Iceland made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1912. Although Johannes Josefsson competed at the 1908 Olympics, officially he was listed under Denmark while the 1912 team had a special designation. The nation wouldn’t return until 1936, but has since competed in all subsequent Olympics. Iceland typically competes with around 20 athletes, especially when they qualify their men’s handball team. Other common sports the athletes compete in are athletics, judo and swimming.

Iceland won its first medal at the 1956 Olympics where Vilhjalmur Einarsson won silver in the men’s triple jump. In total Iceland has won four medals where judoka Bjarni Frioriksson won bronze in the men’s -95kg event during the 1984 games, Vala Flosadottir won silver in women’s pole vault at the 2000 games and the men’s handball team won silver at the 2008 Olympics.

Qualified Quotas


Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 200m Breaststroke Anton McKee