New Zealand first participated at the Olympic Games in 1908, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then. For their first two Games in 1908 and 1912, New Zealand competed with Australia in a combined Australasia team. New Zealand first sent an independent team in 1920.
New Zealand's participation in the 1976 Games was controversial, and led to a boycott of the Games by 24 African countries, who protested against sporting contacts between the All Blacks and apartheid South Africa.
Filbert Bayi from Tanzania was one important athlete not to go, he held the world record in the 1500m, which John Walker from New Zealand won gold.
New Zealand athletes have won a total of 86 medals at the Summer Games, mostly in athletics (track and field).
New Zealand has only won a single medal at the Winter Games, but the silver medal won by Annelise Coberger in alpine skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics was the first medal won at the Winter Games by a Southern Hemisphere nation.
Medals by Summer Games
|1908 London||as part of Australasia (ANZ)|
|1912 Stockholm||as part of Australasia (ANZ)|
|1932 Los Angeles||0||1||0||1|
|1968 Mexico City||1||0||2||3|
|1984 Los Angeles||8||1||2||11|
The total (NZ) does not include the medals won by New Zealanders as part of the combined Australasia team (ANZ) at the 1908 Summer Olympics and 1912 Summer Olympics:
- bronze medal won by Harry Kerr in Men's 3500 metre walk in athletics (1908)
- gold medal won by Malcolm Champion as a member of the 4×200 metre freestyle team in swimming (1912)
- bronze medal won by Tony Wilding in indoor singles in tennis (1912)
Medals by Winter Games
|1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo||did not participate|
|1960 Squaw Valley||0||0||0||0|
|1964 Innsbruck||did not participate|
|1980 Lake Placid||0||0||0||0|
|2002 Salt Lake City||0||0||0||0|
Medals by Sport
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