Denmark made its first Summer Olympic appearance during the 1896 inaugurate games. They have competed ever since, with the exception of the 1904 Olympics. Denmark sends a large delegation of athletes with about 100 competing at recent games. The nation competes in a diverse set of sports including badminton, cycling, handball and sailing.

Denmark has earned at least one medal at every Olympics it has participated in. In total the nation has won 194 medals in 18 sports with sailing (30), cycling (26), rowing (24) and shooting (18) being the most successful sports. The most successful athletes are rower Eskild Ebbesen and sport shooters Lars Jorgen Madsen and Niels Larsen whom all won five medals. Ebbesen won three gold and two bronze medals in the men’s lightweight coxless fours from 1996 to 2012. Madsen won two gold, two silver and a bronze at the 1900, 1912 and 1920 Olympics while Larsen won one gold, one silver and three bronze at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympics in various rifle events. In 2016 Denmark won 15 medals, their second highest ever total.

Qualified Quotas


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s RS:X Laerke Buhl-Hansen
Women’s Laser Radial Anne-Marie Rindom
Men’s 49er Mads Lubeck
Nikolaj Hoffmann Buhl
Women’s 49erFX Jena Hansen
Katja Salskov-Iversen
Mixed Nacra 17 Foiling Lin Ea Cenholt
Christian Lubeck