Basque Athletes in Rio Olympics

Garbiñe Muguruza at Rio Olympics

Garbiñe Muguruza at Rio Olympics

Every Olympics, some Basque athletes are always present, usually representing Spain or France. This year we’ve tracked down the following Basque Olympians. If you know of any others, tell us about them in the comments below and we’ll add them to our list. BAT Basque Team is an online presence on Twitter and Facebook following Basque athletes at the Olympics. Most of their tweets are in Spanish and Basque. Also, EITB has a listing of the events of Basque athletes.

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Canoe Slalom, Men’s

Ander Elosegui

Age 28

From Irun, Gipuzkoa

Elosegi came in 2nd place in the semifinals and 8th place in the finals of canoe slalom.

Canoe Slalom, Women’s

Maialen Chourraut

Age 33

From Lasarte, Gipuzkoa

She won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics. She came in 11th in Rio preliminaries and goes to semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Canoe Sprint

Iñigo Peña

Age 25

From Zumaia, Gipuzkoa

Cycling, Men’s – Road

Jonathan Castroviejo

Age 29

From Getxo, Bizkaia

Professional road bicycle racer for the Movistar team.
Castroviejo came in 4th place in Men’s cycling timed trials.

Imanol Erviti

Age 32

From Irunea-Pamplona, Nafarroa

He is a professional road bicycle racer for the Movistar team.

Erviti’s Twitter

Ion Izagirre
Ion Izagirre

Ion Izaguirre Insausti

Age 27

From Ormaiztegi, Gipuzkoa

He is a professional road bicycle racer for the Movistar team.

He won one of the stages of the recent Tour de France.

Ane Santesteban
Ane Santesteban

Cycling, Women’s – Road

Ane Santesteban

Age 25

From Errenteria, Gipuzkoa

On Aug. 6, she finished 47 in the Olympics women’s cycling race.

Cycling, Men’s – Track

Juan Peralta

Age 26

From Figarol, Nafarroa

Entrevistas con las miembras vascas del equipo de
hockey sobre hierba

Field Hockey, Women’s

Maialen Garcia

Age 26

From Donostia, Gipuzkoa

Maria Lopez de Eguilaz

Age 32

From Getxo, Bizkaia

Patricia Maraña

Rocio Ybarra

Age 31

From Bilbao, Bizkaia


Nely Carla Alberto

Age 33

From Donostia, Gipuzkoa

Patricia Elorza

Age 32

From Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alaba

Ainhoa Hernandez

Age 22

From Barakaldo, Bizkaia

Elisabeth Pineda</strong

Age 35

From Bilbao, Bizkaia

Sugoi Uriarte, judoka, hopes to do better than the 2012 Olympics.
Sugoi Uriarte, judoka, hopes to do better than the 2012 Olympics.


Sugoi Uriarte

Age 32

From Vitoria, Alaba

Competed in the London Olympics.


Ander Zabala

Age 24

From Santurtzi, Bizkaia

Rugby Sevens

Amaia Erbina

Ordizia, Gipuzkoa

Age 19

“Mi aita me decía que podía estar en Río”

Barbara Pla

Age 33

From Catalonia, but lives in the Basque Country.

Twitter Barbara Pla


Ainhoa Tirapu

Age 32

Irunea, Nafarroa

She plays goalie on the Spanish national team. She plays for Athletic Bilbao.


Pablo Carrera

Age 30

Bilbao, Bizkaia


Markel Alberdi

Age 24

Twitter Markel Alberdi

Came in 14th in the 4 x 100 m freestyle relay. Alberdi broke the Spanish national record for 100 m. freestyle in 2014 at 49.25.


Garbiñe Muguruza

Age 22

She is from Caracas, Venezuela, but her father, Jose Antonio Muguruza is from Eibar, Gipuzkoa and she represents Spain in tennis competitions

She beat her idol, Serena Williams, in the 2016 French Open

She has already won her first round in the Olympics, in Women’s doubles, with partner Carla Suarez on Sunday Aug. 7

Muguruza’s Twitter

Garbiñe’s App

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Ainhoa Murua

Age 38


She has been competing the Olympics in this sport since 2004.