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 Alltimetable Olympic Games 1936-2016

RANK TEAM T GP W L PF PA PD P % PFPG PAPG
1 United States 18 142 137 5 12831 8734 4097 279 96,48% 90,4 61,5
2 Soviet Union 10 82 66 16 6805 5577 1228 148 80,49% 83,0 68,0
3 Yugoslavia 11 87 63 24 7171 6418 753 150 72,41% 82,4 73,8
4 Lithuania 7 52 32 20 4392 4182 210 84 61,54% 84,5 80,4
5 Argentina 7 52 31 21 3996 3803 193 83 59,62% 76,8 73,2
6 Italy 11 90 53 37 6300 6048 252 143 58,89% 70,0 67,2
7 Brazil 15 111 64 47 8480 8010 470 175 57,66% 76,4 72,2
8 Croatia 4 28 16 12 2288 2225 63 44 57,14% 81,7 79,5
9 Spain 12 94 53 41 7641 7472 169 147 56,38% 81,3 79,5
10 Greece 4 24 13 11 1841 1778 63 37 54,17% 76,7 74,1
11 Mexico 7 50 27 23 3071 2943 128 77 54,00% 61,4 58,9
12 Canada 9 66 35 31 4632 4455 177 101 53,03% 70,2 67,5
13 France 9 60 31 29 4146 3976 170 91 51,67% 69,1 66,3
14 Uruguay 7 55 28 27 3397 3573 -176 83 50,91% 61,8 65,0
15 Russia 3 20 10 10 1530 1482 48 30 50,00% 76,5 74,1
16 Serbia 1 8 4 4 667 627 40 12 50,00% 83,4 78,4
17 Hungary 4 28 14 14 1596 1652 -56 42 50,00% 57,0 59,0
18 Australia 14 105 52 53 8417 8424 -7 157 49,52% 80,2 80,2
19 Cuba 6 45 22 23 3254 3066 188 67 48,89% 72,3 68,1
20 Czechoslovakia 7 45 22 23 2995 2865 130 67 48,89% 66,6 63,7
21 Philippines 7 52 25 27 3166 3458 -292 77 48,08% 60,9 66,5
22 Peru 3 19 9 10 973 949 24 28 47,37% 51,2 49,9
23 Puerto Rico 9 72 34 38 5480 5579 -99 106 47,22% 76,1 77,5
24 Chile 4 26 12 14 1400 1388 12 38 46,15% 53,8 53,4
25 Poland 6 48 22 26 3253 3328 -75 70 45,83% 67,8 69,3
26 Bulgaria 4 35 16 19 1955 2008 -53 51 45,71% 55,9 57,4
27 Sweden 1 7 3 4 511 504 7 10 42,86% 73,0 72,0
28 Belgium 3 12 5 7 504 463 41 17 41,67% 42,0 38,6
29 Latvia 1 3 1 2 66 79 -13 4 33,33% 22,0 26,3
30 Estonia 1 3 1 2 84 120 -36 4 33,33% 28,0 40,0
31 Finland 2 12 4 8 674 779 -105 16 33,33% 56,2 64,9
32 Japan 6 43 13 30 2611 3225 -614 56 30,23% 60,7 75,0
33 China 12 78 23 55 5311 6360 -1049 101 29,49% 68,1 81,5
34 Central African Republic 1 7 2 5 490 582 -92 9 28,57% 70,0 83,1
35 Singapore 1 7 2 5 446 551 -105 9 28,57% 63,7 78,7
36 Germany 5 33 9 24 2218 2510 -292 42 27,27% 67,2 76,1
37 Switzerland 2 12 3 9 375 508 -133 15 25,00% 31,3 42,3
38 Venezuela 2 12 3 9 888 1063 -175 15 25,00% 74,0 88,6
39 Panama 1 9 2 7 739 798 -59 11 22,22% 82,1 88,7
40 Nigeria 2 10 2 8 730 897 -167 12 20,00% 73,0 89,7
41 South Korea 6 47 8 39 3129 3686 -557 55 17,02% 66,6 78,4
42 New Zealand 2 12 2 10 856 987 -131 14 16,67% 71,3 82,3
43 Iran 1 6 1 5 197 366 -169 7 16,67% 32,8 61,0
44 Great Britain 2 13 2 11 572 828 -256 15 15,38% 44,0 63,7
45 Egypt 7 47 6 41 2170 2975 -805 53 12,77% 46,2 63,3
46 Senegal 3 25 3 22 1435 1929 -494 28 12,00% 57,4 77,2
47 Angola 5 31 3 28 1991 2518 -527 34 9,68% 64,2 81,2
48 Israel 1 2 0 2 99 111 -12 2 0,00% 49,5 55,5
49 Romania 1 2 0 2 90 125 -35 2 0,00% 45,0 62,5
50 Turkey 2 4 0 4 121 176 -55 4 0,00% 30,3 44,0
51 Tunisia 1 5 0 5 320 411 -91 5 0,00% 64,0 82,2
52 Iran 1 5 0 5 323 464 -141 5 0,00% 64,6 92,8
53 Thailand 1 7 0 7 320 501 -181 7 0,00% 45,7 71,6
54 Ireland 1 6 0 6 103 382 -279 6 0,00% 17,2 63,7
55 Morocco 1 9 0 9 450 762 -312 9 0,00% 50,0 84,7
56 India 1 7 0 7 458 797 -339 7 0,00% 65,4 113,9
57 Iraq 1 6 0 6 141 622 -481 6 0,00% 23,5 103,7

Women Alltimetable Olympic Games 1976-2016

RANK TEAM T GP W L PF PA PD P % PFPG PAPG
1 United States 10 69 66 3 6306 4431 1875 135 95,65% 91,4 64,2
2 Soviet Union 4 21 18 3 1924 1439 485 39 85,71% 91,6 68,5
3 Australia 8 56 40 16 4098 3606 492 96 71,43% 73,2 64,4
4 France 3 23 16 7 1568 1513 55 39 69,57% 68,2 65,8
5 Russia 5 39 25 14 2822 2614 208 64 64,10% 72,4 67,0
6 Bulgaria 3 16 10 6 1278 1279 -1 26 62,50% 79,9 79,9
7 Spain 4 26 16 10 1844 1814 30 42 61,54% 70,9 69,8
8 Turkey 2 12 7 5 792 771 21 19 58,33% 66,0 64,3
9 Serbia 1 8 4 4 582 608 -26 12 50,00% 72,8 76,0
10 Ukraine 1 8 4 4 529 555 -26 12 50,00% 66,1 69,4
11 Yugoslavia 3 16 8 8 1043 1120 -77 24 50,00% 65,2 70,0
12 China 8 48 22 26 3446 3631 -185 70 45,83% 71,8 75,6
13 Brazil 7 44 19 25 3275 3200 75 63 43,18% 74,4 72,7
14 Slovakia 1 7 3 4 401 407 -6 10 42,86% 57,3 58,1
15 Poland 1 7 3 4 432 479 -47 10 42,86% 61,7 68,4
16 Greece 1 7 3 4 512 577 -65 10 42,86% 73,1 82,4
17 Czech Republic 3 19 8 11 1342 1351 -9 27 42,11% 70,6 71,1
18 South Korea 6 38 15 23 2628 2821 -193 53 39,47% 69,2 74,2
19 Cuba 4 24 9 15 1707 1885 -178 33 37,50% 71,1 78,5
20 Japan 4 25 9 16 1907 2108 -201 34 36,00% 76,3 84,3
21 Hungary 1 6 2 4 409 475 -66 8 33,33% 68,2 79,2
22 Canada 6 36 10 26 2286 2583 -297 46 27,78% 63,5 71,8
23 Belarus 2 11 3 8 733 770 -37 14 27,27% 66,6 70,0
24 New Zealand 3 18 4 14 1116 1522 -406 22 22,22% 62,0 84,6
25 Latvia 1 5 1 4 334 387 -53 6 20,00% 66,8 77,4
26 Croatia 1 5 1 4 324 379 -55 6 20,00% 64,8 75,8
27 Czechoslovakia 3 15 3 12 1005 1104 -99 18 20,00% 67,0 73,6
28 Nigeria 1 6 1 5 403 486 -83 7 16,67% 67,2 81,0
29 Italy 3 18 3 15 1180 1381 -201 21 16,67% 65,6 76,7
30 Great Britain 1 5 0 5 327 372 -45 5 0,00% 65,4 74,4
31 Mali 1 5 0 5 255 402 -147 5 0,00% 51,0 80,4
32 Angola 1 5 0 5 243 395 -152 5 0,00% 48,6 79,0
33 DR Congo 1 7 0 7 400 626 -226 7 0,00% 57,1 89,4
34 Senegal 2 11 0 11 577 937 -360 11 0,00% 52,5 85,2