Unified Team at the Olympics

The Unified Team (Russian: Объединённая команда) was the name used for the sports team of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltic states) at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The IOC country code was EUN, after the French name, Équipe unifiée. The Unified Team was sometimes informally called the CIS Team (Commonwealth of Independent States, as a counterpart of CIS national football team taking part in Euro 1992 of the same year), although Georgia did not join the CIS until 1993.

Unified Team at the
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Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Estonia (1920–1936, 1992–)
 Latvia (1924–1936, 1992–)
 Lithuania (1924–1928, 1992–)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Armenia (1994–)
 Belarus (1994–)
 Georgia (1994–)
 Kazakhstan (1994–)
 Kyrgyzstan (1994–)
 Moldova (1994–)
 Russia (1994–2016)
 Ukraine (1994–)
 Uzbekistan (1994–)
 Azerbaijan (1996–)
 Tajikistan (1996–)
 Turkmenistan (1996–)
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (2018)
 ROC (2020-2022)

During the Winter Olympics, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the constituent countries had not yet been affiliated to the IOC due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union having only taken place little more than two months prior, so the Olympic Flag was used in place of a national flag at the Opening Ceremony and at medals ceremonies, and the Olympic Hymn was played for gold medallists. By the time of the Summer Olympics, the NOCs had affiliated separately, though they fielded a joint team with a standard uniform as Olympic qualifying rounds had been completed before the final demise of the Soviet Union. Where an EUN individual won a medal, the national flag of the medallist's nation was raised rather than the Olympic flag, and a gold medallist's national anthem was played rather than the Olympic Hymn. In team events, the EUN team continued to use the Olympic flag and the Olympic Hymn, as team members represented different nations.[1]

The team finished runner-up in the medal table at the 1992 Winter Games, and became the top ranked team at the 1992 Summer Games, edging its old rival the US in the latter.

Participating countriesEdit

While only six of the EUN countries took part in the 1992 Winter Olympics, all twelve participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics. At the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1996 Summer Olympics, the nations that were part of the Unified Team started to make their Olympic debuts as independent countries.

The Unified Team's participating countries in the Summer games and the IOC codes used by them in subsequent Olympics
Country (former
Soviet republic)
IOC code
  Armenia* ARM
  Azerbaijan AZE
  Belarus* BLR
  Georgia GEO
  Kazakhstan* KAZ
  Kyrgyzstan KGZ
  Moldova MDA
  Russia* RUS
  Tajikistan TJK
  Turkmenistan TKM
  Ukraine* UKR
  Uzbekistan* UZB

* Unified Team participant in Winter games.

Timeline of participationEdit

Date Team
1900–1912   Russian Empire (RU1)
1920   Estonia (EST)
1924–1936   Latvia (LAT)   Lithuania (LTU)
1952–1988   Soviet Union (URS)
1992   Unified Team (EUN)   Estonia (EST)   Latvia (LAT)   Lithuania (LTU)
1994   Armenia (ARM)   Belarus (BLR)   Georgia (GEO)   Kazakhstan (KAZ)   Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)   Moldova (MDA)   Russia (RUS)   Ukraine (UKR)   Uzbekistan (UZB)
1996–2016   Azerbaijan (AZE)   Tajikistan (TJK)   Turkmenistan (TKM)
2018   Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)
2020–   ROC (ROC)

Medal tablesEdit

Medals by gamesEdit

Games Details Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
  1992 Albertville Winter Olympics Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics 9 6 8 23 2
  1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics Unified Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics 45 38 29 112 1
Total 54 44 37 135

Medals by summer sportEdit

  Artistic gymnastics95418
  Rhythmic gymnastics1012
  Modern pentathlon0112
  Water polo0011
Totals (20 sports)453829112

Medals by winter sportEdit

  Cross country skiing3249
  Figure skating3115
  Ice hockey1001
  Freestyle skiing0101
  Short track speed skating0011
Totals (6 sports)96823

Flag bearersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Role of Sports in the Soviet Union | Guided History".

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