History of Belarusian Olympic victories


History of Belarusian Olympic victories

"Faster. Higher. Stronger". On March 22, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus marked its 25th anniversary. The Belarus President has also sent his congratulations on this occasion. Alexander Lukashenko wished Olympians will to win to the glory of Belarusian sport. This year, fans count on the successful performance of Belarusian athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio.

The name Antonina Koshel is now in golden history of Belarusian gymnastics. A native of Belarus' Smolevichi, she became famous all over the world in 1972. At the 20th Olympic Games in Munich, she, then being a member of the USSR national team, won the title of Olympic champion.

Antonina Koshel, Olympic champion (1972):
The moment when the team are on the podium, the anthem, medals... Three girls from the USSR team were from Belarus. And we were on the podium!

Exactly 25 years ago, the National Olympic Committee was founded in Belarus. In September 1993, the NOC was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Over a quarter century, under the auspices of the Olympic movement, the Belarusian national team took part in 11 Olympic Games. During this time Belarusian athletes won 91 Olympic medals. Among them are 18 of the highest standard.

Georgy Katulin, counselor of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
I think the main achievement is that the National Olympic Committee has declared about itself in the international Olympic movement. Concrete people stand behind every achievement. These are 20 Olympic champions.

1994. Norwegian Lillehammer. The first performance of the sovereign Belarusian team. Two years later, in USA's Atlanta, Ekaterina Karsten won the first Olympic gold for Belarus. 

In 2004, there was another triumph in the history of Belarusian sport. Yuliya Nesterenko won the women's 100m in Athens.

The Belarusian athletes set a gold medal record at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Biathlete Darya Domracheva triumphed three times, joined by the freestyle skiers Alla Tsuper and Anton Kushnir, who also bagged golds. Bronze went to Nadezhda Skardino, one of the best snipers in our biathlon team.

Today athletes are gearing up for Rio de Janeiro. Artem Kozyr was one of the first athletes to win the 2016 Olympic license. He won the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. Now the athlete is getting ready for the most important even of his career.

Artem Kozyr, the world champion in rowing and canoeing:
For me, the Olympic Games is the main goal of my life.When I was little, I wanted to go to the Olympics. Now I dream to win it.

It is not the first year, Belarus has been among the world's best sporting nations.  The main objective of the athletes of today is to once again prove that they really are "faster, higher, stronger." Competitions for Olympics licenses are now underway. Ahead is the final stretch of training.  The Rio de Janeiro Olympics will begin in only 134 days.