Latvia

History

Latvia made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1924. They would compete until 1936 where afterwards they became part of the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union Latvia would compete as an independent nation at the 1992 Olympics and has competed ever since. Since their return Latvia sends a medium-sized delegation with at least 30 athletes competing. The nation competes in various sports with the more common ones being athletics, canoeing, cycling, modern pentathlon, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.

Latvia won its first medal at the 1932 Olympics and has won a total of 19 summer medals across 10 sports. Their most successful sports include athletics (5) and cycling (3). Their most successful summer athletes are canoeist Ivans Klementjevs, weightlifter Viktors Scerbatihs and cyclist Maris Strombergs with each winning two medals. Klementjevs won two silver medals in men’s C1 1000m at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Scerbatihs won a silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008 in the men’s +105kg event. Strombergs won two gold medals in men’s BMX at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2016 Latvia failed to win a medal.

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