Summer Olympic AUS Team Trivia

Australia and Greece are the only two nations to have participated at every Summer Olympic Games of the modern era.


There has been over 3,000 Australian summer Olympians dating back to Edwin Flack at Athens in 1896.


The Rio Games marked 120 years of Australians excelling at the Olympic Games wearing the green and gold.


Australia has won a sensational 512 summer Olympic medals - 150 gold, 170 silver, 192 bronze


Medals have been won in 25 Olympic disciplines with swimming being the outstanding sport. The 190 swimming medals (62 gold, 70 silver, 68 bronze) is miles ahead of athletics as the next best sport with 73 (21G, 26S, 26B) medals. Cycling is next (51), then Rowing (40) and Sailing (27) round out the top 5.

See below for more trivia related to Australia at the Summer Games

Most Games

  • Andrew Hoy (Equestrian) 7 (Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, London 2012). NB Hoy was selected for Moscow 1980 but Equestrian section boycotted.
  • Sailor Colin Beashel (1984 – 2004) and shooter Michael Diamond (1992 – 2012) have both represented at six Games. 
  • Following Rio, Natalie Cook (Beach Volleyball) is now joined by Mary Hanna (equestrian) and Jian Fang Lay (table tennis) as the only five-time female Australian Olympians. 

Cook

Most Medals

  • Ian Thorpe (Swimming)
    9 (5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Leisel Jones (Swimming)
    9 (3 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze)

Most Gold

  • Ian Thorpe (Swimming) - 5 (3 x Sydney 2000, 2 x Athens 2004)

Thorpe

Most Gold Medals at a Games

  • Betty Cuthbert (Athletics) - 3 (Melbourne 1956) 
  • Murray Rose (Swimming) - 3 (Melbourne 1956)
  • Shane Gould (Swimming) - 3 (Munich 1972) 
  • Ian Thorpe (Swimming) - 3 (Sydney 2000)
  • Jodie Henry (Swimming) - 3 (Athens 2004)
  • Petria Thomas (Swimming) - 3 (Athens 2004) 
  • Stephanie Rice (Swimming) - 3 (Beijing 2008)

Most Medals at a Games 

  • Shane Gould (Swimming) - 5 (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) - Munich 1972 
  • Ian Thorpe (Swimming) - 5 (3 gold, 2 silver) - Sydney 2000 
  • Alicia Coutts (Swimming) - 5 (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) - London 2012

Three Gold Medals in the Same Event 

  • Dawn Fraser (Swimming – 100m Freestyle) – Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964
  • Rechelle Hawkes (Women’s Hockey) – Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000
  • Andrew Hoy (Equestrian – 3 Day Event) – Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000

Olympic Champions – Oldest and Youngest

  • Bill Northam (Yachting - 5.5 Class) - 59 years 26 days (Tokyo 1964) 
  • Sandra Morgan (Swimming - 4x100m Freestyle) - 14 years 6 months (Melbourne 1956)

Rio venue map

First Male Summer Olympian

  • Edwin Flack (Athletics and Tennis) - 1896 Athens

First Female Summer Olympians

  • Sarah 'Fanny' Durack (Swimming) - Stockholm 1912 
  • Wilhelmina Wylie (Swimming) - Stockholm 1912

First Medallists – Male and Female

  • Edwin Flack (Athletics) – 2 gold (800m, 1500m) & 1 bronze (Tennis Doubles) - Athens 1896
  • Sarah 'Fanny' Durack (Swimming) – 1 gold (100m Freestyle) - Stockholm 1912

Australia’s Best Medal Tally (Home)

  • Sydney 2000 - 58 Olympic medals (16 gold, 25 silver, 17 bronze)

Gaze

Australia's Best Medal Tally (Away)

  • Athens 2004 - 49 Olympic medals (17 gold, 16 silver, 16 bronze)

Athletes Who Have Competed In Two or More Sports At The Games (13)

  • Edwin Flack - Athletics 1896, Tennis 1896 *
  • Reginald “Snowy” Baker - Diving 1908, Boxing 1908, Swimming 1908 *
  • Sydney Middleton - Rugby 1908, Rowing 1912 
  • Lily Beaurepaire - Diving 1920, Swimming 1920 *
  • Harry Morris - Diving 1928, Wrestling 1928 *
  • Neville Sayers - Modern Pentathlon 1956, 1960, Shooting 1960 *
  • Duncan Page - Fencing 1964, Modern Pentathlon 1964, 1968 *
  • Peter Macken - Fencing 1968, Modern Pentathlon 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976*
  • Donna Kite - Athletics 1984, Cycling Road 1988 
  • Paul Narracott - Athletics 1984, Bobsleigh 1992 
  • Fiona Hannan - Basketball 1996, Handball 2000 
  • Nova Peris - Hockey 1996, Athletics 2000 
  • Alexandra Croak - Gymnastics 2000, Diving 2008
  • Jana Pittman - Athletics 2000 & 2004, Bobsleigh 2014
    *Athletes in Two Sports at Same Games (6)

Peris

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