Olympians with animals named after them (26)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
Glenn Anderson CAN IHO 1980 Aulacopleura andersoni, a trilobite
Boris Becker GER TEN 1992 Bufonaria borisbeckeri, a sea snail
Abebe Bikila ETH ATH 1960—1984 Pholcus bikilai, a spider
Juan Carlos, Crown Prince de Borbón ESP SAL 1972—1985 Chelidonura juancarlosi , a sea snail
Hassiba Boulmerka ALG ATH/IOC 1988—2000 Gibberula boulmerkae, a sea snail
Novak Đoković SRB TEN 2008—2020 Travunijana djokovici, a snail
Roger Federer SUI TEN 2000—2012 Strongylophthalmyia federeri, a fly
Vicente Feola BRA Coach/FBL 1960—1964 Neotrichia feolai, a caddisfly
Steffi Graf GER
FRG
TEN 1984—1999 Gibberula grafae, a sea snail
Randy Gregg CAN IHO 1980—1988 Harpidella greggi, a trilobite
Simona Halep ROU TEN 2012 Phlebotomus simonahalepae, a fly
Caterine Ibargüen COL ATH 2004—2020 Maeota ibargueni, a spider
Yelena Isinbayeva RUS ATH/IOC 2000—2016 Gibberula isinbayevae, a sea snail
Jari Kurri FIN IHO/IOC 1980—2006 Harpidella kurrii, a trilobite
Tina Maze SLO ALP 2002—2014 Caerostris tinamaze, a spider
Lionel Messi ARG FBL 2008 Liolaemus messii, a lizard
Martina Navratilova USA TEN 2004 Gibberula navratilovae, a sea snail
Nairo Quintana COL CRD 2020 Oxelytrum nairoi, a beetle
Tuukka Rask FIN IHO 2014 Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski, a wasp
Teddy Riner FRA JUD 2008—2020 Marginellopsis rineri, a sea snail
Ronaldinho Gaúcho BRA FBL 2000—2008 Eulaema quadragintanovem, a bee
Esa Tikkanen FIN IHO 1998 Harpidella tikkaneni, a trilobite
Rigoberto Urán COL CRD 2008—2020 Pristimantis urani, a frog
Vavá BRA FBL 1952 Neotrichia vavai, a caddisfly
Lasse Virén FIN ATH 1972—1980 Drosophila vireni, a fly
Mário Zagallo BRA Coach/FBL 1996 Neotrichia zagalloi, a caddisfly