Great Britain

Overview

NOCBritish Olympic Association
Flagbearers88

Participants

Olympic Games 6288
Intercalated Games 48
Youth Olympic Games 138

Description

Great Britain is the only nation that has never failed to be represented at the Olympic Games, including all the usual exceptions. It competed at the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens, the 1908 figure skating events in London, the 1920 figure skating events in Antwerp, and at the 1956 Equestrian Olympics in Stockholm. Through 1920, Great Britain competed as a combined team with Ireland, which was still not an independent nation, and its 1904 participation is in fact due only to three Irish athletes. The British Olympic Association was formed and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1905.

Great Britain has won 907 Olympic medals, 283 of them gold, all but 26 of them (10 gold) at the Summer Olympics. Henry Taylor, a swimmer from 1906-1920, and cyclist Bradley Wiggins lead the British Olympic medal list with eight, followed by two athletes with seven: Chris Hoy (CYC) and Jason Kenny, both cyclists, and two athletes with six: Steven Redgrave (ROW) and John Jarvis (SWI/WAP). Hoy and Kenny lead British Olympians with each winning six gold medals and one silver.

Great Britain has thrice hosted the Olympic Games, the Games of the IVth Olympiad in London in 1908, the Games of the XIVth Olympiad in London in 1948, and the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London in 2012.

Participations by edition

Edition Competition Type Men Women Total
1896 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 10 0 10 Results
1900 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 103 1 104 Results
1904 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 6 0 6 Results
1906 Intercalated Games Intercalated Games 48 0 48 Results
1908 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 696 39 735 Results
1912 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 263 11 274 Results
1920 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 218 16 234 Results
1924 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 239 28 267 Results
1924 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 41 3 44 Results
1928 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 202 31 233 Results
1928 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 29 3 32 Results
1932 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 91 17 108 Results
1932 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 4 4 Results
1936 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 171 37 208 Results
1936 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 29 10 39 Results
1948 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 338 69 407 Results
1948 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 43 12 55 Results
1952 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 213 44 257 Results
1952 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 8 10 18 Results
1956 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 163 26 189 Results
1956 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 31 10 41 Results
1956 Equestrian Olympics Olympic Games 5 3 8 Results
1960 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 206 47 253 Results
1960 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 11 6 17 Results
1964 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 160 44 204 Results
1964 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 27 9 36 Results
1968 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 175 50 225 Results
1968 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 28 10 38 Results
1972 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 210 74 284 Results
1972 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 30 7 37 Results
1976 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 176 66 242 Results
1976 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 31 11 42 Results
1980 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 149 70 219 Results
1980 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 36 12 48 Results
1984 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 229 108 337 Results
1984 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 37 13 50 Results
1988 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 219 126 345 Results
1988 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 34 14 48 Results
1992 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 229 142 371 Results
1992 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 39 10 49 Results
1994 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 25 7 32 Results
1996 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 184 116 300 Results
1998 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 27 7 34 Results
2000 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 181 129 310 Results
2002 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 31 18 49 Results
2004 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 161 103 264 Results
2006 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 23 16 39 Results
2008 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 163 141 304 Results
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 18 21 39 Results
2010 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 28 24 52 Results
2012 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 273 257 530 Results
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 11 11 22 Results
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 18 15 33 Results
2014 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 32 21 53 Results
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 201 159 360 Results
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 6 10 16 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 33 23 56 Results
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 14 14 28 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 72 51 123 Results
Alpinism 12 0 12 Results
Archery 33 44 77 Results
Art Competitions 123 27 150 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 159 84 243 Results
Artistic Swimming (Aquatics) 0 18 18 Results
Athletics 917 323 1240 Results
Badminton 18 24 42 Results
Basketball (Basketball) 25 12 37 Results
Beach Volleyball (Volleyball) 2 4 6 Results
Biathlon 30 2 32 Results
Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) 118 10 128 Results
Boxing 213 3 216 Results
Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) 10 0 10 Results
Canoe Slalom (Canoeing) 32 10 42 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 62 35 97 Results
Cricket 21 0 21 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 42 11 53 Results
Curling 26 19 45 Results
Cycling BMX Racing (Cycling) 2 1 3 Results
Cycling Mountain Bike (Cycling) 6 4 10 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 128 20 148 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 155 15 170 Results
Diving (Aquatics) 69 55 124 Results
Equestrian Dressage (Equestrian) 5 21 26 Results
Equestrian Driving (Equestrian) 1 0 1 Results
Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) 32 19 51 Results
Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) 36 5 41 Results
Fencing 147 43 190 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 60 66 126 Results
Football (Football) 128 16 144 Results
Freestyle Skiing (Skiing) 15 12 27 Results
Golf 9 2 11 Results
Handball 14 14 28 Results
Hockey 231 70 301 Results
Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 42 0 42 Results
Jeu De Paume 9 0 9 Results
Judo 47 26 73 Results
Lacrosse 12 0 12 Results
Luge 25 4 29 Results
Modern Pentathlon 45 8 53 Results
Motorboating 12 1 13 Results
Nordic Combined (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results
Polo 26 0 26 Results
Racquets 7 0 7 Results
Rhythmic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 0 13 13 Results
Rowing 398 107 505 Results
Rugby (Rugby) 30 0 30 Results
Rugby Sevens (Rugby) 12 12 24 Results
Sailing 215 30 245 Results
Shooting 203 12 215 Results
Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 17 6 23 Results
Skeleton (Bobsleigh) 9 5 14 Results
Ski Jumping (Skiing) 2 0 2 Results
Snowboarding (Skiing) 7 5 12 Results
Speed Skating (Skating) 30 3 33 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 273 224 497 Results
Table Tennis 10 6 16 Results
Taekwondo 8 4 12 Results
Tennis 44 32 76 Results
Trampolining (Gymnastics) 3 5 8 Results
Triathlon 9 10 19 Results
Tug-Of-War 30 0 30 Results
Volleyball (Volleyball) 12 12 24 Results
Water Polo (Aquatics) 71 13 84 Results
Weightlifting 86 4 90 Results
Wrestling 139 1 140 Results

Intercalated Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 2 0 2 Results
Athletics 19 0 19 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 5 0 5 Results
Diving (Aquatics) 2 0 2 Results
Fencing 5 0 5 Results
Football (Football) 8 0 8 Results
Rowing 1 0 1 Results
Shooting 2 0 2 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 6 0 6 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
3-on-3 Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 3 4 7 Results
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 4 4 8 Results
Archery 2 1 3 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 2 2 4 Results
Athletics 5 8 13 Results
Badminton 0 1 1 Results
Biathlon 1 1 2 Results
Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) 4 8 12 Results
Boxing 4 0 4 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 2 1 3 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 2 2 4 Results
Curling 5 6 11 Results
Diving (Aquatics) 1 1 2 Results
Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) 1 1 2 Results
Fencing 1 1 2 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 1 1 2 Results
Freestyle Skiing (Skiing) 4 4 8 Results
Golf 1 1 2 Results
Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 1 2 3 Results
Judo 1 1 2 Results
Luge 1 0 1 Results
Mixed Sports 1 0 1 Results
Modern Pentathlon 2 1 3 Results
Nordic Combined (Skiing) 0 1 1 Results
Rowing 3 3 6 Results
Sailing 1 2 3 Results
Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 3 1 4 Results
Skeleton (Bobsleigh) 0 1 1 Results
Ski Jumping (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results
Speed Skating (Skating) 1 0 1 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 4 6 10 Results
Table Tennis 0 1 1 Results
Taekwondo 1 2 3 Results
Tennis 1 0 1 Results
Trampolining (Gymnastics) 2 1 3 Results
Triathlon 2 2 4 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
1908 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 56 51 39 146
2012 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 29 17 19 65
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 27 23 17 67
2008 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 19 13 19 51
1900 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 15 8 9 32
1920 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 14 16 13 43
2000 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 11 10 7 28
1912 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 10 15 16 41
1924 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 9 14 12 35
2004 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 9 9 12 30
1906 Intercalated Games Intercalated Games 8 11 5 24
1984 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 11 21 37
1988 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 10 9 24
1956 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 7 9 21
1980 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 7 9 21
1932 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 7 5 17
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 5 5 10 20
1968 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 5 3 13
1992 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 3 12 20
1948 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 4 16 7 27
1964 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 4 12 2 18
1928 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 4 11 7 22
1936 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 4 7 3 14
1972 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 4 5 9 18
1976 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 3 5 5 13
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 3 1 5 9
1960 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 6 12 20
1896 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 3 2 7
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 2 0 2 4
1996 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 8 6 15
1952 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 2 8 11
2014 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 3 5
1924 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 2 4
1936 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 1 3
1904 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 0 2
2018 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 4 5
1956 Equestrian Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 2 3
2002 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 1 2
1952 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
1964 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
1976 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
1980 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
1984 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
2010 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
2006 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
1948 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 2 2
1994 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 2 2
1928 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1
1998 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 55 80 70 205
Rowing 31 24 13 68
Cycling Track 30 23 19 72
Sailing 27 20 11 58
Boxing 18 13 25 56
Tennis 17 14 12 43
Swimming 16 26 29 71
Shooting 13 15 18 46
Equestrian Eventing 5 7 7 19
Figure Skating 5 3 7 15
Hockey 4 2 6 12
Art Competitions 3 5 1 9
Wrestling 3 4 10 17
Equestrian Jumping 3 3 5 11
Skeleton 3 1 5 9
Canoe Sprint 3 1 4 8
Equestrian Dressage 3 1 1 5
Football 3 0 0 3
Water Polo 3 0 0 3
Cycling Road 2 8 6 16
Canoe Slalom 2 6 1 9
Artistic Gymnastics 2 3 9 14
Polo 2 3 1 6
Archery 2 2 5 9
Modern Pentathlon 2 2 3 7
Racquets 2 2 3 7
Tug-Of-War 2 2 1 5
Taekwondo 2 1 3 6
Triathlon 2 1 2 5
Curling 2 1 1 4
Motorboating 2 0 0 2
Fencing 1 8 0 9
Diving 1 3 6 10
Weightlifting 1 3 3 7
Bobsleigh 1 1 3 5
Golf 1 1 1 3
Ice Hockey 1 0 1 2
Cricket 1 0 0 1
Judo 0 8 11 19
Marathon Swimming 0 2 1 3
Rugby 0 2 0 2
Badminton 0 1 2 3
Jeu De Paume 0 1 1 2
Lacrosse 0 1 0 1
Rugby Sevens 0 1 0 1
Trampolining 0 1 0 1
Snowboarding 0 0 2 2
Freestyle Skiing 0 0 1 1
Short Track Speed Skating 0 0 1 1

Intercalated Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 3 5 1 9
Cycling Track 2 3 0 5
Shooting 2 0 2 4
Swimming 1 2 2 5
Fencing 0 1 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Artistic Gymnastics 4 2 5 11
Swimming 1 3 3 7
Freestyle Skiing 1 1 1 3
Taekwondo 1 0 2 3
Rowing 1 0 0 1
Skeleton 1 0 0 1
Triathlon 1 0 0 1
Bobsleigh 0 1 1 2
Modern Pentathlon 0 1 0 1
Athletics 0 0 2 2
Boxing 0 0 2 2
Sailing 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Chris Hoy GBR 6 1 0 7
Jason Kenny GBR 6 1 0 7
Bradley Wiggins GBR 5 1 2 8
Steven Redgrave GBR 5 0 1 6
Ben Ainslie GBR 4 1 0 5
Matthew Pinsent GBR 4 0 0 4
Paul Radmilovic GBR 4 0 0 4
Mo Farah GBR 4 0 0 4
Laura Trott GBR 4 0 0 4
Jack Beresford GBR 3 2 0 5

Intercalated Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Henry Taylor GBR 1 1 1 3
Con Leahy GBR 1 1 0 2
Peter O'Connor GBR 1 1 0 2
Gerald Merlin GBR 1 0 1 2
Sidney Merlin GBR 1 0 1 2
Johnnie Matthews GBR 1 0 0 1
Billy Pett GBR 1 0 0 1
Arthur Rushen GBR 1 0 0 1
Henry Hawtrey GBR 1 0 0 1
Herbert Crowther GBR 0 2 0 2

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Giarnni Regini-Moran GBR 3 0 2 5
Ben Dijkstra GBR 2 0 0 2
Sam Oldham GBR 1 1 0 2
Luke Greenbank GBR 1 0 1 2
Madison Rowlands GBR 1 0 1 2
Jade Jones GBR 1 0 0 1
Duncan Scott GBR 1 0 0 1
Carian Scudamore GBR 1 0 0 1
Fiona Gammond GBR 1 0 0 1
Georgia Howard-Merrill GBR 1 0 0 1
Oliver Golding GBR 1 0 0 1
Jake Saywell GBR 1 0 0 1
Miles Munro GBR 1 0 0 1
Martyn Walton GBR 1 0 0 1
Edward Carstairs GBR 1 0 0 1
Millie Paterson GBR 1 0 0 1
Jack Burrows GBR 1 0 0 1
Ashleigh Pittaway GBR 1 0 0 1

IOC Members

Arthur, Lord Ampthill 1894—1898
Charles Herbert 1894—1906
Robert de Courcy Laffan 1897—1927
Sir Charles Vincent 1901—1908
William, Lord Desborough 1905—1913
Theodore Andrea Cook 1909—1915
Algernon, Duke of Somerset 1913—1920
Reginald Kentish 1921—1933
Gerald, Earl Cadogan 1923—1929
George, Lord Rochdale 1927—1933
Clarence, Lord Aberdare of Duffryn 1929—1957
David, Lord Burghley 1933—1981
Sir Francis Curtis-Bennett 1933—1950
Sir Francis Curtis-Bennett 1950—1950
Ian, Baron Luke of Pavenham 1951—1988
Mary Glen-Haig 1982—1993
Ian, Baron Luke of Pavenham 1988—1996
HRH Princess Anne 1988—
Mary Glen-Haig 1993—2014
Craig Reedie 1994—
Matthew Pinsent 2002—2004
Phil Craven 2003—2017
Adam Pengilly 2010—2018
Seb Coe 2020—