first participated at the Olympic Games
in 1924. After the nation was occupied by the Soviet Union
in 1940, Latvian athletes competed for the Soviet Union at the Olympics
between 1952 and 1988. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and independence of Latvia in 1991, the nation returned to the Olympic Games in 1992 and has competed at every Games since then.
Latvian athletes have won a total of seventeen medals at the Summer Olympic Games
and three medals at the Winter Olympic Games
. They have won a remarkably high proportion of silver medals
, with two gold medals
. These totals do not include medals won by Latvian athletes while competing for the Soviet Union.
The National Olympic Committee
for Latvia was first created in 1922. The current NOC is the Latvian Olympic Committee
, which was recognized by the International Olympic Committee
At the 2010 Winter Olympics
, Haralds Silovs
became the first athlete in Olympic history to participate in both short track
(1500m) and long track
(5000m) speed skating, and the first to compete in two different disciplines on the same day. CTV Olympics, , Agence France Press
, 14 February 2010
. Retrieved 18 February 2010. New York Times, , Associated Press
, 30 January 2010
. Retrieved 18 February 2010.