Best of the best Kiwi Olympians

At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, New Zealand's rowing eight won gold and the coxless fours won silver. Rod Dixon, who claimed bronze in the 1500 m, was the only other New Zealand medal winner at these Games.

The Romanos list

In his book Our Olympic century (2008), well-known sports writer Joseph Romanos gave his pick of New Zealand's best Olympians. Do you agree with his choices? Add your comments or alternative picks in the Community Contributions section below.

Men

  1. Peter Snell (athletics, 1960, '64)
  2. Danyon Loader (swimming, 1992, '96)
  3. Jack Lovelock  (athletics, 1932, '36)
  4. Murray Halberg (athletics, 1956, '60, '64)
  5. John Walker (athletics, 1976, '84)
  6. Mark Todd (equestrian, 1984, '88, '92, '96, 2000)
  7. Ian Ferguson (canoeing, 1976, '80, '84, '88, '92)
  8. Blyth Tait (equestrian, 1992, '96, 2000, '04)
  9. Paul MacDonald (canoeing, 1984, '88, '92)
  10. Rob Waddell (rowing, 1996, 2000)
  11. Hamish Carter (triathlon, 2000, '04)
  12. Ted Morgan (boxing, 1928)

Women

  1. Barbara Kendall (yachting, 1992, '96, 2000, '04)
  2. Annelise Coberger (skiing, 1992, '94)
  3. Sarah Ulmer (cycling, 1996, 2000, '04)
  4. Yvette Williams (athletics, 1952)
  5. Lorraine Moller (athletics, 1984, '88, '92, '96)
  6. Val Young (athletics, 1956, '60, '64)
  7. Marise Chamberlain (athletics, 1964)
  8. Rebecca Perrott (swimming, 1976)
  9. Sally Clark (equestrian, 1996)
  10. Jean Stewart (swimming, 1952)

Teams

  1. 1972 rowing eight
  2. 1976 men's hockey
  3. 1968 rowing coxed four
  4. 1984 K4 1000 canoeing
  5. 1984, '88 and '92 K2 500 canoeing
  6. 1984 and '88 Tornado-class yachting
  7. 1956 Sharpie-class yachting
  8. 2004 women's double sculls rowing
  9. 1964 Flying Dutchman-class yachting
  10. 1992 three-day equestrian eventing team

Credit

Alexander Turnbull Library
Cartoonist: Eric Heath
Reference: B-157-008
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

How to cite this page: 'Best of the best Kiwi Olympians', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/best-best-kiwi-olympians, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 23-Dec-2013

Community contributions


sean burt
10 Aug 2008
As part of my schools Maori programme I am truying to find a list of "Maori Olympians" at the 2008 Olympics and any past Maori Olympic medal winners.

What do you know?