Iceland’s most successful Olympians

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Iceland competed at the Summer Olympic Games for the first time in 1912, and since then Icelandic sportsmen and women have won four Olympic medals – two silver and two bronze.

Here are Iceland’s most successful Olympians:

Vilhjálmur Einarsson – SILVER – Men’s triple jump – 1958 – 16.26 m

Vilhjálmur Einarsson (left) together with his son, Einar Vilhjálmsson, who …

Vilhjálmur Einarsson (left) together with his son, Einar Vilhjálmsson, who also represented Iceland in the Olympic Games (javelin). Photo: Iceland Monitor/Brynjar Gauti

Bjarni Friðriksson – BRONZE – Judo (men’s 95 kg) – 1984

Bjarni Friðriksson (right) is now a judo coach for the …

Bjarni Friðriksson (right) is now a judo coach for the Icelandic national team and is seen here with Þormóður Árni Jónsson at Rio 2016. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Sindri

Vala Flosadóttir – BRONZE – Women’s pole vault – 2000 – 4.50 m

Vala Flosadóttir won bronze in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, …

Vala Flosadóttir won bronze in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, with a lifetime best vault of 4.50 meters. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Rax

National Team – SILVER – Handball (men’s) – 2008

Iceland made it all the way to final in the …

Iceland made it all the way to final in the handball at Beijing 2008. They were beaten by France 28-23. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Brynj­ar Gauti

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