Great Britain at the Olympics

Great Britain At The Olympics

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Great Britain at the Olympics

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Great Britain is the name under which the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland competes at the Olympic Games. Great Britain was one of 14 teams to compete in the first Games, the 1896 Summer Olympics, and has competed at every Games. Athletes representing Great Britain have won 715<!--as of the end of the 2008 Games--> medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 22 at the Winter Olympic Games. Great Britain is the only team to have won at least one gold medal at every Summer Games.

Great Britain was the name assigned to the United Kingdom team by the International Olympic Committee for the 1908 Summer Olympics along with the IOC country code GBR. The team is also referred to as Team GB. Representatives of the devolved Northern Ireland government, however, have objected to the name, which they argue creates a perception that Northern Ireland is not part of the British Olympic team, and have called for the team to be renamed as Team UK.

<!-- The wording of the following paragraph is discussed on the talk page. Please obtain concensus before changing it -->Under the terms of a long-standing settlement between the British Olympic Association and the Olympic Council of Ireland, athletes from Northern Ireland can...
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