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Latvia Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Latvia at Rio Olympics

History of Participation

Latvia is one of the oldest and yet newest participants in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The country first competed at the Paris Olympics in 1924. However, 2016 Rio Olympics will be the country’s its seventh successive Olympics in the modern era. Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. Between 1952 and 1988, Latvia participated as part of the Soviet Union. After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Latvia regained its independence. The country returned to the Olympics by participating at 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Medals Won

In terms of medals, Latvia has won a total of 19 medals at the Olympics, including 3 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze medals. The country’s first ever Olympics medal was a silver medal won during the 1932 games in Los Angeles. Latvia’s first ever gold medal was won by gymnast Igors Vihrovs in the Men’s Floor Exercises during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The country’s most successful Olympian to date is the BMX cyclist Mris Štrombergs who won gold in Cycling (BMX) during both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Latvia’s total medal count does not include the medals won by Latvian athletes while competing under the Soviet Union between 1952 and 1988. While competing under the Soviet Union, Latvian athletes won a total of 21 gold medals in a javelin, volleyball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, and many others. The most successful Latvian during the Soviet era was Ivans Bugajenkovs who won gold medals in 1964 and 1968 as part of the USSR volleyball team.

Latvian Athletes and Events in Rio 2016

Latvia is scheduled to participate in 19 events, including nine athletics events like marathon, javelin throw, and pole vault. The country will also participate in cycling events (BMX and Road), Judo events, beach volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.

The main Latvian athlete to watch in Rio is the BMX cyclist Mris Štrombergs. Nicknamed “the Machine”, this cyclist has dominated the BMX cycling world, scooping gold in both Beijing and London. The other Latvian athletes to watch are the country’s Beach Volleyball players Jānis Šmēdiņš and Aleksandrs Samoilovs. Šmēdiņš was part of the Latvian team that won Bronze at London 2012.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Sports : 12
  • Athletes Participating : 33
  • Events : 25

Latvia Olympic Athletes at 2016 Summer Olympics

Athletes NameSports
Aleksandrs SamoilovsBeach volleyball
Jānis ŠmēdiņšBeach volleyball
Aleksejs RumjancevsCanoe sprint
Dagnis IļjinsCanoe sprint
Māris ŠtrombergsCycling - BMX
Edžus TreimanisCycling - BMX
Toms SkujiņšCycling - Road
Aleksejs SaramotinsCycling - Road
Jevgeņijs BorodavkoJudo
Arturs NikiforenkoJudo
Dainis UpelnieksShooting
Uvis KalniņšSwimming
Alona RibakovaSwimming
Jeļena OstapenkoTennis
Līna MūzeTrack & field
Madara PalameikaTrack & field
Laura Ikauniece-AdmidiņaTrack & field
Zigismunds SirmaisTrack & field
Jeļena ProkopčukaTrack & field
Sinta Ozoliņa-KovalaTrack & field
Gunta Latiševa-ČudareTrack & field
Ilona MarheleTrack & field
Mareks ĀrentsTrack & field
Agnese PastareTrack & field
Valērijs ŽolnerovičsTrack & field
Arnis RumbenieksTrack & field
Rolands ŠtrobindersTrack & field
Pauls PujatsTrack & field
Artūrs PlēsnieksWeightlifting
Rebeka KohaWeightlifting
Anastasija GrigorjevaWrestling

Olympic Medals Table Latvia

Sochi 2014Winter Games0224
London 2012Summer Games1012
Vancouver 2010Winter Games0202
Beijing 2008Summer Games1113
Turin 2006Winter Games0011
Athens 2004 Summer Games0404
Sydney 2000 Summer Games1113
Atlanta 1996 Summer Games0101
Barcelona 1992 Summer Games0213
Berlin 1936 Summer Games0112
Los Angeles 1932 Summer Games0101

Last Updated On : August 05, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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