Latvia (LAT)

Overview

NOCLatvijas Olimpiskā komiteja
Flagbearers49

Participants

Olympic Games 518
Youth Olympic Games 104
Other competitors with LAT nationality 147

Description

Prior to its annexation by the Soviet Union in 1940, Latvia competed at the Olympic Games of 1924, 1928, 1932, and 1936, winning three medals. Latvia also competed at the Olympic Winter Games of 1924, 1928, and 1936. From 1952 to 1988, many Latvians competed for the Soviet Union (USSR). During this time the most successful Latvians were the volleyballer Ivans Bugajenkovs (two gold in 1964 and 1968), the basketballers Uļjana Semjonova (two gold in 1976 and 1980), Jānis Krūmiņš, Valdis Muižnieks, and Maigonis Valdmanis (all three silver each between 1952 and 1964) as well as the javelin thrower Jānis Lūsis, who won a full set of medals between 1964 and 1972. The canoeist Ivans Klementjevs won gold in 1988 while representing the Soviet Union and added two silver medals in 1992 and 1996 as a member of the Latvian team. At the 1988 Winter Olympics the Latvian Jānis Ķipurs won gold and bronze in bobsleigh.

After the Soviet revolution of 1991, Latvia declared and was granted its independence, and its National Olympic Committee was recognized by the IOC in 1991. Latvia returned to the Olympic fold in 1992 by competing at both Albertville and Barcelona, and has competed at all Olympic Games since. In 2000, gymnast Igors Vihrovs won the country’s first Olympic gold medal. As of 2022, Latvia has won 31 medals (five gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze), with 10 medals and one gold at the Olympic Winter Games. To date, Māris Štrombergs is the only Latvian to win two gold medals as he won the BMX cycling in 2008 and 2012.

Latvia competed at the Olympic Winter Games three times before World War II, and then returned to the Winter Games at Albertville 1992. It has since appeared at every Olympic Winter Games. Latvia’s best winter sports are the sliding sports – bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton, as all ten of their Olympic Winter medals have come in those sports, along with their one gold, in 2014 four-man bobsleigh. Three Winter Olympians have won three medals: Oskars Melbārdis, with one gold and two bronze (bobsleigh), and brothers Andris Šics and Juris Šics (both with one silver and two bronze in the luge events).

Participations by edition

Olympic Games

Edition As Men Women Total
1924 Summer Olympics Latvia 36 0 36 Results
1924 Winter Olympics Latvia 2 0 2 Results
1928 Summer Olympics Latvia 15 2 17 Results
1928 Winter Olympics Latvia 1 0 1 Results
1932 Summer Olympics Latvia 5 0 5 Results
1936 Summer Olympics Latvia 29 0 29 Results
1936 Winter Olympics Latvia 23 3 26 Results
1992 Summer Olympics Latvia 25 9 34 Results
1992 Winter Olympics Latvia 19 4 23 Results
1994 Winter Olympics Latvia 20 7 27 Results
1996 Summer Olympics Latvia 34 13 47 Results
1998 Winter Olympics Latvia 21 8 29 Results
2000 Summer Olympics Latvia 30 15 45 Results
2002 Winter Olympics Latvia 42 5 47 Results
2004 Summer Olympics Latvia 22 10 32 Results
2006 Winter Olympics Latvia 49 8 57 Results
2008 Summer Olympics Latvia 29 18 47 Results
2010 Winter Olympics Latvia 44 9 53 Results
2012 Summer Olympics Latvia 31 14 45 Results
2014 Winter Olympics Latvia 49 7 56 Results
2016 Summer Olympics Latvia 19 13 32 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Latvia 25 9 34 Results
2020 Summer Olympics Latvia 19 13 32 Results
2022 Winter Olympics Latvia 47 10 57 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Edition As Men Women Total
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Latvia 7 4 11 Results
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Latvia 12 4 16 Results
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Latvia 4 9 13 Results
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Latvia 9 7 16 Results
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Latvia 10 8 18 Results
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Latvia 14 16 30 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
3x3 Basketball (Basketball) 4 0 4 Results
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 8 6 14 Results
Art Competitions 7 0 7 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 3 1 4 Results
Athletics 56 36 92 Results
Basketball (Basketball) 7 12 19 Results
Beach Volleyball (Volleyball) 5 2 7 Results
Biathlon 12 8 20 Results
Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) 38 0 38 Results
Boxing 3 0 3 Results
Canoe Slalom (Canoeing) 1 1 2 Results
Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) 9 0 9 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 18 11 29 Results
Cycling BMX Racing (Cycling) 6 2 8 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 17 0 17 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 13 0 13 Results
Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) 1 0 1 Results
Fencing 0 1 1 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 6 5 11 Results
Football (Football) 11 0 11 Results
Freestyle Skiing (Skiing) 2 0 2 Results
Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 81 0 81 Results
Judo 5 0 5 Results
Karate 1 0 1 Results
Luge 24 11 35 Results
Modern Pentathlon 6 1 7 Results
Nordic Combined (Skiing) 2 0 2 Results
Rowing 2 4 6 Results
Sailing 2 4 6 Results
Shooting 6 1 7 Results
Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 5 1 6 Results
Skeleton (Bobsleigh) 2 2 4 Results
Speed Skating (Skating) 5 1 6 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 8 5 13 Results
Table Tennis 1 0 1 Results
Tennis 1 4 5 Results
Weightlifting 13 1 14 Results
Wrestling 15 1 16 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
3-on-3 Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 0 1 1 Results
3x3 Basketball (Basketball) 4 0 4 Results
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 3 3 6 Results
Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) 1 0 1 Results
Athletics 3 5 8 Results
Beach Volleyball (Volleyball) 0 2 2 Results
Biathlon 6 5 11 Results
Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) 3 1 4 Results
Breaking (Dance) 0 1 1 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 4 4 8 Results
Curling 2 2 4 Results
Cycling BMX Freestyle (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Cycling BMX Racing (Cycling) 1 1 2 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 3 1 4 Results
Figure Skating (Skating) 1 1 2 Results
Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) 1 0 1 Results
Luge 10 6 16 Results
Mixed Sports 3 2 5 Results
Modern Pentathlon 1 1 2 Results
Rowing 0 1 1 Results
Sailing 1 1 2 Results
Shooting 1 1 2 Results
Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 2 1 3 Results
Skeleton (Bobsleigh) 3 3 6 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 4 4 8 Results
Tennis 0 2 2 Results
Weightlifting 1 1 2 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 2 2 5
2014 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 3 5
2000 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 1 3
2008 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 1 1 3
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 1 1 3
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 1 1 0 2
2012 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 1 2
2020 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 1 0 1 2
2004 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 4 0 4
1992 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 2 1 3
2010 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 2 0 2
1936 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 1 2
1932 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
1996 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
2006 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 0 1 1
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 0 1 1
2018 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1
2022 Winter Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Cycling BMX Racing 2 0 0 2
Artistic Gymnastics 1 1 0 2
Bobsleigh 1 0 2 3
3x3 Basketball 1 0 0 1
Athletics 0 4 1 5
Canoe Sprint 0 2 0 2
Skeleton 0 2 0 2
Luge 0 1 4 5
Weightlifting 0 1 2 3
Modern Pentathlon 0 1 0 1
Shooting 0 1 0 1
Wrestling 0 1 0 1
Beach Volleyball 0 0 1 1
Cycling Road 0 0 1 1
Judo 0 0 1 1

Youth Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Luge 2 2 3 7
Ice Hockey 1 0 0 1
Figure Skating 0 1 0 1
Skeleton 0 1 0 1
Athletics 0 0 1 1
Weightlifting 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Includes medals won as part of mixed teams.

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Māris Štrombergs LAT 2 0 0 2
Oskars Melbārdis LAT 1 0 2 3
Daumants Dreiškens LAT 1 0 1 2
Jānis Strenga LAT 1 0 1 2
Igors Vihrovs LAT 1 0 0 1
Arvis Vilkaste LAT 1 0 0 1
Agnis Čavars LAT 1 0 0 1
Edgars Krūmiņš LAT 1 0 0 1
Kārlis Lasmanis LAT 1 0 0 1
Nauris Miezis LAT 1 0 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Gints Bērziņš LAT 1 0 1 2
Kristers Aparjods LAT 1 0 0 1
Augusts Valdis Vasiļonoks LAT 1 0 0 1
Deniss Vasiļjevs LAT 0 1 1 2
Ardis Liepiņš LAT 0 1 1 2
Kaspars Rinks LAT 0 1 1 2
Diāna Ņikitina LAT 0 1 0 1
Elvis Veinbergs LAT 0 1 0 1
Riks Rozītis LAT 0 1 0 1
Ulla Zirne LAT 0 0 1 1
Jeļena Ostapenko LAT 0 0 1 1
Rebeka Koha LAT 0 0 1 1
Justīne Maskale LAT 0 0 1 1
Viktorija Ziediņa LAT 0 0 1 1
Selīna Zvilna LAT 0 0 1 1
Intars Išējevs LAT 0 0 1 1
Agate Rašmane LAT 0 0 1 1
Kārlis Krūzbergs LAT 0 0 1 1

IOC Members

Jānis Dikmanis 1926—1947