Armenia

Overview

NOCNational Olympic Committee of Armenia
Flagbearers29

Participants

Olympic Games 148
Youth Olympic Games 34

Description

Armenia’s first connection with the Modern Olympics can be traced to the 1912 Olympics when two Armenian track & field athletes represented Turkey. These two athletes, Mığır Mığıryan and Vahran Papazyan, comprised the entire Turkish team in 1912, but they had, in fact, been sent to Stockholm by the Armenian General Sports Union. (Papazyan had also competed at the 1906 Intercalated Olympics.) From 1918 Armenia enjoyed a brief period of independence and planned to take part in the 1920 Olympics but their hopes were thwarted when the country was occupied by Russian forces in 1920. For many years the Russian International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Prince Urosov, championed the cause of a group of émigrés known as the Young Armenian Emigrants Union, but he failed to gain Olympic recognition for them. In his Olympic Memoirs, Coubertin aptly wrote, “Armenia existed only as a hope and a memory in the hearts of its loyal subjects.”

As part of the Soviet Union, Armenian athletes competed for the USSR Olympic team from 1952-1988 and in 1992 they formed part of the Unified Team. During this time the most successful Armenians have been the gymnasts Albert Azaryan (three gold and one silver in 1956 and 1960) and Hrant Shahinyan (two gold and two silver in 1952) as well as the modern pentathlet Igor Novikov, who won also two gold and two silver between 1956 and 1964.

Having eventually obtained independence, a National Olympic Committee (NOC) was established on 24 October 1990 and IOC recognition was sought the following year. This was provisionally granted in 1992 and full IOC recognition was given on 24 September 1993 at the IOC session in Monte Carlo, thereby enabling Armenia to compete as an independent nation at the Olympics. Armenia competed for the first time at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. At the Lillehammer Opening Ceremony, the Armenians wore replicas of the uniform that they had hoped to wear at the 1920 Olympics. Armenia first competed at the Summer Olympics in 1996, and has since competed at all Olympic Games, winter and summer. Through 2012, Armenia has won 16 Olympic medals, two gold, five silver, and nine bronze – by twelve different athletes. Both gold medals have been won by wrestlers: Armen Nazaryan who won the Greco-Roman flyweight class in 1996 (and later also medalled for Bulgaria) and Artur Aleksanyan who won the Greco-Roman heavyweight class in 2016. With his gold medal in 2016 Aleksanyan also becme the first competitor for Armenia to win two medals as he has already won bronze in the Greco-Roman heavyweight class in 2012.

Participations by edition

Edition Competition Type Men Women Total
1994 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 2 0 2 Results
1996 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 30 2 32 Results
1998 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 4 3 7 Results
2000 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 23 2 25 Results
2002 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 5 4 9 Results
2004 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 16 2 18 Results
2006 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 4 1 5 Results
2008 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 23 2 25 Results
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 12 2 14 Results
2010 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 2 2 4 Results
2012 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 20 4 24 Results
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 2 3 Results
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 12 2 14 Results
2014 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 3 1 4 Results
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 24 7 31 Results
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 1 2 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 2 1 3 Results
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 0 1 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 5 2 7 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 3 1 4 Results
Athletics 7 8 15 Results
Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) 4 0 4 Results
Boxing 16 0 16 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 1 0 1 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 6 4 10 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Diving (Aquatics) 1 1 2 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 4 4 8 Results
Freestyle Skiing (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results
Judo 4 0 4 Results
Shooting 3 0 3 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 3 4 7 Results
Taekwondo 1 0 1 Results
Tennis 1 0 1 Results
Weightlifting 26 4 30 Results
Wrestling 33 0 33 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Archery 1 0 1 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 2 0 2 Results
Athletics 0 1 1 Results
Biathlon 0 1 1 Results
Boxing 2 1 3 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 1 0 1 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 3 1 4 Results
Diving (Aquatics) 2 0 2 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 0 1 1 Results
Judo 2 0 2 Results
Shooting 3 0 3 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 2 1 3 Results
Weightlifting 4 1 5 Results
Wrestling 5 0 5 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 2 2 3 7
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 3 0 4
1996 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 0 2
2008 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 4 5
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 1 3 4
2012 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 1 2
2000 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Wrestling 2 3 3 8
Weightlifting 0 3 2 5
Boxing 0 0 1 1

Youth Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Weightlifting 2 1 1 4
Wrestling 0 1 3 4
Shooting 0 1 0 1
Boxing 0 0 1 1
Judo 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Artur Aleksanyan ARM 1 0 1 2
Armen Nazaryan ARM
BUL
1 0 0 1
Armen Mkrtchyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Tigran V. Martirosyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Arsen Julfalakyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Gor Minasyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Simon Martirosyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Migran Arutyunyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Arsen Melikyan ARM 0 0 1 1
Hrachik Javakhyan ARM 0 0 1 1
Gevorg Davtyan ARM 0 0 1 1
Roman Amoyan ARM 0 0 1 1
Yury Patrikeyev ARM 0 0 1 1

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Simon Martirosyan ARM 1 0 0 1
Hakob Mkrtchyan ARM 1 0 0 1
Hrachik Babayan ARM 0 1 0 1
Gor Minasyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Zaven Mikaelyan ARM 0 1 0 1
Davit Ghazaryan ARM 0 0 1 1
Smbat Margaryan ARM 0 0 1 1
Artak Hovhannisyan  ARM 0 0 1 1
Narek Manasyan ARM 0 0 1 1
Sargis Hovsepyan ARM 0 0 1 1
Vaghinak Matevosyan ARM 0 0 1 1