Legend to the abbreviations in the Basketball tables: T = Tournaments participated in GP = Games played W = Games won L = Games lost PF = Game points for (i.e. points scored) PA = Game points against (points conceded) PD = Point difference P = Points (2 for a win and 1 for a loss) % = Winning percentage PFPG = Points for per game PAPG = Points against per game.

The Olympic champions 1936. The United States. (Source: http://www.sportscollectorsdigest.com/1936-basketball-olympic-gold-medal-offered-by-scp-auctions/)

Basketball became a member of the Olympic family in 1936, but it had been a demonstration sport as early as 1904 in St Louis. The amateur tournament – there were four separate basketball tournaments held – was won by Buffalo German YMCA. 32 years later the Americans won the gold after having beaten Canada in the final 19-8. Nowadays, 19-8 may be a score after the 1st quarter in a college game, but the teams can perhaps be excused by the fact that the final – as the whole tournament – was played outdoors. And to make matters worse, the skies of Berlin really opened that day! The rain was pouring down, leaving the players soaked. USA have won all the Olympic gold medals for men except for 1972 (the (in)famous game vs. USSR), 1980 (the boycott) and 1988 (when they “only” managed a bronze).

Men Alltime Table Olympic Games 1936-2021
RANKTEAMTGPWLPFPAPDP%PFPGPAPG
1United States191481426134259208421729095,95 %90,762,2
2Soviet Union1082661668055577122814880,49 %83,068,0
3Yugoslavia118763247171641875315072,41 %82,473,8
4Slovenia1642605535701066,67 %100,889,2
5Lithuania7523220439241822108461,54 %84,580,4
6Italy129455396630637325714958,51 %70,567,8
7Brazil1511164478480801047017557,66 %76,472,2
8Croatia428161222882225634457,14 %81,779,5
9Argentina8563224432341761478857,14 %77,274,6
10Spain139855437978781016815356,12 %81,479,7
11France106636304661444221910254,55 %70,667,3
12Greece424131118411778633754,17 %76,774,1
13Mexico7502723307129431287754,00 %61,458,9
14Canada96635314632445517710153,03 %70,267,5
15Australia151115754896088976316851,35 %80,780,2
16Uruguay755282733973573-1768350,91 %61,865,0
17Serbia1844667627401250,00 %83,478,4
18Russia320101015301482483050,00 %76,574,1
19Hungary428141415961652-564250,00 %57,059,0
20Cuba6452223325430661886748,89 %72,368,1
21Czechoslovakia7452223299528651306748,89 %66,663,7
22Philippines752252731663458-2927748,08 %60,966,5
23Peru319910973949242847,37 %51,249,9
24Puerto Rico972343854805579-9910647,22 %76,177,5
25Chile426121414001388123846,15 %53,853,4
26Poland648222632533328-757045,83 %67,869,3
27Bulgaria435161919552008-535145,71 %55,957,4
28Sweden173451150471042,86 %73,072,0
29Belgium31257504463411741,67 %42,038,6
30Latvia13126679-13433,33 %22,026,3
31Estonia131284120-36433,33 %28,040,0
32Czech Republic1312245294-49433,33 %81,798,0
33Finland21248674779-1051633,33 %56,264,9
34China1278235553116360-104910129,49 %68,181,5
35Central African Republic1725490582-92928,57 %70,083,1
36Singapore1725446551-105928,57 %63,778,7
37Japan746133328463526-6805928,26 %61,976,7
38Germany637102725452877-3324727,03 %68,877,8
39Switzerland21239375508-1331525,00 %31,342,3
40Venezuela212398881063-1751525,00 %74,088,6
41Panama1927739798-591122,22 %82,188,7
42South Korea64783931293686-5575517,02 %66,678,4
43Iran1615197366-169716,67 %32,861,0
44New Zealand212210856987-1311416,67 %71,382,3
45Nigeria3132119581160-2021515,38 %73,789,2
46Great Britain213211572828-2561515,38 %44,063,7
47Egypt74764121702975-8055312,77 %46,263,3
48Senegal32532214351929-4942812,00 %57,477,2
49Angola53132819912518-527349,68 %64,281,2
50Israel120299111-1220,00 %49,555,5
51Romania120290125-3520,00 %45,062,5
52Turkey2404121176-5540,00 %30,344,0
53Tunisia1505320411-9150,00 %64,082,2
54Ireland1606103382-27960,00 %17,263,7
55Iraq1606141622-48160,00 %23,5103,7
56Thailand1707320501-18170,00 %45,771,6
57India1707458797-33970,00 %65,4113,9
58Iran2808529747-21880,00 %66,193,4
59Morocco1909450762-31290,00 %50,084,7
Women Alltime Table Olympic Games 1976-2021
RANKTEAMTGPWLPFPAPDP%PFPGPAPG
1United States117572368144843197114796,00 %90,964,6
2Soviet Union421183192414394853985,71 %91,668,5
3Australia96041194393391547810168,33 %73,265,3
4France429191020361969674865,52 %70,267,9
5Russia5392514282226142086464,10 %72,467,0
6Spain530191121422086564963,33 %71,469,5
7Bulgaria31610612781279-12662,50 %79,979,9
8Turkey21275792771211958,33 %66,064,3
9Belgium142231928237650,00 %79,870,5
10Ukraine1844529555-261250,00 %66,169,4
11Serbia2147710011062-612150,00 %71,575,9
12Yugoslavia3168810431120-772450,00 %65,270,0
13China952252737633899-1367748,08 %72,475,0
14Brazil744192532753200756343,18 %74,472,7
15Slovakia1734401407-61042,86 %57,358,1
16Poland1734432479-471042,86 %61,768,4
17Greece1734512577-651042,86 %73,182,4
18Czech Republic31981113421351-92742,11 %70,671,1
19Japan531131824002593-1934441,94 %77,483,6
20Cuba42491517071885-1783337,50 %71,178,5
21South Korea741152628113033-2225636,59 %68,674,0
22Hungary1624409475-66833,33 %68,279,2
23Canada739112824942784-2905028,21 %63,971,4
24Belarus21138733770-371427,27 %66,670,0
25New Zealand31841411161522-4062222,22 %62,084,6
26Latvia1514334387-53620,00 %66,877,4
27Croatia1514324379-55620,00 %64,875,8
28Czechoslovakia31531210051104-991820,00 %67,073,6
29Italy31831511801381-2012116,67 %65,676,7
30Nigeria2918620756-1361011,11 %68,984,0
31Puerto Rico1303176280-10430,00 %58,793,3
32Great Britain1505327372-4550,00 %65,474,4
33Mali1505255402-14750,00 %51,080,4
34Angola1505243395-15250,00 %48,679,0
35DR Congo1707400626-22670,00 %57,189,4
36Senegal211011577937-360110,00 %52,585,2
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