Denmark (DEN)

Overview

NOCDanmarks Idrætsforbund
Flagbearers84

Participants

Olympic Games 2020
Intercalated Games 49
Youth Olympic Games 92
Other competitors with DEN nationality 6

Description

Denmark’s connection with the Olympic Movement began in 1894 when Fredrik Bajer, a member of the Danish Parliament, was an honorary member of the International Congress in Paris at which the Olympic Games were revived. After Denmark had participated in the 1896 Olympics, the first Danish International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Niels Holbeck, was co-opted in 1899 but it was not until 29 October 1905 that a Danish National Olympic Committee (NOC) was formed. In 1993 the Danish National Olympic Committee merged with the Dansk Idræts-Forbund to become the Danmarks Idræts-Forbund.

Denmark has competed at every Summer Olympic Games, except 1904. Danish athletes have won 214 Olympic medals at the Summer Games, 48 of them gold. Two shooters from the early 20th century won the most Olympic medals for Denmark with five – Lars Jørgen Madsen and Niels Larsen. In 2012 the rower Eskild Ebbesen also won his fifth Olympic medal for Denmark. But their greatest Olympian has likely been sailor Paul Elvstrøm who won four gold medals, winning the monotype class consecutively from 1948-60.

Denmark’s attendance at the Olympic Winter Games has been less consistent. After making their winter début in 1948, they missed the Olympic Winter Games of 1956, 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984, but have participated in all Winter Games since 1988, giving them 15 appearances. Denmark has won one medal in the Olympic Winter Games, that a silver in women’s curling in 1998. The nation has had Olympians competing in eight disciplines – Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and speedskating.

A few athletes from Greenland, which is an autonomous territory of Denmark, have competed for Denmark. There have been six Danish Winter Olympians born in Greenland, the first being Apollo Lynge, in 1968 cross-country skiing.

In 1921, the Dansk Idræts-Forbund was awarded the Olympic Cup.

Participations by edition

Olympic Games

Edition As Men Women Total
1896 Summer Olympics Denmark 3 0 3 Results
1900 Summer Olympics Denmark 13 0 13 Results
1908 Summer Olympics Denmark 78 0 78 Results
1912 Summer Olympics Denmark 151 1 152 Results
1920 Summer Olympics Denmark 150 4 154 Results
1924 Summer Olympics Denmark 77 12 89 Results
1928 Summer Olympics Denmark 82 9 91 Results
1932 Summer Olympics Denmark 35 8 43 Results
1936 Summer Olympics Denmark 105 16 121 Results
1948 Summer Olympics Denmark 144 18 162 Results
1948 Winter Olympics Denmark 2 0 2 Results
1952 Summer Olympics Denmark 115 14 129 Results
1952 Winter Olympics Denmark 1 0 1 Results
1956 Summer Olympics Denmark 27 4 31 Results
1956 Equestrian Olympics Denmark 4 2 6 Results
1960 Summer Olympics Denmark 88 12 100 Results
1960 Winter Olympics Denmark 1 0 1 Results
1964 Summer Olympics Denmark 53 7 60 Results
1964 Winter Olympics Denmark 2 0 2 Results
1968 Summer Olympics Denmark 60 4 64 Results
1968 Winter Olympics Denmark 2 1 3 Results
1972 Summer Olympics Denmark 114 12 126 Results
1976 Summer Olympics Denmark 56 10 66 Results
1980 Summer Olympics Denmark 55 3 58 Results
1984 Summer Olympics Denmark 49 11 60 Results
1988 Summer Olympics Denmark 57 21 78 Results
1988 Winter Olympics Denmark 1 0 1 Results
1992 Summer Olympics Denmark 77 33 110 Results
1992 Winter Olympics Denmark 4 2 6 Results
1994 Winter Olympics Denmark 4 0 4 Results
1996 Summer Olympics Denmark 54 65 119 Results
1998 Winter Olympics Denmark 5 7 12 Results
2000 Summer Olympics Denmark 53 44 97 Results
2002 Winter Olympics Denmark 5 6 11 Results
2004 Summer Olympics Denmark 48 44 92 Results
2006 Winter Olympics Denmark 0 4 4 Results
2008 Summer Olympics Denmark 64 20 84 Results
2010 Winter Olympics Denmark 9 8 17 Results
2012 Summer Olympics Denmark 66 48 114 Results
2014 Winter Olympics Denmark 6 4 10 Results
2016 Summer Olympics Denmark 78 41 119 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Denmark 9 7 16 Results
2020 Summer Olympics Denmark 55 49 104 Results
2022 Winter Olympics Denmark 32 27 59 Results

Intercalated Games

Edition As Men Women Total
1906 Intercalated Games Denmark 49 0 49 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Edition As Men Women Total
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Denmark 9 21 30 Results
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Denmark 3 2 5 Results
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Denmark 6 9 15 Results
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Denmark 2 2 4 Results
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Denmark 6 6 12 Results
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Denmark 22 4 26 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 7 3 10 Results
Archery 8 6 14 Results
Art Competitions 47 4 51 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 123 1 124 Results
Athletics 128 34 162 Results
Badminton 26 25 51 Results
Biathlon 1 1 2 Results
Boxing 78 0 78 Results
Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) 11 0 11 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 45 18 63 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 6 1 7 Results
Curling 17 23 40 Results
Cycling BMX Racing (Cycling) 3 2 5 Results
Cycling Mountain Bike (Cycling) 10 4 14 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 87 5 92 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 85 4 89 Results
Diving (Aquatics) 8 11 19 Results
Equestrian Dressage (Equestrian) 18 16 34 Results
Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) 22 0 22 Results
Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) 5 2 7 Results
Fencing 51 14 65 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 4 1 5 Results
Football (Football) 113 15 128 Results
Freestyle Skiing (Skiing) 0 3 3 Results
Golf 4 3 7 Results
Handball 83 45 128 Results
Hockey 55 0 55 Results
Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 24 21 45 Results
Judo 2 1 3 Results
Modern Pentathlon 15 1 16 Results
Rhythmic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 0 1 1 Results
Rowing 177 36 213 Results
Sailing 114 27 141 Results
Shooting 84 9 93 Results
Skateboarding (Roller Sports) 1 0 1 Results
Snowboarding (Skiing) 1 1 2 Results
Speed Skating (Skating) 4 2 6 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 47 69 116 Results
Table Tennis 4 1 5 Results
Taekwondo 3 1 4 Results
Tennis 18 5 23 Results
Trampolining (Gymnastics) 1 0 1 Results
Triathlon 3 3 6 Results
Tug-Of-War 3 0 3 Results
Weightlifting 21 0 21 Results
Wrestling 66 0 66 Results

Intercalated Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 18 0 18 Results
Athletics 4 0 4 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Fencing 3 0 3 Results
Football (Football) 12 0 12 Results
Rowing 6 0 6 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 2 0 2 Results
Wrestling 3 0 3 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
3-on-3 Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 1 1 2 Results
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 2 3 5 Results
Archery 1 1 2 Results
Athletics 4 2 6 Results
Badminton 1 2 3 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 0 2 2 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 3 1 4 Results
Curling 2 2 4 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 7 5 12 Results
Fencing 2 0 2 Results
Freestyle Skiing (Skiing) 0 1 1 Results
Golf 2 2 4 Results
Handball 0 14 14 Results
Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 17 0 17 Results
Judo 1 0 1 Results
Karate 0 1 1 Results
Rowing 2 1 3 Results
Sailing 0 1 1 Results
Shooting 0 2 2 Results
Skeleton (Bobsleigh) 1 0 1 Results
Speed Skating (Skating) 1 0 1 Results
Tennis 0 1 1 Results
Triathlon 1 2 3 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
1948 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 5 8 9 22
1996 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 4 1 1 6
1920 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 3 9 1 13
2020 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 3 4 4 11
1928 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 3 2 4 9
1906 Intercalated Games Intercalated Games 3 2 1 6
2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 6 7 15
1924 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 6 3 11
2012 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 4 3 9
1960 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 3 1 6
2000 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 3 1 6
2008 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 2 3 7
2004 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 1 5 8
1952 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 1 3 6
1964 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 1 3 6
1980 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 1 2 5
1988 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 2 1 1 4
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 2 1 1 4
1912 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 6 5 12
1968 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 4 3 8
1900 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 3 2 6
1896 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 2 3 6
1992 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 4 6
1956 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 1 3
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 1 1 3
1976 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 2 3
1972 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
1932 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 5 3 8
1984 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 3 3 6
1908 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 2 3 5
1936 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 2 3 5
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 1 3 4
1956 Equestrian Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
1998 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 0 1

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Sailing 13 9 9 31
Rowing 7 5 13 25
Cycling Track 6 6 9 21
Handball 4 1 0 5
Shooting 3 11 5 19
Canoe Sprint 3 6 7 16
Swimming 3 5 7 15
Cycling Road 2 5 1 8
Badminton 2 3 4 9
Boxing 1 5 6 12
Fencing 1 2 3 6
Artistic Gymnastics 1 2 1 4
Weightlifting 1 2 0 3
Diving 1 0 1 2
Art Competitions 0 5 4 9
Athletics 0 4 3 7
Wrestling 0 3 6 9
Equestrian Dressage 0 3 1 4
Football 0 3 1 4
Equestrian Eventing 0 1 1 2
Curling 0 1 0 1
Hockey 0 1 0 1
Tennis 0 1 0 1
Table Tennis 0 0 1 1

Intercalated Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Wrestling 2 1 1 4
Football 1 0 0 1
Artistic Gymnastics 0 1 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Cycling Road 1 1 1 3
Handball 1 0 0 1
Shooting 1 0 0 1
Athletics 0 1 1 2
Triathlon 0 1 1 2
Fencing 0 0 1 1
Judo 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Includes medals won as part of mixed teams.

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Paul Elvstrøm DEN 4 0 0 4
Eskild Ebbesen DEN 3 0 2 5
Lars Jørgen Madsen DEN 2 2 1 5
Lasse Norman Hansen DEN 2 1 2 5
Henry Hansen DEN 2 1 0 3
Jesper Bank DEN 2 0 1 3
Thomas Ebert DEN 2 0 1 3
Camilla Andersen DEN 2 0 0 2
Tina Bøttzau DEN 2 0 0 2
Anette Hoffmann-Møberg DEN 2 0 0 2
Tonje Kjærgaard DEN 2 0 0 2
Janne Kolling DEN 2 0 0 2
Lene Rantala DEN 2 0 0 2
Valdemar Bandolowski DEN 2 0 0 2
Erik Hansen DEN 2 0 0 2
Poul Richard Høj Jensen DEN 2 0 0 2
Karen Brødsgaard DEN 2 0 0 2
Katrine Fruelund DEN 2 0 0 2
Lotte Kiærskou DEN 2 0 0 2
Karin Mortensen DEN 2 0 0 2
Rikke Petersen Schmidt DEN 2 0 0 2
Mette Vestergaard DEN 2 0 0 2

Intercalated Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Søren Jensen DEN 2 0 0 2
August Lindgren DEN 1 0 0 1
Oscar Nielsen DEN 1 0 0 1
Charles Buchwald DEN 1 0 0 1
Carl Pedersen DEN 1 0 0 1
Vigo Andersen DEN 1 0 0 1
Aage Andersen DEN 1 0 0 1
Parmo Ferslev DEN 1 0 0 1
Holger Frederiksen DEN 1 0 0 1
Hjalmar Herup DEN 1 0 0 1
Peder Pedersen DEN 1 0 0 1
Henry Rambusch DEN 1 0 0 1
Stefan Rasmussen DEN 1 0 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Sif Bendix Madsen DEN 1 1 0 2
Emil Hansen DEN 1 0 1 2
Mathilde Bjerregaard DEN 1 0 0 1
Amanda Brogaard DEN 1 0 0 1
Pernille Clausen DEN 1 0 0 1
Rikke Ebbesen DEN 1 0 0 1
Anne Ernstrøm DEN 1 0 0 1
Camilla Fangel DEN 1 0 0 1
Rikke Iversen DEN 1 0 0 1
Mathilde Juncker DEN 1 0 0 1
Camilla Madsen DEN 1 0 0 1
Julie Parkhøi DEN 1 0 0 1
Signe Pedersen DEN 1 0 0 1
Nicoline Skals DEN 1 0 0 1
Sara Smidemann DEN 1 0 0 1
Cecilie Woller DEN 1 0 0 1
Sofie Pedersen DEN 1 0 0 1
Mie Saabye DEN 1 0 0 1
Stephanie Grundsøe DEN 1 0 0 1

IOC Members

Niels Holbeck 1899—1906
Torben Grut 1906—1912
Fritz Hansen 1912—1921
Ivar Nyholm 1922—1931
HRH Prince Axel 1932—1958
HRH Prince Axel 1958—1964
Ivar Vind 1958—1977
Niels Holst-Sørensen 1977—2002
Niels Holst-Sørensen 2002—
Kai Holm 2002—2008
HRH Prince Frederik 2009—2021
Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 2014—2022
HRH Prince Frederik 2021—