Famous Olympians

We are thrilled to be bringing you this brand new collection of posters, colouring pages, worksheets, writing pages and fun facts about some of the most famous Olympians of all time! We've tried to include a variety of heroes - outstanding men and women from all around the world who have shone in their sport and/or their service to their country or the Olympic Games.

For each of the famous Olympians below we have a simple page of facts, quotes and videos which you can read and enjoy with your children, together with a set of our fun printable pages. You can learn a little about names that you don't recognise and those that you do, and put together a great project on Olympic heroes that your kids will treasure!

Our Famous Olympians are part of a much bigger collection of Famous People at Activity Village!

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Carl Lewis
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Cathy Freeman
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Chris Hoy
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Daley Thompson
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Dhyan Chand
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Emil Zatopek
Emil Zátopek (1922 – 2000) was a Czech long-distance runner who won three gold medals at the...
Fanny Blankers-Koen
Francina "Fanny" Elsje Blankers-Koen (1918 – 2004) was a Dutch athlete, best known...
Haile Gebrselassie
Haile Gebrselassie (1973 - present) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who has won two Olympic...
Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe OAM (1982 - present), is an Australian swimmer who has won five Olympic gold medals -...
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Jesse Owens
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (1913 – 1980) was an American track and field athlete...
Kelly Holmes
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Lasse Viren
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Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz (1950 - present) wowed the world by winning seven gold medals for America in swimming...
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson (1967 - present) won four Olympic gold medals for America and broke many world and...
Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps (1985 - present) has won more Olympic gold medals than any other sports person in...
Muhammad Ali
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Nadia Comaneci
Nadia Comăneci (1961 to present) won the world's hearts in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal...
Olga Korbut
Olga Korbut (1955 - present), won four gold medals and two silver medals for the USSR in the Summer...
Sebastian Coe
Sebastian Coe (1956 - present) (now a Baron and therefore referred to as Lord Coe) won the 1500 m...
Steve Redgrave
Sir Steven Redgrave (1962 - present) is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five...
Tanni Grey Thompson
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Usain Bolt
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