Luxembourg at the
Olympics
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IOC codeLUX
NOCLuxembourg Olympic and Sporting Committee
Websitewww.teamletzebuerg.lu (in French)
Medals
Ranked 91st
Gold
2
Silver
3
Bronze
0
Total
5
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

Luxembourg's National Olympic Committee, the Luxembourg Olympic and Sporting Committee, was founded in 1912 and sent its first team to the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

Only three athletes won medals competing for Luxembourg in the Summer Olympics: weightlifter Joseph Alzin, silver in 1920, and runner Josy Barthel, gold in 1952. In the late 20th-century, it was discovered that runner Michel Théato, whose medal was previously given to France, was actually Luxembourgish. Théato won the gold medal in the men's marathon.[1]

Luxembourg first competed at the Winter Olympic Games in 1928, and has taken part in a total of seven Winter Games. Thus, despite having been one of the earliest countries to take part, Luxembourg has competed in relatively few of the Games. In the seven Games, Luxembourg has won a total of two medals: both silver, and won by Marc Girardelli in 1992.

After Luxembourg's first appearance, in St. Moritz, and the country's second appearance, at the 1936 Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Luxembourg did not compete at the Olympics for another five decades. As a low-lying country, whose highest peak (the Kneiff) lies only 560 metres (1,837 ft) above sea level, Luxembourg had little pedigree in most Winter Olympic sports.

However, the naturalisation of Marc Girardelli, an Austrian-born alpine skier, saw Luxembourg return to the Games in 1988. In the following Winter Olympics, in 1992 in Albertville, Girardelli won Luxembourg's first two Winter Olympic medals, scooping silver in both the Giant Slalom and Super G.

Neither Girardelli, nor Luxembourg, has won another Winter medal since 1992, but the country's return to the Winter world stage has been maintained by the appearance of two ice skaters in subsequent Games: Patrick Schmit in 1998 and Fleur Maxwell in 2006.

Luxembourg qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics with two athletes but did not participate because one did not reach the criteria set by the NOC and the other was injured before the Games.

Medal tables

See also: All-time Olympic Games medal table

Medals by Summer Games

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
France 1900 Paris 1[1] 1 0 0 1
United States 1904 St. Louis did not participate
United Kingdom 1908 London
Sweden 1912 Stockholm 21 0 0 0 0
Belgium 1920 Antwerp 26 0 1 0 1 19
France 1924 Paris 51 0 0 0 0
Netherlands 1928 Amsterdam 49 0 0 0 0
United States 1932 Los Angeles did not participate
Germany 1936 Berlin 49 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 1948 London 47 0 0 0 0
Finland 1952 Helsinki 44 1 0 0 1 27
Australia 1956 Melbourne 11 0 0 0 0
Italy 1960 Rome 52 0 0 0 0
Japan 1964 Tokyo 12 0 0 0 0
Mexico 1968 Mexico City 5 0 0 0 0
West Germany 1972 Munich 11 0 0 0 0
Canada 1976 Montreal 8 0 0 0 0
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow 3 0 0 0 0
United States 1984 Los Angeles 5 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1988 Seoul 8 0 0 0 0
Spain 1992 Barcelona 6 0 0 0 0
United States 1996 Atlanta 6 0 0 0 0
Australia 2000 Sydney 4 0 0 0 0
Greece 2004 Athens 10 0 0 0 0
China 2008 Beijing 12 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 2012 London 9 0 0 0 0
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 10 0 0 0 0
Japan 2020 Tokyo 12 0 0 0 0
France 2024 Paris future event
United States 2028 Los Angeles
Australia 2032 Brisbane
Total 2 1 0 3 94

Medals by Winter Games

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Switzerland 1928 St. Moritz 5 0 0 0 0
United States 1932 Lake Placid did not participate
Germany 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 4 0 0 0 0
1948–1984 did not participate
Canada 1988 Calgary 1 0 0 0 0
France 1992 Albertville 1 0 2 0 2 16
Norway 1994 Lillehammer 1 0 0 0 0
Japan 1998 Nagano 1 0 0 0 0
United States 2002 Salt Lake City did not participate
Italy 2006 Turin 2 0 0 0 0
Canada 2010 Vancouver did not participate
Russia 2014 Sochi 1 0 0 0 0
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang 1 0 0 0 0
China 2022 Beijing 2 0 0 0 0 -
Italy 2026 Milan–Cortina future event
Total 0 2 0 2 44

Medals by summer sport

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics2002
Weightlifting0101
Totals (2 sports)2103

Medals by winter sport

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Alpine skiing0202
Totals (1 sports)0202

List of medalists

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Michel Théato France 1900 Paris Athletics Men's marathon
 Gold Josy Barthel Finland 1952 Helsinki Athletics Men's 1500m
 Silver Joseph Alzin Belgium 1920 Antwerp Weightlifting Men's Heavyweight
 Silver Marc Girardelli France 1992 Albertville Alpine skiing Men's super-G
 Silver Marc Girardelli France 1992 Albertville Alpine skiing Men's giant slalom

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "60th anniversary for only Luxembourg Olympic gold medal win". Archived from the original on 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-07-11.