Olympians With Animals Named After Them (26)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Role(s) Era Notes
Glenn Anderson CAN IHO Olympics 1980 Aulacopleura andersoni, a trilobite
Boris Becker GER TEN Olympics 1992 Bufonaria borisbeckeri, a sea snail
Abebe Bikila ETH ATH Olympics / Other 1960—1968 Pholcus bikilai, a spider
Juan Carlos, Crown Prince de Borbón ESP SAL Olympics / Other 1972—1992 Chelidonura juancarlosi , a sea snail
Hassiba Boulmerka ALG ATH Olympics / Administrator 1988—2000 Gibberula boulmerkae, a sea snail
Novak Đoković SRB TEN Olympics / Other 2008—2020 Travunijana djokovici, a snail
Roger Federer SUI TEN Olympics / Other 2000—2012 Strongylophthalmyia federeri, a fly
Vicente Feola BRA FBL Coach 1960—1964 Neotrichia feolai, a caddisfly
Steffi Graf GER
FRG
TEN Olympics / Non-Medal 1984—1992 Gibberula grafae, a sea snail
Randy Gregg CAN IHO Olympics 1980—1988 Harpidella greggi, a trilobite
Simona Halep ROU TEN Olympics 2012 Phlebotomus simonahalepae, a fly
Caterine Ibargüen COL ATH Olympics / Other 2004—2020 Maeota ibargueni, a spider
Yelena Isinbayeva RUS ATH Olympics / Administrator 2000—2016 Gibberula isinbayevae, a sea snail
Jari Kurri FIN IHO Olympics / Administrator 1980—2006 Harpidella kurrii, a trilobite
Tina Maze SLO ALP Olympics / Other 2002—2014 Caerostris tinamaze, a spider
Lionel Messi ARG FBL Olympics 2008 Liolaemus messii, a lizard
Martina Navratilova USA TEN Olympics 2004 Gibberula navratilovae, a sea snail
Nairo Quintana COL CRD Olympics 2020 Oxelytrum nairoi, a beetle
Tuukka Rask FIN IHO Olympics 2014 Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski, a wasp
Teddy Riner FRA JUD Olympics / Other 2008—2020 Marginellopsis rineri, a sea snail
Ronaldinho Gaúcho BRA FBL Olympics 2000—2008 Eulaema quadragintanovem, a bee
Esa Tikkanen FIN IHO Olympics 1998 Harpidella tikkaneni, a trilobite
Rigoberto Urán COL CRD Olympics 2008—2020 Pristimantis urani, a frog
Vavá BRA FBL Olympics 1952 Neotrichia vavai, a caddisfly
Lasse Virén FIN ATH Olympics / Other 1972—1980 Drosophila vireni, a fly
Mário Zagallo BRA FBL Coach 1996 Neotrichia zagalloi, a caddisfly