Uruguay made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1924 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1980 where it participated in the United States led boycott. The nation sends a small delegation with around 15 athletes competing at recent Olympics. The athletes typically compete in athletics, boxing, cycling, rowing, sailing and swimming.

Uruguay won its first Olympic medal in 1924. In total, the nation has won 10 medals across 5 sports where four was won in rowing, two each in basketball and football and one each in boxing and cycling. 13 athletes have won two medals for Uruguay with Jose Andrade, Pedro Arispe, Pedro Cea, Andres Mazali, Jose Nasazzi, Pedro Petron, Hector Scarone and Santos Urdinaran being part of the 1924 and 1928 gold medal winning men’s football team, Hector Costa, Nelson Demarco, Hector Garcia Otero and Sergio Matto being part of the 1952 and 1956 bronze medal winning men’s basketball team and rower Juan Rodriguez winning bronze in men’s double sculls at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. In 2016 Uruguay failed to win a medal.

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