Australia at the Olympics

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Australia at the Olympics is a history which includes 45 games in 22 countries and 3,000+ athletes.[1] Since 1895, Australia has contributed to the growth of the "Olympic Movement". [2]

The International Olympic Committee's official abbreviation for Australia is AUS.[3]

History[change | change source]

The Australia National Olympic Committee was formed in 1895. It was recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1895.[4]

Afghanistan's team first competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1]

Australia has sent athletes to almost all of the modern Olympic Games. Australia has competed in every Summer Olympic Games, and most Winter Olympic Games.

In 1908 and 1912, Australia competed with New Zealand under the name Australasia.[5]

Host country[change | change source]

Cairns in Queensland was the beginning of the 1956 Olympic torch relay

Australia has hosted the Olympics twice:

The 1956 Summer Olympics were at Melbourne in Victoria.[6]

The 2000 Summer Olympics were at Sydney in New South Wales.[7]

Medal tables[change | change source]

Medals by Summer Games[change | change source]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1896 Athens 1 2 0 0 2 8
1900 Paris 3 2 0 3 5 9
1904 St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0
1908 London as part of Australasia
1912 Stockholm
1920 Antwerp 13 0 2 1 3 16
1924 Paris 37 3 1 2 6 11
1928 Amsterdam 18 1 2 1 4 19
1932 Los Angeles 12 3 1 1 5 10
1936 Berlin 33 0 0 1 1 30
1948 London 77 2 6 5 13 14
1952 Helsinki 85 6 2 3 11 9
1956 Melbourne (host nation) 314 13 8 14 35 3
1960 Rome 188 8 8 6 22 5
1964 Tokyo 234 6 2 10 18 8
1968 Mexico City 175 5 7 5 17 9
1972 Munich 173 8 7 2 17 6
1976 Montreal 184 0 1 4 5 32
1980 Moscow 123 2 2 5 9 15
1984 Los Angeles 240 4 8 12 24 14
1988 Seoul 270 3 6 5 14 15
1992 Barcelona 290 7 9 11 27 10
1996 Atlanta 424 9 9 23 41 7
2000 Sydney (host nation) 630 16 25 17 58 4
2004 Athens 482 17 16 17 50 4
2008 Beijing 433 14 15 17 46 6
2012 London 410 7 16 12 35 10
Total 138 153 177 468 11

Medals by Winter Games[change | change source]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1 0 0 0 0
1948 St. Moritz did not participate
1952 Oslo 9 0 0 0 0
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 10 0 0 0 0
1960 Squaw Valley 31 0 0 0 0
1964 Innsbruck 6 0 0 0 0
1968 Grenoble 3 0 0 0 0
1972 Sapporo 4 0 0 0 0
1976 Innsbruck 8 0 0 0 0
1980 Lake Placid 10 0 0 0 0
1984 Sarajevo 10 0 0 0 0
1988 Calgary 18 0 0 0 0
1992 Albertville 23 0 0 0 0
1994 Lillehammer 25 0 0 1 1 22
1998 Nagano 24 0 0 1 1 22
2002 Salt Lake City 27 2 0 0 2 15
2006 Turin 40 1 0 1 2 17
2010 Vancouver 40 2 1 0 3 13
Total 5 1 3 9 21

Medals by sport (both Summer and Winter)[change | change source]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Swimming 57 60 61 178
Athletics 20 26 25 71
Cycling 14 18 8 40
Rowing 10 13 14 37
Sailing 10 5 8 23
Equestrian 6 3 2 11
Field hockey 4 3 1 8
Shooting 4 1 5 10
Canoeing 3 8 11 22
Freestyle skiing 3 1 1 5
Triathlon 1 2 2 5
Tennis 1 1 3 5
Weightlifting 1 1 2 4
Taekwondo 1 1 0 2
Archery 1 0 1 2
Short track speed skating 1 0 1 2
Water polo 1 0 2 3
Volleyball 1 0 1 2
Snowboarding 1 0 0 1
Basketball 0 3 2 5
Boxing 0 1 3 4
Softball 0 1 3 4
Wrestling 0 1 2 3
Gymnastics 0 1 0 1
Baseball 0 1 0 1
Judo 0 0 2 2
Alpine skiing 0 0 1 1
Total 143 154 179 477

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 SportsReference.com (SR/Olympics), "Australia"; retrieved 2012-7-29.
  2. Olympics.org, "Factsheet: The Olympic Movement"; retrieved 2012-7-29.
  3. "Official abbreviations" at The Games of the XVIII Olympiad, Tokyo, 1964, [p. 9 of 409 PDF]; retrieved 2012-8-16.
  4. Australia; retrieved 2012-7-29.
  5. SR/Olympics, "Australasia"; retrieved 2012-7-29.
  6. SR/Olympics, "1956 Melbourne Summer Games"; retrieved 2012-7-29.
  7. SR/Olympics, "1956 Sydney Summer Games"; retrieved 2012-7-29.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to 1956 Summer Olympics at Wikimedia Commons Media related to 2000 Summer Olympics at Wikimedia Commons