Belarus at the
Olympics
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IOC codeBLR
NOCBelarus Olympic Committee
Websitewww.noc.by (in Russian and English)
Medals
Ranked 45th
Gold
21
Silver
37
Bronze
47
Total
105
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Poland (1924–1936)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Unified Team (1992)

Athletes from Belarus began their Olympic participation at the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the Soviet Union (IOC code: URS).[1] After the Soviet Union disbanded in 1991, Belarus, along with four of the other fourteen former Soviet republics, competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics (held in Albertville, France) as the Unified Team. Later in 1992, Belarus joined eleven republics to compete as the Unified Team at the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. Two years later, Belarus competed for the first time as an independent nation in the 1994 Winter Olympics, held in Lillehammer, Norway.

With a total of 105 medals, Belarus is ranked third amongst post-Soviet states, after Russia and Ukraine.

In 2022, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its treatment of Belarusian athletes, Belarus was suspended from the Olympic Games.[2]

Medal tables

See also: All-time Olympic Games medal table

List of medalists

Summer Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Ekaterina Karsten United States 1996 Atlanta
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Rowing
Women's single sculls
 Silver Vladimir Dubrovshchik United States 1996 Atlanta
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Athletics
Men's discus throw
 Silver Natallia Sazanovich United States 1996 Atlanta
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Athletics
Women's heptathlon
 Silver Igor Basinsky United States 1996 Atlanta
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Shooting
Men's 50 metre pistol
 Silver Aleksandr Pavlov United States 1996 Atlanta
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Wrestling
Men's Greco-Roman 48 kg
 Silver Sergey Lishtvan United States 1996 Atlanta
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Wrestling
Men's Greco-Roman 100 kg
 Silver Aleksey Medvedev United States 1996 Atlanta
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Wrestling
Men's freestyle 130 kg
 Bronze Vasiliy Kaptyukh United States 1996 Atlanta
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Athletics
Men's discus throw
 Bronze Ellina Zvereva United States 1996 Atlanta
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Athletics
Women's discus throw
 Bronze Vitaly Scherbo United States 1996 Atlanta
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Gymnastics (Artistic)
Individual all-around
 Bronze Vitaly Scherbo United States 1996 Atlanta
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Gymnastics (Artistic)
Men's horizontal bar
 Bronze Vitaly Scherbo United States 1996 Atlanta
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Gymnastics (Artistic)
Men's parallel bars
 Bronze Vitaly Scherbo United States 1996 Atlanta
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Gymnastics (Artistic)
Men's vault
 Bronze Tamara Davydenko
Nataliya Lavrinenko
Yelena Mikulich
Aleksandra Pankina
Yaroslava Pavlovich
Valentina Skrabatun
Nataliya Stasyuk
Nataliya Volchek
Marina Znak
United States 1996 Atlanta
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Rowing
Women's Eight
 Bronze Valery Tsilent United States 1996 Atlanta
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Wrestling
Men's Greco-Roman 82 kg
 Gold Ellina Zvereva Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Women's discus throw
 Gold Yanina Korolchik Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Women's shot put
 Gold Ekaterina Karsten Australia 2000 Sydney
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Rowing
Women's single sculls
 Silver Yulia Raskina Australia 2000 Sydney
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Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Individual all-around
 Silver Tatyana Ananko
Tatyana Belan
Anna Glazkova
Irina Ilyenkova
Maria Lazuk
Olga Puzhevich
Australia 2000 Sydney
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Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Group all-around
 Silver Igor Basinsky Australia 2000 Sydney
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Shooting
Men's 50 metre pistol
 Bronze Igor Astapkovich Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Men's hammer throw
 Bronze Iryna Yatchenko Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Women's discus throw
 Bronze Natallia Sazanovich Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Women's heptathlon
 Bronze Anatoly Laryukov Australia 2000 Sydney
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Judo
Men's 73 kg
 Bronze Pavel Dovgal Australia 2000 Sydney
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Modern pentathlon
Men's individual
 Bronze Igor Basinsky Australia 2000 Sydney
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Shooting
Men's 10 metre air pistol
 Bronze Sergei Martynov Australia 2000 Sydney
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Shooting
Men's 50 metre rifle prone
 Bronze Lalita Yauhleuskaya Australia 2000 Sydney
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Shooting
Women's 25 metre pistol
 Bronze Gennady Oleshchuk Australia 2000 Sydney
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Weightlifting
Men's 62 kg
 Bronze Sergey Lavrenov Australia 2000 Sydney
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Weightlifting
Men's 69 kg
 Bronze Dmitry Debelka Australia 2000 Sydney
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Wrestling
Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg
 Gold Yulia Nestsiarenka Greece 2004 Athens
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Athletics
Women's 100 metres
 Gold Ihar Makarau Greece 2004 Athens
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Judo
Men's 100 kg
 Silver Magomed Aripgadjiev Greece 2004 Athens
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Boxing
Light heavyweight
 Silver Viktar Zuyev Greece 2004 Athens
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Boxing
Heavyweight
 Silver Ekaterina Karsten Greece 2004 Athens
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Rowing
Women's single sculls
 Silver Andrei Rybakou Greece 2004 Athens
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Weightlifting
Men's 85 kg
 Silver Hanna Batsiushka Greece 2004 Athens
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Weightlifting
Women's 63 kg
 Bronze Vadzim Makhneu
Raman Piatrushenka
Greece 2004 Athens
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Canoeing
Men's K-2 500 metres
 Bronze Natallia Tsylinskaya Greece 2004 Athens
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Cycling
Women's track time trial
 Bronze Yuliya Bichyk
Natallia Helakh
Greece 2004 Athens
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Rowing
Women's coxless pair
 Bronze Sergei Martynov Greece 2004 Athens
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Shooting
Men's 50 metre rifle prone
 Bronze Tatsiana Stukalava Greece 2004 Athens
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Weightlifting
Women's 63 kg
 Bronze Viachaslau Makaranka Greece 2004 Athens
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Wrestling
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg
 Gold Andrei Bahdanovich
Aliaksandr Bahdanovich
China 2008 Beijing
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Canoeing
Men's C-2 1000 m
 Gold Raman Piatrushenka
Aliaksei Abalmasau
Artur Litvinchuk
Vadzim Makhneu
China 2008 Beijing
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Canoeing
Men's K-4 1000 m
 Gold Andrei Aramnau China 2008 Beijing
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Weightlifting
Men's 105 kg
 Silver Vadim Devyatovskiy China 2008 Beijing
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Athletics
Men's hammer throw
 Silver Andrei Krauchanka China 2008 Beijing
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Athletics
Men's decathlon
 Silver Inna Zhukova China 2008 Beijing
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Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Individual all-around
 Silver Murad Gaidarov China 2008 Beijing
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Wrestling
Men's 74 kg
 Bronze Ivan Tsikhan China 2008 Beijing
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Athletics
Men's hammer throw
 Bronze Vadzim Makhneu
Raman Piatrushenka
China 2008 Beijing
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Canoeing
Men's K-2 500 m
 Bronze Olesya Babushkina
Anastasia Ivankova
Zinaida Lunina
Glafira Martinovich
Ksenia Sankovich
Alina Tumilovich
China 2008 Beijing
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Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Group all-around
 Bronze Ekaterina Karsten China 2008 Beijing
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Rowing
Women's single sculls
 Bronze Yuliya Bichyk
Natallia Helakh
China 2008 Beijing
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Rowing
Women's coxless pair
 Bronze Mikhail Siamionau China 2008 Beijing
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Wrestling
Men's 66 kg
 Bronze Anastasiya Samusevich China 2008 Beijing
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Modern pentathlon
Women's
 Gold Sergei Martynov United Kingdom 2012 London
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Shooting
Men's 50 m rifle prone
 Gold Victoria Azarenka
Max Mirnyi
United Kingdom 2012 London
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Tennis
Mixed doubles
 Silver Andrei Bahdanovich
Aliaksandr Bahdanovich
United Kingdom 2012 London
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Canoeing
Men's C-2 1000 m
 Silver Raman Piatrushenka
Vadzim Makhneu
United Kingdom 2012 London
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Canoeing
Men's K-2 200 m
 Silver Maryna Hancharova
Anastasia Ivankova
Nataliya Leshchyk
Aliaksandra Narkevich
Ksenia Sankovich
Alina Tumilovich
United Kingdom 2012 London
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Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Group all-around
 Silver Aliaksandra Herasimenia United Kingdom 2012 London
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Swimming
Women's 50 m freestyle
 Silver Aliaksandra Herasimenia United Kingdom 2012 London
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Swimming
Women's 100 m freestyle
 Bronze Volha Khudzenka
Iryna Pamialova
Nadzeya Papok
Maryna Pautaran
United Kingdom 2012 London
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Canoeing
Women's K-4 500 m
 Bronze Liubov Charkashyna United Kingdom 2012 London
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Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Individual all-around
 Bronze Victoria Azarenka United Kingdom 2012 London
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Tennis
Women's singles
 Gold Uladzislau Hancharou Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Gymnastics
Men's trampoline
 Silver Darya Naumava Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Weightlifting
Women's 75 kg
 Silver Vadzim Straltsou Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Weightlifting
Men's 94 kg
 Silver Maryia Mamashuk Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Wrestling
Women's 63 kg
 Silver Ivan Tsikhan Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Athletics
Men's hammer throw
 Bronze Aliaksandra Herasimenia Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Swimming
Women's 50 m freestyle
 Bronze Javid Hamzatau Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Wrestling
Men's Greco-Roman 85 kg
 Bronze Ibrahim Saidau Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Wrestling
Men's freestyle 125 kg
 Bronze Marharyta Makhneva
Nadzeya Liapeshka
Volha Khudzenka
Maryna Litvinchuk
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Canoeing
Women's K-4 500 m
 Gold Ivan Litvinovich Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Gymnastics
Men's trampoline
 Silver Iryna Kurachkina Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Wrestling
Women's freestyle 57 kg
 Silver Magomedkhabib Kadimagomedov Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Wrestling
Men's freestyle 74 kg
 Silver Volha Khudzenka
Maryna Litvinchuk
Marharyta Makhneva
Nadzeya Papok
Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Canoeing
Women's K-4 500 metres
 Bronze Maksim Nedasekau Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Athletics
Men's high jump
 Bronze Vanesa Kaladzinskaya Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Wrestling
Women's freestyle 53 kg
 Bronze Alina Harnasko Japan 2020 Tokyo
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Gymnastics
Women's rhythmic individual all-around

Winter Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Svetlana Paramygina Norway 1994 Lillehammer
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Biathlon
Women's sprint
 Silver Igor Zhelezovski Norway 1994 Lillehammer
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Speed skating
Men's 1000 m
 Bronze Alexei Aidarov Japan 1998 Nagano
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Biathlon
Men's individual
 Bronze Dmitri Dashinski Japan 1998 Nagano
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Freestyle skiing
Men's aerials
 Bronze Aleksei Grishin United States 2002 Salt Lake City
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Freestyle skiing
Men's aerials
 Silver Dmitri Dashinski Italy 2006 Turin
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Freestyle skiing
Men's aerials
 Gold Aleksei Grishin Canada 2010 Vancouver
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Freestyle skiing
Men's aerials
 Silver Sergey Novikov Canada 2010 Vancouver
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Biathlon
Men's individual
 Bronze Darya Domracheva Canada 2010 Vancouver
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Biathlon
Women's individual
 Gold Darya Domracheva Russia 2014 Sochi
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Biathlon
Women's individual
 Gold Darya Domracheva Russia 2014 Sochi
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Biathlon
Women's mass start
 Gold Darya Domracheva Russia 2014 Sochi
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Biathlon
Women's pursuit
 Gold Anton Kushnir Russia 2014 Sochi
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Freestyle skiing
Men's aerials
 Gold Alla Tsuper Russia 2014 Sochi
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Freestyle skiing
Women's aerials
 Bronze Nadezhda Skardino Russia 2014 Sochi
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Biathlon
Women's individual
 Gold Hanna Huskova South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang
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Freestyle skiing
Women's aerials
 Silver Darya Domracheva South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang
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Biathlon
Women's mass start
 Gold Nadezhda Skardino
Iryna Kryuko
Dzinara Alimbekava
Darya Domracheva
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang
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Biathlon
Women's relay
 Silver Anton Smolski China 2022 Beijing
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Biathlon
Men's individual
 Silver Hanna Huskova China 2022 Beijing
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Freestyle skiing
Women's aerials

Soviet Union

Main article: Soviet Union at the Olympics

Athletes from the Soviet Union began participating in the Olympic Games in 1952, winning 194 total medals in the Winter Games[3] and 1010 at the Summer Games for a total of 1204 medals. Of those medals, 473 were gold, 376 were silver and 355 were bronze.[4] The Belarusian collection of medals began with Mikhail Krivonosov winning silver in the hammer throw at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. The Soviet Republic's first gold medal was won by Leonid Geishtor and Sergei Makarenko in the 1000 metre pairs canoe event during the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, Italy.[5] The Soviet Union first competed in the Winter Olympics in 1956, located in Cortina.[6] In 1988, the Soviet Union competed for the last time as a unified country.[7]

Unified Team

Gymnast Vitaly Shcherbo won six gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[8]

Summer Olympic Games

1996 Atlanta

Main article: Belarus at the 1996 Summer Olympics

In Belarus's first independent appearance at the Summer Olympics, the delegation took home fifteen medals: one gold, six silver and eight bronze. The first Belarusian gold medal was won by Ekaterina Karsten in the women's single sculls rowing event. The silver medals were won in athletics, shooting, and wrestling (both freestyle and Greco-Roman). The bronze medals were won in artistic gymnastics, athletics, rowing and Greco-Roman wrestling.[9] The country sent 159 athletes to compete in 21 disciplines.[10]

2000 Sydney

Main article: Belarus at the 2000 Summer Olympics

The Belarusian government, using public funds and sponsorships, spent five million USD to prepare the athletes for the 2000 Olympics. Minister of Sports and Tourism Yevgeny Vorsin predicted that Belarus would win four gold medals during the Games.[11] Belarus finished with three gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals. Karsten successfully defended her championship in the single sculls, with the other two gold medals won by Yanina Karolchik and Ellina Zvereva in the shot put and discus throw events, respectively. The Belarusian women took silver in both individual and team rhythmic gymnastics, with a third silver medal coming in the men's 50 metre pistol event. Bronze medals were won in hammer throwing, shooting (3), Greco-Roman wrestling, pentathlon, weight lifting (2), judo, heptathlon and discus throwing.[12] One athlete from Belarus, Vadim Devyatovsky, was banned from Olympic competition due to testing positive for the substance nandrolone.[13]

2004 Athens

Main article: Belarus at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Belarus used leftover funds from the Sydney Games to prepare athletes to compete in the 2004 Olympics.[11] Belarus sent to Athens 153 athletes competing in 21 disciplines.[14] Those athletes won 15 medals: two golds, six silvers, and nine bronzes. The gold medals were won in the 100 meter dash and in judo. The silver medals were won in weightlifting (2), boxing (2), rowing and the hammer throw. The bronzes were won in shooting, the discus throw, weightlifting, cycling, rowing (2), wrestling (Greco-Roman) and canoeing/kayaking (2).[15] Ivan Tsikhan originally won the bronze in the hammer throw, but his medal was upgraded to silver after Adrian Annus of Hungary was stripped of his gold medal due to doping.[16] Yulia Nestsiarenka, who was not expected to do well in the 100 meter dash, took home the gold in the event. She was clocked at 10.93 seconds, beating the second place American by 0.03 seconds.[17] Wrestler Alexander Medved was tasked to carry the national flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

2008 Beijing

Main article: Belarus at the 2008 Summer Olympics

One hundred and eighty-one athletes from Belarus competed in 28 events at the Beijing Olympics.[19] Before the Olympics started, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus announced that medal winners would be awarded cash prizes, valued in United States dollars, from the Committee and their sponsors. Another sponsor, Belatmit,[20] offered gold medal winners free sausage for life. The women's basketball team would be given free sausage regardless of what medal they won.[20] The team captain was Ivan Tsikhan[21] and fencer Alexander Romankov carried the national flag during the opening ceremonies.[22] Overall, Belarus took home 19 medals, with four medals being gold, placing 16th in the medal standings, 13th in the total medal count.[23] At a ceremony bestowing state decorations on the Olympic champions President Lukashenko said his country had performed better in Beijing than they did in Athens, but he still called the Games a "missed opportunity", winning fewer gold medals than he personally had expected.[24] However, on September 21, the IOC has asked Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan to provide the body information on why they tested positive for abnormal traces of testosterone after the completion of the hammerthrow final on August 17. If found guilty, the pair will be stripped of their respective medals and Devyatovskiy will face a lifetime ban for a second doping offense.[25] The IOC found them guilty on December 11 and officially stripped them of their medals.[26] 10 June 2010 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeals filed by the two Belarusian hammer throwers, Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, against the decision of the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of 11 December 2008. Consequently, the silver and bronze medals won at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing are to be returned to Vadim Deviyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan respectively. In 2012 IAAF retested doping samples from the 2005 World Athletics Championships and shotputter Andrei Mikhnevich was found positive for 3 anabolic steroids: Clenbuterol, Methandienone and Oxandrolone. In August 2014 IOC disqualified his results from the 2008 Summer Olympics and allocated the bronze medal.[27]

2012 London

Main article: Belarus at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Belarus won two gold medals at the 2012 games in London, the first being for Sergei Martynov in the men's 50m rifle prone shooting. Mixed doubles tennis players Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka won the other gold, with Azarenka also winning a bronze in the women's singles.

2016 Rio de Janeiro

Main article: Belarus at the 2016 Summer Olympics

2020 Tokyo

Main article: Belarus at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Winter Olympic Games

1994 Lillehammer

Main article: Belarus at the 1994 Winter Olympics

This was the first Olympic Games in which an independent Belarus participated. Before competing as an independent state, Belarusian athletes won four medals as part of the USSR and CIS squads from Olympic Games spanning 1964 to 1992.[6] Belarus sent 33 athletes to compete in seven disciplines. Silver medals were won by Igor Zhelezovski in the 1000 m speed skating and Svetlana Paramygina in the biathlon.[28] Out of the 67 nations that competed, Belarus ranked 15th in the medal totals.[5] According to the NOC RB, competing in the Lillehammer Olympics is a historic event for Belarus and "opened a new page in the history of Belarusian sport."[6]

1998 Nagano

Main article: Belarus at the 1998 Winter Olympics

Belarus sent a delegation of 59 athletes to compete in nine disciplines.[6] Belarus medaled twice, both times with bronze. The medals were earned by Dmitry Dashchinsky in aerials and Alexei Aidarov in the biathlon.[29] Belarus qualified for the second round of the hockey tournament, but lost its group matches and was eliminated by Russia in the quarterfinals, finishing seventh overall.[30] In a speech by President Alexander Lukashenko in 2002, he reflected on the achievements of athletes in the Nagano Games. While watching the events, he stated that the Belarusian athletes competed with dignity and brought glory to Belarus.[31]

2002 Salt Lake City

Main article: Belarus at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Belarus competed in nine disciplines, just like at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Belarus's single medal was a bronze won by Aleksei Grishin.[32] The men's ice hockey team drew international attention for its upset of top-seeded Sweden and subsequent 4th-place finish.[33] However, hockey team member Vasily Pankov, along with Belarusian team doctor Evgeni Lositski, were removed from the Olympic Games due to positive doping results. Lositski was barred from coming to the 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games for giving Pankov medication that included nandrolone.[34] Another Belarusian athlete was given a "strong warning" by the IOC for missing a doping test and admonished the NOC RB for helping her miss the test.[35]

2006 Turin

Main article: Belarus at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Sending 33 athletes, Belarus competed in eight disciplines.[36] Dmitry Dashchinsky took home the only medal, a silver in the aerials. Dashchinsky had earned a bronze medal at the 1998 Nagano Games.[5] The result was upsetting to Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus and head of the National Olympic Committee. He told members of the NOC RB that the coaches were to blame for the poor showing and that Belarus needed victories so they could feel pride as a nation. He also told the assembled members that if there are any more poor showings, he will fire the members.[37]

2010 Vancouver

Main article: Belarus at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Belarus won three medals. Alexei Grishin took the nation's first-ever gold in freestyle skiing – men's aerials. Sergey Novikov took silver in the men's 20-kilometers individual biathlon, while Darya Domracheva took bronze in the women's 15-kilometer individual biathlon.[38] The men's hockey team was eliminated in the first round of playoffs.

2014 Sochi

Main article: Belarus at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Belarus ranked 8th, its highest at any Olympic Games, after winning five golds and a bronze. Biathlete Darya Domracheva won three golds, in the women's pursuit, individual and mass start events. Nadzeya Skardzina won the bronze in the individual. In freestyle skiing, Alla Tsuper and Anton Kushnir won golds in the respective women's and men's aerial events.

2018 Pyeongchang

Main article: Belarus at the 2018 Winter Olympics

2022 Beijing

Main article: Belarus at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Flag bearers

Games Name
Norway 1994 Lillehammer Igor Zhelezovsky
United States 1996 Atlanta Igor Astapkovich
Japan 1998 Nagano Alexandr Popov
Australia 2000 Sydney Sergey Lishtvan
United States 2002 Salt Lake City Oleg Ryzhenkov
Greece 2004 Athens Aleksandr Medved
Italy 2006 Turin Alexandr Popov
China 2008 Beijing Alexander Romankov
Canada 2010 Vancouver Oleg Antonenko
United Kingdom 2012 London Max Mirnyi
Russia 2014 Sochi Aleksei Grishin
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Vasil Kiryienka
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang Alla Tsuper
Japan 2020 Tokyo Hanna Marusava & Mikita Tsmyh

National Olympic Committee

Main article: Belarus Olympic Committee

In 1991, an order was issued to create the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Russian: Национальный олимпийский комитет Республики Беларусь), and it was not until 1993 before the NOC RB (НОК РБ) became a full member of the International Olympic Committee.[39] Also in 1993, Vladimir Ryzhenkov, who was at the time the Belarus Minister for Sport and Tourism, was elected to the post of President of the NOC RB. In May 1997, a year after the death of Ryzhenkov, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was elected to the post, which he still holds today. Lukashenko is the first known example of a head of state to also lead a National Olympic Committee at the same time.[5] Funding for the NOC RB comes from marketing of goods with the Olympic logo, donations from the private sector, sponsorships and from the national government.[11][40] As head of state, President Lukashenko issued decrees awarding prizes to those who bring home medals, use state funds to prepare for athletes and pay the coaches of the athletes. In 2004, President Lukashenko issued a decree awarding those who win medals in the 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games the following tax-free monetary awards (in United States dollars): $60,000 for gold, $30,000 for silver and $20,000 for bronze.[41] For the 2008 and 2010 games, the following tax-free prizes will be awarded to medal winners and their coaches (in United States dollars): $100,000 for gold, $50,000 for silver and $30,000 for bronze.[42]

See also

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