These famous Olympians from Iowa have achieved some of the highest honors in sports history just by qualifying for the Olympics. Most athletes will never be chosen to represent their countries so - even if they didn't bring home the medal - these competitors made Iowa proud. Athletes include everyone from Shawn Johnson to Dan Gable.
This list answers the questions, "Which Olympians are from Iowa?" and "Which Olympians were born in Iowa?"
800 Meter Track Athlete - 1980 Olympic Team Member ( the Moscow Olympics were boycotted by the United States) - 800m PR 1:45.21 (The gold medal in 1980 was won by Steve Ovett in 1:45.4)