Lithuania at the Olympics


Lithuania, after declaring restoration of independence in 1918, sent its athletes to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris for the first time. At first it was considered to send 33 athletes, but then it was decided to limit the delegation to 13 soccer players and 2 cyclists. The soccer players arrived in Paris only a day before the game was scheduled. Lithuania debuted at the Olympic games on May 25, 1924 at 2:40pm (Paris time) when the match between Lithuanian and Swiss teams started. Lithuania lost 9-0 (4-0). The cyclists could not finish the 188 km race because of technical difficulties.

Lithuania at the
Olympics
IOC codeLTU
NOCNational Olympic Committee of Lithuania
Websitewww.ltok.lt (in Lithuanian and English)
Medals
Gold
6
Silver
6
Bronze
13
Total
25
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)

In 1928 Summer Olympics Lithuania had 12 representatives for 4 sports: 2 boxers, 4 cyclists, and 5 athletics and one weightlifter. Juozas Vinča achieved the best results and took 5-7 place in boxing.

In 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Lithuania did not participate due to economic difficulties and political controversies surrounding the National Olympic Committee[citation needed]. In 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Lithuania was not invited by Germany due to Memelland/Klaipėda region controversy. In 1940, Lithuania lost its independence to the USSR. After the war, Lithuanians participated in the Olympic games with the Soviet Union team. From 1952 to 1988, 86 Lithuanians participated in the Olympics and won 60 medals (57 in Summer and three in Winter Olympics).

Since the restoration of its independence in 1990, Lithuania has not missed any Olympic games.

Medal tables

Medals by summer sport

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics3126
Modern pentathlon1214
Shooting1001
Swimming1001
Rowing0123
Wrestling0112
Sailing0101
Basketball0033
Boxing0011
Canoeing0011
Cycling0011
Weightlifting0011
Totals (12 sports)661325

List of medalists

Summer Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 GoldRomas Ubartas 1992 Barcelona AthleticsMen's Discus Throw
 BronzeMen's basketball team
Romanas Brazdauskis
Valdemaras Chomičius
Darius Dimavičius
Gintaras Einikis
Sergėjus Jovaiša
Artūras Karnišovas
Gintaras Krapikas
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Alvydas Pazdrazdis
Arvydas Sabonis
Arūnas Visockas
1992 Barcelona BasketballMen's Team Competition
 BronzeMen's basketball team
Arvydas Sabonis
Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Gintaras Einikis
Artūras Karnišovas
Darius Lukminas
Saulius Štombergas
Eurelijus Žukauskas
Mindaugas Žukauskas
Andrius Jurkūnas
Rytis Vaišvila
Tomas Pačėsas
1996 Atlanta BasketballMen's Team Competition
 GoldVirgilijus Alekna 2000 Sydney AthleticsMen's Discus Throw
 GoldDaina Gudzinevičiūtė 2000 Sydney ShootingWomen's Trap Shooting
 BronzeMen's basketball team
Saulius Štombergas
Mindaugas Timinskas
Eurelijus Žukauskas
Darius Maskoliūnas
Ramūnas Šiškauskas
Darius Songaila
Šarūnas Jasikevičius
Kęstutis Marčiulionis
Tomas Masiulis
Dainius Adomaitis
Gintaras Einikis
Andrius Giedraitis
2000 Sydney BasketballMen's Team Competition
 BronzeDiana Žiliūtė 2000 Sydney CyclingWomen's Individual Road Race
 BronzeKristina Poplavskaja
Birutė Šakickienė
2000 Sydney RowingWomen's Double Sculls
 GoldVirgilijus Alekna 2004 Athens AthleticsMen's discus throw
 SilverAustra Skujyte 2004 Athens AthleticsWomen's heptathlon
 SilverAndrejus Zadneprovskis 2004 Athens Modern pentathlonMen's event
 SilverEdvinas Krungolcas 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlonMen's event
 SilverGintarė Volungevičiūtė 2008 Beijing SailingWomen's Laser Radial
 SilverMindaugas Mizgaitis 2008 Beijing WrestlingMen's Greco-Roman 120 kg
 BronzeVirgilijus Alekna 2008 Beijing AthleticsMen's discus throw
 BronzeAndrejus Zadneprovskis 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlonMen's event
 GoldLaura Asadauskaitė 2012 London Modern pentathlonWomen's event
 GoldRūta Meilutytė 2012 London SwimmingWomen's 100 m breaststroke
 BronzeEvaldas Petrauskas 2012 London BoxingMen's lightweight
 BronzeAustra Skujyte 2012 London AthleticsWomen's heptathlon
 BronzeAleksandr Kazakevič 2012 London WrestlingMen's Greco-Roman 74 kg
 SilverMindaugas Griškonis
Saulius Ritter
2016 Rio de Janeiro RowingMen's double sculls
 BronzeMilda Valčiukaitė
Donata Vištartaitė
2016 Rio de Janeiro RowingWomen's double sculls
 BronzeAurimas Didžbalis 2016 Rio de Janeiro WeightliftingMen's 94 kg
 BronzeAurimas Lankas
Edvinas Ramanauskas
2016 Rio de Janeiro CanoeingMen's K-2 200 m

List of gold medal winners

No.NameSportYear
In the Soviet Union
1Vasilijus Matuševas Volleyball 1968
2Danas Pozniakas Boxing 1968
3Vladislavas Česiūnas Canoeing 1972
4Modestas Paulauskas Basketball 1972
5Vida Beselienė Basketball 1980
6Aldona Česaitytė-Nenėnienė Handball 1976 and 1980
7Lina Kačiušytė Swimming 1980
8Sigita Mažeikaitė-Strečen Handball 1980
9Angelė Rupšienė Basketball 1976 and 1980
10Remigijus Valiulis Athletics 1980
11Robertas Žulpa Swimming 1980
12Algimantas Šalna Biathlon 1984
13Valdemaras Chomičius Basketball 1988
14Arvydas Janonis Football 1988
15Artūras Kasputis Cycling 1988
16Rimas Kurtinaitis Basketball 1988
17Šarūnas Marčiulionis Basketball 1988
18Arminas Narbekovas Football 1988
19Valdemaras Novickis Handball 1988
20Arvydas Sabonis Basketball 1988
21Gintautas Umaras Cycling 1988 (twice)
22Vida Vencienė Cross country skiing 1988
Independent Lithuania
23Romas Ubartas Athletics 1992
24Daina Gudzinevičiūtė Shooting 2000
25Virgilijus Alekna Athletics 2000 and 2004
26Rūta Meilutytė Swimming 2012
27Laura Asadauskaitė Modern pentathlon 2012

See also