Latvia at the Olympics

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Latvia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Latvia
IOC code  LAT
NOC Latvian Olympic Committee
Website www.olimpiade.lv (Latvian) (English)
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Other related appearances
Russian Empire (1900–1912)
Soviet Union (1952–1988)

Latvia first participated at the Olympic Games in 1924. After the nation was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, Latvian athletes competed for the Soviet Union at the Olympics between 1952 and 1988. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and independence of Latvia in 1991, the nation returned to the Olympic Games in 1992 and has competed at every Games since then.

Latvian athletes have won a total of nineteen medals at the Summer Olympic Games and seven medals at the Winter Olympic Games. They have won a remarkably high proportion of silver medals, with three gold medals. These totals do not include medals won by Latvian athletes while competing for the Soviet Union.

The National Olympic Committee for Latvia was first created in 1922. The current NOC is the Latvian Olympic Committee, which was recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1991.

Medal tables by Games[edit]

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Medalists[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Daliņš, JānisJānis Daliņš United States 1932 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 50 km walk
 Silver Bietags, EdvīnsEdvīns Bietags Nazi Germany 1936 Berlin Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman light heavyweight
 Bronze Bubenko, AdalbertsAdalberts Bubenko Nazi Germany 1936 Berlin Athletics Men's 50 km walk
 Silver Klementjevs, IvansIvans Klementjevs Spain 1992 Barcelona Canoeing Men's C-1 1000 metres
 Silver Kuzmins, AfanasijsAfanasijs Kuzmins Spain 1992 Barcelona Shooting Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol
 Bronze Ozols, DainisDainis Ozols Spain 1992 Barcelona Cycling (Road) Men's individual race
 Silver Klementjevs, IvansIvans Klementjevs United States 1996 Atlanta Canoeing Men's C-1 1000 metres
 Gold Vihrovs, IgorsIgors Vihrovs Australia 2000 Sydney Gymnastics Men's floor exercises
 Silver Fadejevs, AigarsAigars Fadejevs Australia 2000 Sydney Athletics Men's 50 km walk
 Bronze Zeļonijs, VsevolodsVsevolods Zeļonijs Australia 2000 Sydney Judo Men's lightweight
 Silver Saproņenko, JevgēņijsJevgēņijs Saproņenko Greece 2004 Athens Gymnastics Men's vault
 Silver Vasiļevskis, VadimsVadims Vasiļevskis Greece 2004 Athens Athletics Men's javelin throw
 Silver Rubļevska, JeļenaJeļena Rubļevska Greece 2004 Athens Modern pentathlon Women's individual
 Silver ScerbatihsViktors Ščerbatihs Greece 2004 Athens Weightlifting Men's super heavyweight
 Gold Štrombergs, MārisMāris Štrombergs China 2008 Beijing Cycling (BMX) Men's BMX
 Silver Kovals, AinārsAinārs Kovals China 2008 Beijing Athletics Men's javelin throw
 Bronze Viktors Ščerbatihs China 2008 Beijing Weightlifting Men's super heavyweight
 Bronze Mārtiņš Pļaviņš
Jānis Šmēdiņš
United Kingdom 2012 London Beach volleyball Men's tournament
 Gold Štrombergs, MārisMāris Štrombergs United Kingdom 2012 London Cycling (BMX) Men's BMX

Winter Olympics[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Bronze Rubenis, MārtiņšMārtiņš Rubenis Italy 2006 Turin Luge Men's singles
 Silver Andris Šics
Juris Šics
Canada 2010 Vancouver Luge Doubles
 Silver Martins Dukurs Canada 2010 Vancouver Skeleton Men's
 Bronze Andris Šics
Juris Šics
Russia 2014 Sochi Luge Doubles
 Bronze Mārtiņš Rubenis
Elīza Tīruma
Andris Šics
Juris Šics
Russia 2014 Sochi Luge Team relay
 Silver Martins Dukurs Russia 2014 Sochi Skeleton Men's

List of gold medal winners[edit]

No. Name Sport Year
In the Soviet Union
1 Inese Jaunzeme Javelin throw 1956
2 Elvīra Ozoliņa Javelin throw 1960
3 Ivans Bugajenkovs Volleyball 1964
4 Staņislavs Lugailo Volleyball 1964
5 Ivans Bugajenkovs Volleyball 1968
6 Oļegs Antropovs Volleyball 1968
7 Jānis Lūsis Javelin throw 1968
8 Tatjana Veinberga Volleyball 1968
9 Uļjana Semjonova Basketball 1976
10 Tamāra Dauniene Basketball 1976
11 Vera Zozuļa Luge 1980
12 Uļjana Semjonova Basketball 1980
13 Dainis Kūla Javelin throw 1980
14 Pāvels Seļivanovs Volleyball 1980
15 Aleksandrs Muzičenko Sailing 1980
16 Jānis Ķipurs Boblsleigh 1988
17 Vitālijs Samoilovs Ice hockey 1988
18 Afanasijs Kuzmins Shooting 1988
19 Ivans Klementjevs Canoeing 1988
20 Natālija Laščonova Gymnastics 1988
21 Igors Miglinieks Basketball 1988
Independent Latvia
22 Igors Vihrovs Gymnastics 2000
23 Māris Štrombergs BMX 2008
24 Māris Štrombergs BMX 2012

Notes[edit]

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Haralds Silovs became the first athlete in Olympic history to participate in both short track (1500m) and long track (5000m) speed skating, and the first to compete in two different disciplines on the same day.[1][2][3][4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latvia's quick-change artist makes Olympic history". Toronto Star. 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (2010-02-13). "Latvian speedskater is 1st to do double duty". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ CTV Olympics, "Latvian skater makes Olympic history", Agence France Press, 14 February 2010 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  4. ^ New York Times, "Crosstown Ride to a Speedskating First", Associated Press, 30 January 2010 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.