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Greece has a long presence at the Olympic Games, as they have competed at every Summer Olympic Games, one of only four countries to have done so, and most of the Winter Olympic Games. Greece has hosted the Games twice, both in Athens. As the home of the Ancient Olympic Games it was a natural choice as host nation for the revival of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, while Greece has also hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. During the parade of nations at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Greece always enters the stadium first and leads the parade to honor its status as the birthplace of the Olympics, with the notable exception of 2004 when Greece entered last as the host nation. Before the Games the Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia, the site of the Ancient Olympic Games, in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals and initiates the Olympic torch relay. The flag of Greece is always hoisted in the closing ceremony, along with the flags of the current and the next host country.

Greece at the
Olympics
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IOC codeGRE
NOCHellenic Olympic Committee
Websitewww.hoc.gr (in Greek) (in English)
Medals
Gold
33
Silver
43
Bronze
40
Total
116
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Greek athletes have won a total of 116 medals in 15 different sports and the country currently ranks 33rd in the all-time Summer Olympics medal count. Athletics and weightlifting have been the top medal-producing sports for the nation and in the latter Greece is placed among the top 10 countries overall. Gymnastics, shooting and wrestling are the other sports that have produced ten or more medals for Greece. In the inaugural 1896 Olympics, Greece finished second in the medal counts, but won the most medals in total, in their best Olympic performance. The Greeks finished third in the 1906 Intercalated Games with 8 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze medals (35 in total), which were considered Olympic at the time but are not officially recognized by the IOC today.

Hosted GamesEdit

Greece has hosted the Summer Olympic Games on two occasions, the inaugural modern Olympics in 1896 and again in 2004. Both were held in Athens, which along with Paris and Los Angeles are the cities that have hosted the Olympic Games twice, with London being the only city to have hosted them three times. The Greek capital also hosted the 1906 Intercalated Games, which at the time were considered to be Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.[1]

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1896 Summer Olympics Athens 6 – 15 April 14 241 43
2004 Summer Olympics Athens 13 – 29 August 201 10,625 301

Medal tablesEdit

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

Medals by summer sportEdit

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
  Athletics7121029
  Weightlifting65415
  Gymnastics53311
  Shooting44513
  Sailing3238
  Fencing2114
  Swimming1438
  Wrestling13711
  Cycling1304
  Taekwondo1304
  Judo1012
  Diving1001
  Rowing0123
  Tennis0112
  Water polo0101
Totals (15 sports)334340116

Medal tables by athleteEdit

List of medalistsEdit

Medal Name(s) Games Sport Event
  Gold Spyridon Louis   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's marathon
  Gold Aristidis Konstantinidis   1896 Athens   Cycling Men's road race
  Gold Leonidas Pyrgos   1896 Athens   Fencing Men's masters foil
  Gold Ioannis Georgiadis   1896 Athens   Fencing Men's sabre
  Gold Ioannis Mitropoulos   1896 Athens   Gymnastics Men's rings
  Gold Nikolaos Andriakopoulos   1896 Athens  Gymnastics Men's rope climbing
  Gold Pantelis Karasevdas   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 200 m military rifle
  Gold Georgios Orphanidis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 300 m free rifle, three positions
  Gold Ioannis Frangoudis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol
  Gold Ioannis Malokinis   1896 Athens   Swimming Men's sailors 100 m freestyle
  Silver Charilaos Vasilakos   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's marathon
  Silver Miltiadis Gouskos   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's shot put
  Silver Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's discus throw
  Silver Stamatios Nikolopoulos   1896 Athens   Cycling Men's sprint
Men's time trial
  Silver Georgios Kolettis   1896 Athens   Cycling Men's 100 km
  Silver Tilemachos Karakalos   1896 Athens   Fencing Men's sabre
  Silver Thomas Xenakis   1896 Athens   Gymnastics Men's rope climbing
  Silver   1896 Athens   Gymnastics Men's team parallel bars
  Silver Pavlos Pavlidis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 200 m military rifle
  Silver Ioannis Frangoudis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 300 m free rifle, three positions
  Silver Georgios Orphanidis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol
  Silver Antonios Pepanos   1896 Athens   Swimming Men's 500 m freestyle
  Silver Ioannis Andreou   1896 Athens   Swimming Men's 1200 m freestyle
  Silver Spyridon Chazapis   1896 Athens   Swimming Men's sailors 100 m freestyle
  Silver Dionysios Kasdaglis   1896 Athens   Tennis Men's singles
  Silver Georgios Tsitas   1896 Athens   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman
  Bronze Dimitrios Golemis   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's 800 m
  Bronze Evangelos Damaskos   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's pole vault
  Bronze Ioannis Theodoropoulos   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's pole vault
  Bronze Ioannis Persakis   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's triple jump
  Bronze Georgios Papasideris   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's shot put
  Bronze Sotirios Versis   1896 Athens   Athletics Men's discus throw
  Bronze Periklis Pierrakos-Mavromichalis   1896 Athens   Fencing Men's foil
  Bronze Petros Persakis   1896 Athens   Gymnastics Men's rings
  Bronze   1896 Athens   Gymnastics Men's team parallel bars
  Bronze Nikolaos Trikoupis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 200 m military rifle
  Bronze Nikolaos Morakis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 25 m military pistol
  Bronze Ioannis Frangoudis   1896 Athens   Shooting Men's 30 m free pistol
  Bronze Efstathios Chorafas   1896 Athens   Swimming Men's 500 m freestyle
Men's 1200 m freestyle
  Bronze Dimitrios Drivas   1896 Athens   Swimming Men's sailors 100 m freestyle
  Bronze Konstantinos Paspatis   1896 Athens   Tennis Men's singles
  Bronze Alexandros Nikolopoulos   1896 Athens   Weightlifting Men's one hand lift
  Bronze Sotirios Versis   1896 Athens   Weightlifting Men's two hand lift
  Bronze Stephanos Christopoulos   1896 Athens   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman
  Gold Perikles Kakousis   1904 St. Louis   Weightlifting Men's two hand lift
  Bronze Nikolaos Georgantas   1904 St. Louis   Athletics Men's discus throw
  Silver Konstantinos Tsiklitiras   1908 London   Athletics Men's standing high jump
Men's standing long jump
  Silver Michalis Dorizas   1908 London   Athletics Men's freestyle javelin
  Bronze Anastasios Metaxas   1908 London   Shooting Men's individual trap shooting
  Gold Konstantinos Tsiklitiras   1912 Stockholm  Athletics Men's standing long jump
  Bronze Konstantinos Tsiklitiras   1912 Stockholm  Athletics Men's standing high jump
  Silver Georgios Moraitinis
Iason Sappas
Alexandros Theofilakis
Ioannis Theofilakis
Alexandros Vrasivanopoulos
  1920 Antwerp   Shooting Men's 30 m team military pistol
  Bronze Georgios Roubanis   1956 Melbourne   Athletics Men's pole vault
  Gold Crown Prince Constantine
Odysseus Eskitzoglou
Georgios Zaïmis
  1960 Rome   Sailing Dragon
  Bronze Petros Galaktopoulos   1968 Mexico City   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 70 kg
  Silver Ilias Khatzipavlis   1972 Munich   Sailing Finn
  Silver Petros Galaktopoulos   1972 Munich   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg
  Gold Stelios Mygiakis   1980 Moscow   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 62 kg
  Bronze Georgios Hatziioannidis   1980 Moscow   Wrestling Men's freestyle 62 kg
  Bronze Aristidis Rapanakis
Anastasios Gavrilis
Tasos Bountouris
  1980 Moscow   Sailing Soling
  Silver Dimitrios Thanopoulos   1984 Los Angeles   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 82 kg
  Bronze Charalambos Cholidis   1984 Los Angeles   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 57 kg
  Bronze Charalambos Cholidis   1988 Seoul   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 57 kg
  Gold Voula Patoulidou   1992 Barcelona   Athletics Women's 100 metres hurdles
  Gold Pyrros Dimas   1992 Barcelona   Weightlifting Men's 82.5 kg
  Gold Ioannis Melissanidis   1996 Atlanta   Gymnastics Men's floor
  Gold Nikolaos Kaklamanakis   1996 Atlanta   Sailing Men's Mistral One Design
  Gold Pyrros Dimas   1996 Atlanta   Weightlifting Men's 83 kg
  Gold Kakhi Kakhiashvili   1996 Atlanta   Weightlifting Men's 99 kg
  Silver Niki Bakoyianni   1996 Atlanta   Athletics Women's high jump
  Silver Leonidas Sabanis   1996 Atlanta   Weightlifting Men's 59 kg
  Silver Valerios Leonidis   1996 Atlanta  Weightlifting Men's 64 kg
  Silver Leonidas Kokas   1996 Atlanta   Weightlifting Men's 91 kg
  Gold Konstantinos Kenteris   2000 Sydney   Athletics Men's 200 metres
  Gold Michail Mouroutsos   2000 Sydney   Taekwondo Men's 58 kg
  Gold Pyrros Dimas   2000 Sydney   Weightlifting Men's 85 kg
  Gold Kakhi Kakhiashvili   2000 Sydney   Weightlifting Men's 94 kg
  Silver Ekaterini Thanou   2000 Sydney   Athletics Women's 100 metres
  Silver Anastasia Kelesidou   2000 Sydney   Athletics Women's discus throw
  Silver Mirela Maniani   2000 Sydney   Athletics Women's javelin throw
  Silver Dimosthenis Tampakos   2000 Sydney   Gymnastics Men's rings
  Silver Leonidas Sabanis   2000 Sydney  Weightlifting Men's 62 kg
  Silver Viktor Mitrou   2000 Sydney   Weightlifting Men's 77 kg
  Bronze Ioanna Chatziioannou   2000 Sydney   Weightlifting Women's 63 kg
  Bronze Amiran Kardanov   2000 Sydney   Wrestling Men's freestyle 54 kg
  Bronze Eirini Aindili
Evangelia Christodoulou
Maria Georgatou
Zacharoula Karyami
Charikleia Pantazi
Anna Pollatou
  2000 Sydney   Gymnastics Women's rhythmic group all-around
  Gold Thomas Bimis
Nikolaos Siranidis
  2004 Athens   Diving Men's 3 m synchronized springboard
  Gold Ilias Iliadis   2004 Athens   Judo Men's -81 kg
  Gold Sofia Bekatorou
Emilia Tsoulfa
  2004 Athens   Sailing Women's 470
  Gold Dimosthenis Tampakos   2004 Athens   Gymnastics Men's rings
  Gold Athanasia Tsoumeleka   2004 Athens   Athletics Women's 20 km walk
  Gold Fani Halkia   2004 Athens   Athletics Women's 400 m hurdles
  Silver Anastasia Kelesidou   2004 Athens   Athletics Women's discus throw
  Silver Nikolaos Kaklamanakis   2004 Athens   Sailing Men's mistral
  Silver Hrysopiyi Devetzi   2004 Athens   Athletics Women's triple jump
  Silver   2004 Athens   Water polo Women's tournament
  Silver Elisavet Mystakidou   2004 Athens   Taekwondo Women's -67 kg
  Silver Alexandros Nikolaidis   2004 Athens   Taekwondo Men's +80 kg
  Bronze Pyrros Dimas   2004 Athens   Weightlifting Men's -85 kg
  Bronze Vasileios Polymeros
Nikolaos Skiathitis
  2004 Athens   Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls
  Bronze Artiom Kiouregkian   2004 Athens   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman -55 kg
  Bronze Mirela Manjani   2004 Athens   Athletics Women's javelin throw
  Silver Dimitrios Mougios
Vasileios Polymeros
  2008 Beijing   Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls
  Silver Alexandros Nikolaidis   2008 Beijing   Taekwondo Men's +80 kg
  Bronze Sofia Bekatorou
Virginia Kravarioti
Sofia Papadopoulou
  2008 Beijing   Sailing Women's yngling class
  Bronze Ilias Iliadis   2012 London   Judo Men's 90 kg
  Bronze Christina Giazitzidou
Alexandra Tsiavou
  2012 London   Rowing Women's lightweight double sculls
  Gold Anna Korakaki   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Shooting Women's 25 m pistol
  Gold Eleftherios Petrounias   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Gymnastics Men's rings
  Gold Ekaterini Stefanidi   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Athletics Women's pole vault
  Silver Spyridon Gianniotis   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Swimming Men's 10 km open water
  Bronze Anna Korakaki   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Shooting Women's 10 m air pistol
  Bronze Pavlos Kagialis
Panagiotis Mantis
  2016 Rio de Janeiro   Sailing Men's 470

Athletes with most medalsEdit

The table below lists the athletes that have won more than one Olympic medal while competing for Greece. It does not include medals won for other nations and mixed teams. The athletes are shown in order by the number of total medals won; in case of the same number of total medals they are sorted by gold, silver and then bronze medals.

 
Pyrros Dimas is the top Greek Olympic medalist having won three gold and one bronze medal in weightlifting.
 
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras has won four Olympic medals in athletics and ties Pyrros Dimas for the Greek athlete with the most Olympic medals won in total.
 
Voula Patoulidou was the first Greek female athlete to win a gold Olympic medal in 1992.
 
Hrysopiyi Devetzi, with a silver medal in triple jump.
Athlete Sport Games       Total
Pyrros Dimas   Weightlifting 1992199620002004 3 0 1 4
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras   Athletics 19081912 1 2 1 4
Ioannis Frangoudis   Shooting 1896 1 1 1 3
Akakios Kakiasvilis   Weightlifting 19962000 2 0 0 2
Nikolaos Andriakopoulos   Gymnastics 1896 1 1 0 2
Georgios Orphanidis   Shooting 1896 1 1 0 2
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis   Sailing 19962004 1 1 0 2
Dimosthenis Tampakos   Gymnastics 20002004 1 1 0 2
Ioannis Mitropoulos   Gymnastics 1896 1 0 1 2
Sofia Bekatorou   Sailing 20042008 1 0 1 2
Ilias Iliadis   Judo 20042012 1 0 1 2
Anna Korakaki   Shooting 2016 1 0 1 2
Stamatios Nikolopoulos   Cycling 1896 0 2 0 2
Thomas Xenakis   Gymnastics 1896 0 2 0 2
Leonidas Sabanis   Weightlifting 19962000 0 2 0 2
Anastasia Kelesidou   Athletics 20002004 0 2 0 2
Alexandros Nikolaidis   Taekwondo 20042008 0 2 0 2
Petros Persakis   Gymnastics 1896 0 1 1 2
Petros Galaktopoulos   Wrestling 19681972 0 1 1 2
Mirela Maniani   Athletics 20002004 0 1 1 2
Hrysopiyi Devetzi   Athletics 20042008 0 1 0 1
Vasileios Polymeros   Rowing 20042008 0 1 1 2
Efstathios Chorafas   Swimming 1896 0 0 2 2
Charalambos Cholidis   Wrestling 19841988 0 0 2 2

Top medalistsEdit

The tables below list the top Olympic medalists for Greece, sorted by gold, silver and then bronze medals.

Men
Athlete Sport Games       Total
Pyrros Dimas   Weightlifting 1992199620002004 3 0 1 4
Akakios Kakiasvilis   Weightlifting 19962000 2 0 0 2
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras   Athletics 19081912 1 2 1 4
Ioannis Frangoudis   Shooting 1896 1 1 1 3
Nikolaos Andriakopoulos   Gymnastics 1896 1 1 0 2
Georgios Orphanidis   Shooting 1896 1 1 0 2
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis   Sailing 19962004 1 1 0 2
Dimosthenis Tampakos   Gymnastics 20002004 1 1 0 2
Ioannis Mitropoulos   Gymnastics 1896 1 0 1 2
Ilias Iliadis   Judo 20042012 1 0 1 2
Women
Athlete Sport Games       Total
Sofia Bekatorou   Sailing 20042008 1 0 1 2
Anna Korakaki   Shooting 2016 1 0 1 2
Voula Patoulidou   Athletics 1992 1 0 0 1
Fani Chalkia   Athletics 2004 1 0 0 1
Emilia Tsoulfa   Sailing 2004 1 0 0 1
Athanasia Tsoumeleka   Athletics 2004 1 0 0 1
Ekaterini Stefanidi   Athletics 2016 1 0 0 1
Anastasia Kelesidou   Athletics 20002004 0 2 0 2
Mirela Maniani   Athletics 20002004 0 1 1 2
Hrysopiyi Devetzi   Athletics 20042008 0 1 0 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lennartz, Karl (2001). "The 2nd International Olympic Games in Athens in 1906" (PDF). Journal of Olympic History. International Society of Olympic Historians. Retrieved 27 March 2015.

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