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Lithuania at the Olympics


Lithuania at the Olympics

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. A notable Jewish preliminary Olympic qualifier in athletics was Alexander Eljashevas from Kaunas, Lithuania.

In 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California Lithuania did not participate due to economic difficulties and political controversies surrounding the National Olympic Committee. 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 USSR. 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 the restoration of its independence in 1990, Lithuania has not missed any Olympic games.


  • Medal tables by Games 1
    • Medals by Summer Games 1.1
    • Medals by Winter Games 1.2
    • Medals by summer sport 1.3
  • Medalists 2
    • Summer Olympics 2.1
  • List of gold medal winners 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Medal tables by Games

Medals by summer sport

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 3 1 1 5
Modern pentathlon 1 2 1 4
Shooting 1 0 0 1
Swimming 1 0 0 1
Canoeing 0 1 0 1
Sailing 0 1 0 1
Basketball 0 0 3 3
Wrestling 0 0 2 2
Boxing 0 0 1 1
Cycling 0 0 1 1
Rowing 0 0 1 1
Total 6 5 10 21


Summer Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Ubartas, RomasRomas Ubartas 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's Discus Throw
 Bronze Brazdauskis, RomanasRomanas Brazdauskis
Valdemaras Chomičius
Darius Dimavičius
Gintaras Einikis
Sergėjus Jovaiša
Artūras Karnišovas
Gintaras Krapikas
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Alvydas Pazdrazdis
Arvydas Sabonis
Arūnas Visockas
1992 Barcelona Basketball Men's Team Competition
 Bronze Arvydas Sabonis
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Gintaras Einikis
Artūras Karnišovas
Darius Lukminas
Saulius Štombergas
Eurelijus Žukauskas
Mindaugas Žukauskas
Andrius Jurkūnas
Rytis Vaišvila
Tomas Pačėsas
1996 Atlanta Basketball Men's Team Competition
 Gold Alekna, VirgilijusVirgilijus Alekna 2000 Sydney Athletics Men's Discus Throw
 Gold Gudzinevičiūtė, DainaDaina Gudzinevičiūtė 2000 Sydney Shooting Women's Trap Shooting
 Bronze Štombergas, SauliusSaulius Štombergas
Mindaugas Timinskas
Eurelijus Žukauskas
Darius Maskoliūnas
Ramūnas Šiškauskas
Darius Songaila
Šarūnas Jasikevičius
Kęstutis Marčiulionis
Tomas Masiulis
Dainius Adomaitis
Gintaras Einikis
Andrius Giedraitis
2000 Sydney Basketball Men's Team Competition
 Bronze Žiliūtė, DianaDiana Žiliūtė 2000 Sydney Cycling Women's Individual Road Race
 Bronze Poplavskaja, KristinaKristina Poplavskaja
Birutė Šakickienė
2000 Sydney Rowing Women's Double Sculls
 Gold Alekna, VirgilijusVirgilijus Alekna 2004 Athens Athletics Men's discus throw
 Silver Skujyte, AustraAustra Skujyte 2004 Athens Athletics Women's heptathlon
 Silver Zadneprovskis, AndrejusAndrejus Zadneprovskis 2004 Athens Modern pentathlon Men's event
 Silver Krungolcas, EdvinasEdvinas Krungolcas 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlon Men's event
 Silver Volungevičiūtė, GintarėGintarė Volungevičiūtė 2008 Beijing Sailing Women's Laser Radial
 Bronze Alekna, VirgilijusVirgilijus Alekna 2008 Beijing Athletics Men's discus throw
 Bronze Zadneprovskis, AndrejusAndrejus Zadneprovskis 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlon Men's event
 Bronze Mizgaitis, MindaugasMindaugas Mizgaitis 2008 Beijing Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg
 Gold Asadauskaitė, LauraLaura Asadauskaitė 2012 London Modern pentathlon Women's event
 Gold Meilutytė, RūtaRūta Meilutytė 2012 London Swimming Women's 100 m breaststroke
 Silver Šuklinas, JevgenijusJevgenijus Šuklinas 2012 London Canoeing Men's C-1 200 m
 Bronze Petrauskas, EvaldasEvaldas Petrauskas 2012 London Boxing Men's lightweight
 Bronze Kazakevič, AleksandrAleksandr Kazakevič 2012 London Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg

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 Cross-country skiing 1988
Independent Lithuania
23 Romas Ubartas Athletics 1992
24 Daina Gudzinevičiūtė Shooting 2000
25 Virgilijus Alekna Athletics 2000 and 2004
26 Rūta Meilutytė Swimming 2012
27 Laura Asadauskaitė Modern pentathlon 2012

See also


  • The European Olympic Committees
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