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Stepas Butautas

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Coach
Full nameStepas•Butautas
Used nameStepas•Butautas
Other namesStepas Mechislavovich Butautas, Степас Мечиславович Бутаутас
Born25 August 1925 in Kaunas (LTU)
Died22 March 2001 in Kaunas (LTU)
AffiliationsŽalgiris Kaunas, Kaunas (LTU)
NOC Cuba Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuania Soviet Union


Stepas Butautas began playing basketball with Dinamo Kaunas in 1944 and played with them until 1946, except for a short spell with ASK Kaunas in 1945. From 1947-56, Butautas played with Žalgiris Kaunas and with them won Soviet titles in 1947 and 1951, silvers at the Soviet championships in 1949 and 1952, and bronzes from 1953-56. He was also an eight-time Lithuanian SSR champion (1945, 1947-49, 1952, 1954-56). Butautas was on the Soviet national team from 1947-54, won Olympic silver in 1952 and was three times European champion (1947, 1951 and 1953).

After finishing his sporting career, Butautas worked as a basketball coach. He was head coach of the Soviet national women’s team from 1958-64, head coach of Politechnikos Kaunas women’s team from 1960-66, head coach of the Cuban National Team from 1967-68 and 1970, and head coach of Žalgiris Kaunas from 1975-78. From 1978-85, Butautas worked as a department head of the Lithuanian State Institute of Physical Education (now Lithuanian Sports University). Butautas was also president of the Lithuanian SSR Basketball Federation from 1959-61 and was chairman of their Coaches Commission from 1980-89.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) URS LTU Stepas Butautas
Basketball, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver

Coaching results

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1968 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) CUB URS Stepas Butautas
Basketball, Men (Olympic) Cuba 11

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