List of Olympic athletes born in Kansas, listed alphabetically with photos when available. These famous Olympians from Kansas have achieved some of the highest honors in sports history just by qualifying for the Olympics, as most athletes will never be chosen to represent their countries. These are the most prominent people from Kansas who have competed in the Olympics, although not all of them have taken home an Olympic medal. While these popular Kansas Olympians were born in Kansas, they didn't necessarily compete for their originating country. Everything from Jim Ryun to Ruth Riley is included on this list.This list answers the questions, "Which Olympians are from Kansas?" and "Which Olympians were born in Kansas?"