Lithuania at the Olympics

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Lithuania, after declaring restoration of independence from the Russian Empire in 1918, sent its athletes to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris for the first time. At first it was considered to send 33 athletes, but then it was decided to limit the delegation to 13 soccer players and 2 cyclists. The soccer players arrived in Paris only a day before the game was scheduled. Lithuania debuted at the Olympic games on May 25, 1924 at 2:40pm (Paris time) when the match between Lithuanian and Swiss teams started. Lithuania lost 9-0 (4-0). The cyclists could not finish the 188 km race because of technical difficulties.

In 1928 Summer Olympics Lithuania had 12 representatives for 4 sports: 2 boxers, 4 cyclists, and 5 athletics and one weightlifter. Juozas Vinča achieved the best results and took 5-7 place in boxing.

In 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California Lithuania did not participate due to economic difficulties and political controversies surrounding the National Olympic Committee[citation needed]. In 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin Lithuania was not invited by Germany due to Memelland/Klaipėda region controversy. In 1940 Lithuania lost its independence to the Soviet Russia. After the war Lithuanians participated in the Olympic games with the Soviet Union team. From 1952 to 1988, 86 Lithuanians participated in the Olympics and won 60 medals (57 in Summer and 3 in Winter Olympics).

After declaring independence in 1990 Lithuania did not miss any Olympic games.

Medalists

Summer Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Romas Ubartas 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's discus throw
 Bronze National basketball team 1992 Barcelona Basketball Men's competition
 Bronze National basketball team 1996 Atlanta Basketball Men's competition
 Gold Virgilijus Alekna 2000 Sydney Athletics Men's discus throw
 Gold Daina Gudzinevičiūtė 2000 Sydney Shooting Women's trap
 Bronze National basketball team 2000 Sydney Basketball Men's competition
 Bronze Diana Žiliūtė 2000 Sydney Cycling Women's individual road race
 Bronze Kristina Poplavskaja
Birutė Šakickienė
2000 Sydney Rowing Women's double sculls
 Gold Virgilijus Alekna 2004 Athens Athletics Men's discus throw
 Silver Austra Skujytė 2004 Athens Athletics Women's heptathlon
 Silver Andrejus Zadneprovskis 2004 Athens Modern pentathlon Men's competition
 Silver Edvinas Krungolcas 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlon Men's competition
 Silver Gintarė Volungevičiūtė 2008 Beijing Sailing Women's Laser Radial class
 Bronze Virgilijus Alekna 2008 Beijing Athletics Men's discus throw
 Bronze Andrejus Zadneprovskis 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlon Men's competition
 Bronze Mindaugas Mizgaitis 2008 Beijing Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg

Medals by sport

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 3 1 1 5
Shooting 1 0 0 1
Modern pentathlon 0 2 1 3
Sailing 0 1 0 1
Basketball 0 0 3 3
Cycling 0 0 1 1
Rowing 0 0 1 1
Wrestling 0 0 1 1
Total 4 4 5 13

Medal count

Year Number of athletes Number of sports Gold Silver Bronze
Independent Lithuania
1924 13 2
1928 12 4
The Soviet Union (medals are counted per indiduals)
1952 5 3 3
1956 7 4 4 1
1960 4 3 2 1
1964 16 3 1
1968 10 5 2 2 5
1972 8 4 2 1
1976 8 4 2 2 3
1980 16 7 7 1 3
1988 25 9 10 3 2
Independent Lithuania (medals are counted per teams)
1992 46 11 1 1
1996 60 14 1
2000 61 15 2 3
2004 59 13 1 2
2008 71 16 0 2 3
Totals 421 20 27 23 23

List of gold medal winners

No. Name Sport Year
In the Soviet Union
1 Vasilijus Matuševas Volleyball 1968
2 Danas Pozniakas Boxing 1968
3 Vladislavas Česiūnas Canoeing 1972
4 Modestas Paulauskas Basketball 1972
5 Vida Beselienė Basketball 1980
6 Aldona Česaitytė-Nenėnienė Handball 1976 and 1980
7 Lina Kačiušytė Swimming 1980
8 Sigita Mažeikaitė-Strečen Handball 1980
9 Angelė Rupšienė Basketball 1976 and 1980
10 Remigijus Valiulis Athletics 1980
11 Robertas Žulpa Swimming 1980
12 Algimantas Šalna Biathlon 1984
13 Valdemaras Chomičius Basketball 1988
14 Arvydas Janonis Football 1988
15 Artūras Kasputis Cycling 1988
16 Rimas Kurtinaitis Basketball 1988
17 Šarūnas Marčiulionis Basketball 1988
18 Arminas Narbekovas Football 1988
19 Valdemaras Novickis Handball 1988
20 Arvydas Sabonis Basketball 1988
21 Gintautas Umaras Cycling 1988 (twice)
22 Vida Vencienė Skiing 1988
Independent Lithuania
23 Romas Ubartas Discus throw 1992
24 Daina Gudzinevičiūtė Shooting 2000
25 Virgilijus Alekna Discus throw 2000 and 2004

See also

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