About the Games
A total of 9356 athletes from 169 countries participated in Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics and competed in 257 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 64 teams) by: 1. The Unified Team – 112 (45, 38, 29), 2. USA – 108 (37, 34, 37), 3. Germany – 82 (33, 21, 28), … 34-36. Lithuania, Estonia, Algeria – 2 (1, 0, 1).
Lithuania in the Games
After the IOC’s quota reallocations and completed selection procedures, 47 athletes represented Lithuania in Barcelona and competed in men’s basketball, track and field athletics, swimming, cycling (road and track), modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, boxing, judo, wrestling, and canoeing events.
The first victories of the young country were gold medal won by discus thrower Romas Ubartas and bronze won by the men’s basketball team. The basketball team consisted of Sergejus Jovaiša, Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Valdemaras Chomičius, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Romanas Brazdauskis, Gintaras Einikis, Darius Dimavičius, Gintaras Krapikas, Alvydas Pazdrazdis, Arūnas Visockas, and Artūras Karnišovas and was coached by Vladas Garastas.
Before leaving for Barcelona, the Lithuanian basketball team had to overcome the barrier of selection competitions. They won all the 11 games played. During the Olympic Games our team beat the Unified team with the score of 82:78 and won bronze.
Among top 8 also were boxers Vitalijus Karpačiausias and Gitas Juškevičius both of whom placed 5th.
Nijolė Medvedeva was 4th in the long jump event. However, her sample tested positive for prohibited substances, resulting in the athlete’s disqualification for doping for 4 years.
During the opening ceremony, the Lithuanian national flag was carried by Seoul Summer Olympics vice champion swimmer Raimundas Mažuolis.
Due to global political change this Olympiad was unaffected by boycotts for the first time since the 1972 Olympic Games. South Africa rejoined the Olympic family following a 32-year ban for its its apartheid policy, and Germany sent a unified team for the first time since 1964 Summer Olympics.
Baseball, badminton and women’s judo officially became part of the Olympic program. Slalom canoeing returned to the Games after a 20-year absence.
11-year-old Carlos Front, Spain’s coxswain in the eights, became the youngest Olympic competitor since 1900.
For the first time men’s basketball officially became open to all professionals and the US assembled a legendary “Dream Team” of the best NBA superstars. This team dominated the event and assuredly won gold.
Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games
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