Great Britain at the Olympics

Athletes from the United Kingdom, all but three of its overseas territories, and the three Crown dependencies, can compete in the Olympic Games as part of Team GB. Athletes from Northern Ireland (part of the UK) can also choose to compete as part of Team Ireland instead (though most sports in NI are organised on an all-Ireland basis). It has sent athletes to every Summer and Winter Games, since the start of the Olympics' modern era in 1896, including the 1980 Summer Olympics, which were boycotted by a number of other Western nations. From 1896 to 2020 inclusive, Great Britain & NI has won 918 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 32 at the Winter Olympic Games. It is the only national team to have won at least one gold medal at every Summer Games, lying third globally in the winning of total medals, surpassed only by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Great Britain at the
Olympics
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IOC codeGBR
NOCBritish Olympic Association
Medals
Ranked 4th
Gold
296
Silver
323
Bronze
331
Total
950
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Team GB is organised by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as the National Olympic Committee for the UK. While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and BOA both refer to the team as 'Great Britain' and the team uses the brand name Team GB, the BOA explains that it is a contraction of the full title, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic Team.[1] Great Britain was one of 14 teams to compete in the first Games, the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, and is one of only three nations (France and Switzerland being the others) to have competed at every Summer and Winter Olympic Games. In 1908, the country finished in the Olympic table in first place for the first and only time in its history; its most successful performance both post-War and away from a home Games was in 2016, finishing second.

The most successful British Olympian by gold medals won is Sir Jason Kenny, who has won seven gold medals in track cycling. He is followed by Sir Chris Hoy who won six. Kenny also has the most total medals with 9, followed by fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins who has eight. Dame Laura Kenny, with five gold medals, has the most golds of any British female athlete and became the first British woman to win gold at three consecutive Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020. She shares the designation of most total medals by a British female competitor with horse-rider Charlotte Dujardin. Sir Steve Redgrave is the only British Olympian to win a gold medal in five consecutive Olympic Games, winning his first in 1984 Los Angeles and last in 2000 Sydney.

At the Winter Olympics as a non-alpine team Great Britain has historically been unable to replicate the amount of success they have achieved in the Summer Olympics although the team enjoyed gold medal success at figure skating through the seventies and eighties, while in recent years, the expansion of the Winter Olympics to include sports such as Curling, Snowboarding, Skeleton and Freestyle skiing has brought some renewed success. Currently, Great Britain is the most successful team in women's skeleton, having won a medal six times, and every gold medal from 2010 to 2018. The most successful Winter Olympian from the Great Britain team is Lizzy Yarnold, with two gold medals, both in the women's skeleton.

EligibilityEdit

 
A heroes' welcome for Welsh Olympians and Paralympians at Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament; 2012

As the National Olympic Committee (NOC) for the United Kingdom, the British Olympic Association (BOA) membership encompasses the four Home Nations of the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), plus the three Crown dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey), and all but three of the British Overseas Territories (Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have their own NOCs).

Representatives of the devolved Northern Ireland government and others in the region, however, have objected to the name "Team GB" as discriminatory, and have called for it to be renamed as "Team UK" to make it clearer that Northern Ireland is included on the team.[2][3]

Under the IOC charter, the Olympic Federation of Ireland is responsible for the entire island of Ireland.[4] However, athletes from Northern Ireland can elect to represent either the UK (in Team GB) or Ireland at the Olympics, as people of Northern Ireland. A number of Northern Irish-born athletes, particularly in boxing, have won medals for Ireland at the Games. All athletes from the whole of Ireland were included in the Great Britain team up until the 1920 Olympics as the entire island was part of the United Kingdom at that time.[5]

Hosted GamesEdit

The United Kingdom has hosted the Summer Games on three occasions – 1908, 1948 and 2012, all in London – second only to the United States. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Great Britain became the first team to win more medals at a Summer Olympics immediately after hosting a Summer Olympics; they won 67 medals overall, coming in second place in the medal table ahead of China, two more than in London in 2012. This success came 20 years after finishing 36th in the medal table, after winning just one gold and fourteen other medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, which led to significant changes in the management and funding of British sports and facilities.[6]

London also won the right to host the 1944 Summer Olympics. However, the 1944 games were cancelled due to the Second World War.

Successful bidsEdit

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1908 Summer Olympics London 27 April – 31 October 22 2,008 110
1944 Summer Olympics London Cancelled
1948 Summer Olympics London 29 July – 14 August 59 4,104 136
2012 Summer Olympics London 27 July – 12 August 204 10,820 302

Unsuccessful bidsEdit

Games City Winner of bid
1992 Summer Olympics Birmingham Barcelona, Spain
1996 Summer Olympics Manchester Atlanta, United States
2000 Summer Olympics Manchester Sydney, Australia

Potential future bidsEdit

In February 2019, the Mayor of London announced plans to bid for the 2032 or 2036 Olympics, which was backed by UK Sport.[7] However, it has been speculated that either Manchester or Birmingham may be in the frame to host future games, rather than London. In July 2021, the 2032 Games were awarded to Brisbane.

MedalsEdit

  Host country

List of Winter Olympic medallistsEdit

This list also contains the medals won in winter sports at the 1908 and 1920 Summer Olympics, which are not counted in the overall winter Olympic total.

Medal Name(s) Games Sport Event
  Gold Madge Syers   1908 London   Figure Skating Ladies' singles
  Gold William Jackson
Thomas Murray
Robin Welsh
Laurence Jackson
  1924 Chamonix   Curling Men's event
  Gold Great Britain men's national ice hockey team   1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen   Ice hockey Men's event
  Gold Jeannette Altwegg   1952 Oslo   Figure skating Ladies' singles
  Gold Robin Dixon
Tony Nash
  1964 Innsbruck   Bobsleigh Two man
  Gold John Curry   1976 Innsbruck   Figure skating Men's singles
  Gold Robin Cousins   1980 Lake Placid   Figure skating Men's singles
  Gold Jayne Torvill
Christopher Dean
  1984 Sarajevo   Figure skating Ice dancing
  Gold Rhona Martin
Debbie Knox
Fiona MacDonald
Janice Rankin
Margaret Morton
  2002 Salt Lake City   Curling Women's event
  Gold Amy Williams   2010 Vancouver   Skeleton Women's event
  Gold Lizzy Yarnold   2014 Sochi   Skeleton Women's event
  Gold Lizzy Yarnold   2018 Pyeongchang   Skeleton Women's event
  Gold Eve Muirhead
Vicky Wright
Jennifer Dodds
Hailey Duff
Mili Smith
  2022 Beijing   Curling Women's event
  Silver Phyllis Johnson
James H. Johnson
  1908 London   Figure skating Pairs Skating
  Silver Arthur Cumming   1908 London   Figure skating Men's special figures
  Silver Ralph Broome
Thomas Arnold
Alexander Richardson
Rodney Soher
  1924 Chamonix   Bobsleigh Four man
  Silver Cecilia Colledge   1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen   Figure skating Ladies' singles
  Silver Shelley Rudman   2006 Turin   Skeleton Women's event
  Silver David Murdoch
Greg Drummond
Scott Andrews
Michael Goodfellow
Tom Brewster
  2014 Sochi   Curling Men's event
  Silver Bruce Mouat
Grant Hardie
Bobby Lammie
Hammy McMillan Jr.
Ross Whyte
  2022 Beijing   Curling Men's event
  Bronze Geoffrey Hall-Say   1908 London   Figure skating Men's special figures
  Bronze Dorothy Greenhough-Smith   1908 London   Figure skating Ladies' singles
  Bronze Madge Syers
Edgar Syers
  1908 London   Figure skating Pairs skating
  Bronze Phyllis Johnson
Basil Williams
  1920 Antwerp   Figure skating Pairs Skating
  Bronze Ethel Muckelt   1924 Chamonix   Figure skating Ladies' singles
  Bronze Great Britain men's national ice hockey team   1924 Chamonix   Ice hockey Men's event
  Bronze David Carnegie   1928 St. Moritz   Skeleton Men's event
  Bronze Frederick McEvoy
James Cardno
Guy Dugdale
Charles Green
  1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen   Bobsleigh Four man
  Bronze Jeannette Altwegg   1948 St. Moritz   Figure skating Ladies' singles
  Bronze John Crammond   1948 St. Moritz   Skeleton Men's event
  Bronze Nicky Gooch   1994 Lillehammer   Short track speed skating Men's 500m
  Bronze Jayne Torvill
Christopher Dean
  1994 Lillehammer   Figure skating Ice dancing
  Bronze Sean Olsson
Dean Ward
Courtney Rumbolt
Paul Attwood
  1998 Nagano   Bobsleigh Four man
  Bronze Alex Coomber   2002 Salt Lake City   Skeleton Women's event
  Bronze Jenny Jones   2014 Sochi   Snowboarding Women's slopestyle
  Bronze Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Claire Hamilton
Lauren Gray
  2014 Sochi   Curling Women's curling
  Bronze John James Jackson
Bruce Tasker
Stuart Benson
Joel Fearon
  2014 Sochi   Bobsleigh Four man
  Bronze Dominic Parsons   2018 Pyeongchang   Skeleton Men's event
  Bronze Laura Deas   2018 Pyeongchang   Skeleton Women's event
  Bronze Billy Morgan   2018 Pyeongchang   Snowboarding Men's Big Air
  Bronze Izzy Atkin   2018 Pyeongchang   Freestyle skiing Women's slopestyle

Multiple medallistsEdit

The following athletes have won more than one medal for Great Britain at the Winter Olympics, or in winter disciplines. Bold denotes athletes that have not yet retired.

Athlete Sport Years Gender       Total
Lizzy Yarnold   Skeleton 2014–2018 F 2 0 0 2
Eve Muirhead   Curling 2014–2022 F 1 0 1 2
Christopher Dean   Figure skating 1984–1994 M 1 0 1 2
Jayne Torvill   Figure skating 1984–1994 F 1 0 1 2
Jeannette Altwegg   Figure skating 1948–1952 F 1 0 1 2
Madge Syers   Figure skating 1908 F 1 0 1 2
Phyllis Johnson   Figure skating 1908–1920 F 0 1 1 2

Stripped medalEdit

Great Britain's only stripped medal in Winter Olympic history was an Alpine Skiing bronze at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Alain Baxter tested positive for a banned substance, resulting from Baxter using an inhaler product which, unknowingly to him, contained different chemicals in the United States.

Medal Name(s) Games Sport Event
  Bronze Alain Baxter   2002 Salt Lake City   Alpine Skiing Men's slalom

Medals by individualEdit

Jason Kenny (top) has won the most gold medals of any British Olympian, with seven; his wife Laura Kenny (centre) has the most gold medals of any female British Olympian, with five. Lizzy Yarnold (bottom) is the most successful British Winter Olympian, with two gold medals.

According to official data of the International Olympic Committee. This is a list of people who have won at least three Olympic gold medals or four Olympic medals for Great Britain. Medals won in the 1906 Intercalated Games are not included. It includes top-three placings in 1896 and 1900, before medals were awarded for top-three placings.

Athlete Sport Years Games Gender       Total
Jason Kenny   Track cycling 2008–2020 Summer M 7 2 0 9
Chris Hoy   Track cycling 2000–2012 Summer M 6 1 0 7
Bradley Wiggins   Track cycling
  Road cycling
2000–2016 Summer M 5 1 2 8
Laura Kenny   Track cycling 2012–2020 Summer F 5 1 0 6
Steve Redgrave   Rowing 1984–2000 Summer M 5 0 1 6
Ben Ainslie   Sailing 1996–2012 Summer M 4 1 0 5
Mo Farah   Athletics 2012–2016 Summer M 4 0 0 4
Matthew Pinsent   Rowing 1992–2004 Summer M 4 0 0 4
Paulo Radmilovic   Water polo
  Swimming
1908–1920 Summer M 4 0 0 4
Jack Beresford   Rowing 1920–1936 Summer M 3 2 0 5
Adam Peaty   Swimming 2016–2020 Summer M 3 2 0 5
Charlotte Dujardin   Equestrian 2012–2020 Summer F 3 1 2 6
Max Whitlock   Gymnastics 2012–2020 Summer M 3 0 3 6
Henry Taylor   Swimming 1908–1920 Summer M 3 0 2 5
Ed Clancy   Track cycling 2008–2016 Summer M 3 0 1 4
Reginald Doherty   Tennis 1900–1908 Summer M 3 0 1 4
Richard Meade   Equestrian 1968–1972 Summer M 3 0 0 3
Pete Reed   Rowing 2008–2016 Summer M 3 0 0 3
Charles Sydney Smith   Water polo 1908–1920 Summer M 3 0 0 3
Andrew Triggs Hodge   Rowing 2008–2016 Summer M 3 0 0 3
4 Olympic medals or more, and less than 3 Olympic golds
James Guy   Swimming 2016–2020 Summer M 2 3 0 5
Sebastian Coe   Athletics 1980–1984 Summer M 2 2 0 4
Rebecca Adlington   Swimming 2008–2012 Summer F 2 0 2 4
Duncan Scott   Swimming 2016–2020 Summer M 1 5 0 6
Katherine Grainger   Rowing 2000–2016 Summer F 1 4 0 5
Kathleen McKane Godfree   Tennis 1920–1924 Summer F 1 2 2 5
Guy Butler   Athletics 1920–1924 Summer M 1 1 2 4
Charles Dixon   Tennis 1908–1912 Summer M 1 1 2 4
Liam Heath   Canoeing 2012–2020 Summer M 1 1 2 4
Christine Ohuruogu   Athletics 2008–2016 Summer F 1 1 2 4
Tom Daley   Diving 2012–2020 Summer M 1 0 3 4
Ginny Leng   Equestrian 1984–1988 Summer F 0 2 2 4
Louis Smith   Gymnastics 2008–2016 Summer M 0 2 2 4
Joyce Cooper   Swimming 1928–1932 Summer F 0 1 3 4
  • People in bold are still active competitors

Lizzy Yarnold is the most successful British athlete at the Winter Olympics, with two gold medals. Duncan Scott is the most prolific athlete at a single Games, winning four medals (1 gold, 3 silver) at the 2020 Olympics. Steve Redgrave is the most consistent British Olympic athlete, winning gold medals at five consecutive Games (1984-2000).

Most successful British Olympian progressionEdit

This table shows how the designation of most successful British Olympian has progressed over time. This table ranks athletes by golds, then silvers, then bronzes; the progression would be different if ranked purely by medals.

Athlete Sport Date Gender       Total
Launceston Elliot   Weightlifting 7 April 1896 M 1 0 0 1
7 April 1896 M 1 1 0 2
Lorne Currie   Sailing 25 May 1900 M 2 0 0 2
John Gretton   Sailing M
Linton Hope   Sailing M
Algernon Maudslay   Sailing M
Laurence Doherty   Tennis 11 July 1900 M
Reginald Doherty   Tennis 28 August 1900 M 2 0 1 3
11 July 1908 M 3 0 1 4
Henry Taylor   Swimming 15 July 1912 M
Paul Radmilovic   Swimming
  Water polo
29 August 1920 M 4 0 0 4
Steve Redgrave   Rowing 21 July 1996 M 4 0 1 5
23 September 2000 M 5 0 1 6
Chris Hoy   Track cycling 2 August 2012 M 5 1 0 6
7 August 2012 M 6 1 0 7
Jason Kenny   Track cycling 16 August 2016 M
3 August 2021 M 6 2 0 8
8 August 2021 M 7 2 0 9

Most successful in their sportEdit

As of the 2020 Olympics, the following athletes are the most successful (ordered by golds, then silvers, then bronzes) in their sport:

Steve Redgrave and Reginald Doherty are the most successful male athletes in their respective sports, Rowing and Tennis. Five-time gold medalist Laura Kenny is the most successful female cyclist and Hannah Mills with two gold medals and a silver is the successful woman in sailing. Nicola Adams, with two golds, shares the title of most successful woman in Boxing.

Medals by sportEdit

Alpine skiingEdit


ArcheryEdit


Artistic swimmingEdit

Great Britain appeared in the first synchronised swimming competition in 1984.


AthleticsEdit


BadmintonEdit

Great Britain has competed in all Badminton events held at the Summer Olympics since badminton made its full debut as an Olympic sport in 1992.

The figures from 1972 do not count towards the total as badminton was a demonstration sport.


BasketballEdit


BiathlonEdit


BobsleighEdit


BoxingEdit

Great Britain made its Olympic boxing debut in 1908.


CanoeingEdit


CricketEdit

Great Britain and France were the only two teams to compete in the only Olympic cricket match, in 1900. The British team won, making them the only nation to win an Olympic cricket contest and the only Olympic gold medallists in cricket.


Cross-country skiingEdit


CurlingEdit


CyclingEdit

Jason Kenny with seven gold and two silver medals is the most successful British Olympian, most successful British cyclist, indeed the most successful cyclist, in Olympic history. His wife, Laura Kenny is the most successful British female Olympian, and most successful Olympic female cyclist in history, with five golds and one silver. As of 2021, of the 100 cycling medals won by Great Britain, half (50) have been won in the four Games since 2008, including 28 gold medals. Great Britain had won ten golds in total between 1896 and 2008.


DivingEdit

Great Britain made its Olympic diving debut in 1908. Jack Laugher with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal is the most successful British Olympic diver in history. Tom Daley, with one gold and three bronze medals, is the most decorated.


EquestrianEdit

Great Britain had one rider compete in the hacks and hunter combined event at the first Olympic equestrian events in 1900.


FencingEdit

Great Britain first competed in fencing in 1900 and won its first fencing medal, a silver, in 1908 at the London Games.


Figure skatingEdit

Great Britain hosted the first Olympic figure skating contests in 1908.


FootballEdit

Great Britain and Ireland – now represented separately by Team Ireland and Team Great Britain – was one of three teams to play in the inaugural football tournament, winning their only match to take the first Olympic gold medal in football. The men's team competed in the ten Olympics in the table below. The women's team competed in 2012, and has qualified for 2020.

In 1974, the FA abolished the distinction between "amateur" and "professional" footballers in England. This ended the practice of "shamateurism", where players claimed to be amateur but still got irregular payments from their clubs. Also, Great Britain is not a member of FIFA and its athletes participate in international football competitions as members of the national teams of the home nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), none of which have National Olympic Committees. As a result, Great Britain usually does not participate in Olympic qualifying tournaments.


Freestyle skiingEdit


GolfEdit

Great Britain was one of four teams to play golf at the first Olympic golf events in 1900, taking silver and bronze in the men's competition. They did not compete in the Olympic golf competition held in 1904. When the sport returned in the 2016 Rio Olympics, after a 112-year absence, Justin Rose won gold.


GymnasticsEdit

Great Britain first competed in gymnastics in the inaugural 1896 Olympics, with wrestler Launceston Elliot entering the rope climbing event and finishing last. Great Britain's first gymnastics medal came in 1908 with a silver in the men's individual all-around. Until 2008, Great Britain's last medal for gymnastics was a Bronze in the Women's all-round team event in 1928. At the 2012 Summer Games in London, Great Britain equaled its tally for all previous games combined, winning 4 medals to bring their all-time total to eight.


HandballEdit

Great Britain's men's and women's handball teams were allowed to take up host places at the 2012 Olympics. This is the only time that Great Britain has competed in handball at the Olympics.


Field hockeyEdit

Great Britain hosted the first Olympic field hockey tournament in 1908.


Ice hockeyEdit


Jeu de paumeEdit

Great Britain hosted the only Olympic jeu de paume tournament in 1908.


JudoEdit

Great Britain has competed in all judo events held at the Summer Olympics since judo made its full debut as an Olympic sport in 1964. Although Great Britain has won 20 judo medals, none have been gold.


LacrosseEdit

Great Britain's Olympic lacrosse debut was in 1908.


LugeEdit


Modern pentathlonEdit

Great Britain's Olympic modern pentathlon debut was in 1912 when it was first included in the Olympics. Their most successful games were the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where Great Britain won both the available gold medals.


Nordic combinedEdit


PoloEdit

Great Britain was one of four teams to compete in the debut of Olympic polo. Three of the five teams had British players, and those three teams took both the top two places and split the third place with the Mexican team. Great Britain would be the only team to play in all five of the Olympic polo tournaments, with no other nation appearing more than three times. The nation took gold and two silvers in 1908, when only British teams competed. Facing international competition in 1920, the British side won. The 1924 tournament resulted in a bronze medal for Great Britain, while the team took silver in 1936. In international play, the Great Britain team had an overall record of 5–3 (semifinal and final wins in 1920, a 2–2 record the 1924 round-robin, and a first-round win and final loss in 1936). There were 2 games in 1908 pitting teams from Great Britain against each other, necessarily resulting in a 2–2 record that year. The mixed teams in 1900 had records of 3–0, 1–1, and 0–1, though both losses (and, of course, therefore two of the wins) were against each other.

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's 5/5 1900 1908 1908 2 3 1 6[18]   (1908, 1920)


RacketsEdit

Great Britain hosted the only Olympic rackets tournament, in 1908.


RowingEdit

Great Britain took a bronze medal in the first Olympic rowing competition, in 1900.


RugbyEdit

Great Britain took a silver medal in the first Olympic rugby competition, in 1900. They repeated as silver medallists by losing the only match in 1908. Great Britain did not compete in 1920 or 1924. When the sport returned in 2016 as rugby sevens, Great Britain earned a third silver medal (in men's) as well as placing 4th in the first women's rugby competition.

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's rugby union 2/4 1900 1900 0 2 0 2   (1900, 1908)
Men's rugby sevens 2/2 2016 2016 0 1 0 1   (2016)
Women's rugby sevens 2/2 2016 0 0 0 0 4th (2016, 2020)


SailingEdit

Great Britain took four gold medals in the first Olympic sailing events in 1900. In addition, British sailors were part of two mixed teams that won gold.

ShootingEdit

Great Britain's first shooting medals came when the United Kingdom hosted the 1908 Games, at which the British shooters dominated the competitions. There were 215 shooters from 14 teams in the shooting events, including 67 from Great Britain.


Short track speed skatingEdit


SkateboardingEdit


SkeletonEdit

Great Britain is the most successful team in Skeleton winning a medal at every Games in which the sport has been included and has won at least one medal in each of the five contests of Women's skeleton since its introduction with five different athletes. Lizzy Yarnold is the most successful Skeleton rider of all time winning back to back gold medals in 2014 and 2018. No other rider has successfully defended a gold medal.


Ski jumpingEdit


SnowboardingEdit


Speed skatingEdit


Sport climbingEdit


SwimmingEdit

Great Britain was the third most successful team in swimming in 2008, with 2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes, with Rebecca Adlington winning two of these, making her the most successful female British swimmer in 100 years.[19]


Table tennisEdit


TaekwondoEdit

Great Britain have competed in all six taekwondo competitions that have taken place since 2000. Their best result is a gold, silver and bronze in 2016.


TennisEdit

 
Fans celebrate Andy Murray winning gold, 5 August 2012

John Pius Boland dominated the 1896 tennis tournaments. Tennis in 1896 was a sport that allowed mixed teams, and both Boland and George S. Robertson joined partners from other nations to win their medals. Great Britain again dominated in 1900, taking all four gold medals and adding seven others (three as part of mixed teams).


TriathlonEdit

Great Britain have competed in all Six triathlon competitions that have taken place since 2000. Their best finish is two 2nd place's in the men's and women's individual triathlon event's, and a 1st-place finish in the mixed triathlon relay event, in 2020(2021).


Tug of warEdit

Great Britain's Olympic tug of war debut came when the United Kingdom hosted the Games in 1908. Great Britain was then one of only two teams to compete in 1912 and also won the last Tug of War competition held in the Olympics in 1920.


VolleyballEdit

Prior to participating, as host nation, in the 2012 volleyball tournaments, Great Britain had never competed in Olympic volleyball with the exception of the women's team participating in the inaugural Beach volleyball tournament in 1996.


Water motorsportsEdit

The United Kingdom hosted the only Olympic water motorsports contests, in 1908.


Water poloEdit


WeightliftingEdit

Great Britain's only gold medal in weightlifting came at the first Games in 1896, when Launceston Elliot won the one-hand lift.


WrestlingEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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