Olympian Heads of State

Which Olympians have been heads of state – such as a President, Prime Minister, or King or Queen? We know of this happening 8 times, as follows:

Athlete NOC Sport Era Notes
Taro Aso JPN SHO 1976 Prime Minister of Japan 2008-09.
Juan Carlos Crown Prince de Borbón ESP SAI 1972 King of Spain 1975-present.
Albert Prince Grimaldi MON BOB 1988-2002 Prince of Monaco 2005-present.
Crown Prince Harald NOR SAI 1964-72 King of Norway 1991-present.
Crown Prince Konstantinos GRE SAI 1960 King of Greece 1964-73.
Crown Prince Olav NOR SAI 1928 King of Norway 1957-91.
Pál Schmitt HUN FEN 1968-76 President of Hungary 2010-12.
Marcus Stephen NRU/SAM WLT 1992-2000 President of Nauru 2007-11.

See also http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/friv/lists.cgi

2 thoughts on “Olympian Heads of State”

  1. Actually, Taro Aso never was head of state, as Japan has an emperor. He was head of government though.

  2. Missing: The (new) King of Spain.
    And Juan Carlos is not King anymore.

    @Jeroen Heijmans: The Japanese Emperor has a strange legal status other then Head of State, often translated as “symbol of the state”. This may or may not make Aso the head of state.

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