List of Olympic athletes born in South America, listed alphabetically with photos when available. These famous Olympians from South America 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 South America who have competed in the Olympics, although not all of them have taken home an Olympic medal. While these popular South America Olympians were born in South America, they didn't necessarily compete for their originating country. You can rank all of these athletes, from Lionel Messi to Ronaldinho.This list answers the questions, "Which Olympians are from South America?" and "Which Olympians were born in South America?"