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Basketball Medals in the Olympic Games

Basketball was introduced as an olympic sport in Berlin 1936. From the beginning it was dominated by the USA National Team, that won the first seven golden medals. NBA players weren't allow to participate in the Olympic Games until 1992 when Barcelona was the witness of the best group of players ever to play in the same team, the original and incomparable "Dream Team" of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and the list goes on. USA has won 14 of a total 18 golden medals.

Year by year - Summary of winners

Year by year Basketball Olympic Medallists

Olympic Games


Golden Medal


Silver Medal


Bronze Medal

Berlin 1936

United States

Canada

Mexico

London 1948

United States

France

Brazil

Helsinki 1952

United States

Soviet Union

Uruguay

Melbourne 1956

United States

Soviet Union

Uruguay

Rome 1960

United States

Soviet Union

Brazil

Tokyo 1964

United States

Soviet Union

Brazil

Mexico 1968

United States

Yugoslavia

Soviet Union

Munich 1972

Soviet Union

United States

Cuba

Montreal 1976

United States

Yugoslavia

Soviet Union

Moscow 1980

Yugoslavia

Italy

Soviet Union

Los Angeles 1984

United States

Spain

Yugoslavia

Seoul 1988

Soviet Union

Yugoslavia

United States

Barcelona 1992

United States

Croatia

Lithuania

Atlanta 1996

United States

Yugoslavia

Lithuania

Sydney 2000

United States

France

Lithuania

Athens 2004

Argentina

Italy

United States

Beijing 2008 United States Spain Argentina
London 2012 United States Spain Russia

Summary of Basketball Olympic Winners

Basketball Olympic Medals Summary
National Team Golden Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals Total Medals

USA
Golden Medal 14
1936 - 1948 - 1952
1956 - 1960 - 1964
1968 - 1976 - 1984
1992 - 1996 - 2000
2008 - 2012
Silver Medal 1
1972
Bronze Medal 2
1988 - 2004

17

Soviet Union
Golden Medal 2
1972 - 1988
Silver Medal 4
1952 - 1956 - 1960
1964
Bronze Medal 3
1968 - 1976 - 1980

9

SFR Yugoslavia
(BIH, CRO, MK,
SLO, YU)
Golden Medal 1
1980
Silver Medal 3
1968 - 1976 - 1988
Bronze Medal 1
1984

5

Argentina
Golden Medal 1
2004
- Bronze Medal 1
2008

2

Spain
- Silver Medal 3
1984 - 2008 - 2012
- 3

France
- Silver Medal 2
1948 - 2000
-
2

Italy
- Silver Medal 2
1980 - 2004
- 2

Canada
- Silver Medal 1
1936
- 1

Croatia
- Silver Medal 1
1992
- 1

Yugoslavia
- Silver Medal 1
1996
- 1

Lithuania
- - Bronze Medal 4
1992 1996 2000
2004
4

Brazil
- - Bronze Medal 3
1948 1960 1964
3

Uruguay
- - Bronze Medal 2
1952 1956
2

Mexico
- - Bronze Medal 1
1936
1

Cuba
- - Bronze Medal 1
1972
1
Russia -   Bronze Medal 1
2012
1

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