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Latvia at the Olympics

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 independence of Latvia and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the nation returned to the Olympic Games in 1992 and has competed at every Games since then.

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Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)

Latvian athletes have won a total of 19 medals at the Summer Olympic Games and 9 medals at the Winter Olympic Games. They have won a remarkably high proportion of silver medals, with 4 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 tablesEdit

List of medalistsEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Medal Name Games Sport Event
  Silver Jānis Daliņš   1932 Los Angeles   Athletics Men's 50 km walk
  Silver Edvīns Bietags   1936 Berlin   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman light heavyweight
  Bronze Adalberts Bubenko   1936 Berlin   Athletics Men's 50 km walk
  Silver Ivans Klementjevs   1992 Barcelona   Canoeing Men's C-1 1000 metres
  Silver Afanasijs Kuzmins   1992 Barcelona   Shooting Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol
  Bronze Dainis Ozols   1992 Barcelona   Cycling (Road) Men's individual race
  Silver Ivans Klementjevs   1996 Atlanta   Canoeing Men's C-1 1000 metres
  Gold Igors Vihrovs   2000 Sydney   Gymnastics Men's floor exercises
  Silver Aigars Fadejevs   2000 Sydney   Athletics Men's 50 km walk
  Bronze Vsevolods Zeļonijs   2000 Sydney   Judo Men's lightweight
  Silver Vadims Vasiļevskis   2004 Athens   Athletics Men's javelin throw
  Silver Jevgēņijs Saproņenko   2004 Athens   Gymnastics Men's vault
  Silver Jeļena Rubļevska   2004 Athens   Modern pentathlon Women's individual
  Silver Viktors Ščerbatihs   2004 Athens   Weightlifting Men's super heavyweight
  Gold Māris Štrombergs   2008 Beijing   Cycling (BMX) Men's BMX
  Silver Ainārs Kovals   2008 Beijing   Athletics Men's javelin throw
  Bronze Viktors Ščerbatihs   2008 Beijing   Weightlifting Men's super heavyweight
  Gold Māris Štrombergs   2012 London   Cycling (BMX) Men's BMX
  Bronze Mārtiņš Pļaviņš
Jānis Šmēdiņš
  2012 London   Beach volleyball Men's tournament

Winter OlympicsEdit

Medal Name Games Sport Event
  Bronze Mārtiņš Rubenis   2006 Turin   Luge Men's singles
  Silver Andris Šics
Juris Šics
  2010 Vancouver   Luge Doubles
  Silver Martins Dukurs   2010 Vancouver   Skeleton Men's
  Gold Daumants Dreiškens
Oskars Melbārdis
Jānis Strenga
Arvis Vilkaste
  2014 Sochi   Bobsleigh Four-man
  Silver Martins Dukurs   2014 Sochi   Skeleton Men's
  Bronze Andris Šics
Juris Šics
  2014 Sochi   Luge Doubles
  Bronze Mārtiņš Rubenis
Elīza Tīruma
Andris Šics
Juris Šics
  2014 Sochi   Luge Team relay
  Bronze Oskars Melbārdis
Daumants Dreiškens
  2014 Sochi   Bobsleigh Two-man
  Bronze Jānis Strenga
Oskars Melbārdis
  2018 Pyeongchang   Bobsleigh Two–man

List of gold medal winnersEdit


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 alsoEdit


  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.

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