnast. She is a seven-time Olympic medalist and a ten-time world medalist. Amânar helped Romania to win four consecutive world team titles as ...more

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Monika Gyorgy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Mónika György is a Romanian cross country skier of Hungarian ethnicity, who has competed since 2000. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 43rd in the 10 km ...more

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Alina Savin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Alina Savin is an Olympic Bobsleigh athlete from Romania.

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Petrica Hogiu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Petrica Hogiu is a cross-country skier.

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Eugen Radu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Eugen Radu is a Romanian luger who has competed since 1994. He was born in Tulcea. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 15th in the men's doubles event both in 2002 and ...more

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Bogdan Macovei is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Bogdan Macovei is a Romanian-born Moldovan luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 30th in the men's singles event at Turin in 2006. ...more

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Maricica Puică is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Maricica Puică is a Romanian former middle-distancerunner. She is the 1984 Olympic champion in the 3000 metres. One of the greatest female middle-distance runners of the 1980s, she also twice ...more

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Gheorghe Mureșan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Gheorghe Dumitru "My Giant" Mureșan, also known as Ghiţă, Big Ghiţă or George, is a retired Romanian professional basketball player. At 7 ft 7 in, he is the tallest player in NBA ...more

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Lidia Șimon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Lidia Slăvuțeanu-Șimon is a Romanian long-distance runner. She is the only woman to have competed in the Olympic marathon five times, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Teodora Ungureanu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Teodora Ungureanu is a retired Romanian gymnast who competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics. She is a three-time Olympic medalist and a World Championships silver medalist. After retiring from ...more

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István Avar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Újpest FC István Avar was footballer of German descent who at various times competed for both Hungary and Romanian. He played for Újpest FC, most famous for playing for the Hungarian ...more

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Noemi Lung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Noemi Lung Zaharia is a former butterfly and medley swimmer from Romania, who won two medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea: the silver in the 400 m individual medley, and the ...more

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Ana Maria Brânză is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Ana Maria Brânză is a Romanian épée fencer. She earned the silver medal in the individual épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal in the ...more

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Maria Marinela Mazilu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Maria Marinela Mazilu is a skeleton racer.

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Iolanda Balaș is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Iolanda Balaș is a former Romanian athlete, Olympic champion and world record holder in high jump, who is considered one of the greatest high jumpers ever.

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Cristina Casandra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Cristina Casandra, née Iloc is a Romanian long-distance runner who specializes mainly in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She took up the event in 2000, having initially specialized in the ...more

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Mihaela Peneş is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Mihaela Peneş, is a former track and field athlete from Romania, who competed mainly in the javelin throw. She competed for Romania at the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan in the ...more

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Valentin Cretu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Valentin Creţu is a Romanian luger who has competed since 2000. His best finish at the FIL World Luge Championships was 27th in the men's singles event at Altenberg in 2012. Cretu qualified for ...more

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Anișoara Cușmir-Stanciu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Anişoara Cuşmir-Stanciu is a former Romanian athlete who competed mainly in the Long Jump. Cuşmir-Stanciu improved the long jump world record four times between 1982 and 1983. She lost to Heike ...more

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Andrei Anghel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Andrei Anghel is a luger.

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Iuliu Barátky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Gyula Barátky was a football player who had represented both Hungary and Romania. His preferred position was the half right. He played a total of 155 games in the national Romanian ...more

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Iuliu Bodola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Iuliu Bodola was a Romanian-Hungarian footballer who played international football for both of those nations. His nickname was Duduş.

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Diana Mocanu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Diana Iuliana Mocanu is a former an Olympic and national record holding swimmer from Romania. She swam for Romania at the 2000 Olympics, where she won in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, both in ...more

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Oana Pantelimon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Oana Manuela Pantelimon, née Musunoiu is a Romanian high jumper. At the 2000 Olympic Games Pantelimon ended in third place, tied with Kajsa Bergqvist of Sweden. As the two athletes had an ...more

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Ioan-Gabriel Nan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Ioan-Gabriel Nan (born September 3, 1980) is an Olympic Alpine Skiing athlete from Romania.

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Simona Păucă is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Simona Pauca is a Romanian gymnast and Olympic champion. She competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where she tied for gold with her teammate Ecaterina Szabo on balance beam with a ...more

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Réka Ferencz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Réka Ferencz is a Romanian Olympic Biathlon athlete of Hungarian ethnicity.

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Lia Manoliu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Lia Manoliu was a Romanian discus thrower who won three Olympic medals, including one gold. She was the first Track & Field athlete to compete at six Olympics. Lia started her Olympic career ...more

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Nicolae Istrate is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Nicolae Istrate is a Romanian bobsledder who has competed since 2000. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 11th in the two-man event at Vancouver in 2010. At the FIBT ...more

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Raluca Olaru is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Romania
Ioana Raluca Olaru is a Romanian tennis player. The winner of nine singles and six doubles ITF Circuit titles, Olaru reached one WTA Tour singles final, at the 2009 Gastein Ladies, losing to ...more