USA Basketball at the Olympic Games - Summary

This page includes basic information about the United States National Team performances at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Here you have the basic information about the USA Basketball team performances at the Summer Olympic Games since Berlin 1936, the first edition of the Olympics where the sport of basketball was included.

United States Basketball was always one of the top 3 teams in the Olympics with the only exception of Moscow 1980 where USA, Argentina, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico all qualified for the Olympics, but chose to not participate in the Games in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

USA Basketball won 12 of 16 possible Gold Medals with its brightest point in Barcelona 1992 where the original "Dream Team", the first with NBA players, averaged an Olympic record of 117.3 points a game and won the competition by an average of 43.8 points. It is considered the best basketball squad ever with an endless list of glories of the sport like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley among others. The closest any opponent could come was 32 points.

Despite the dominance of the United States through history, a team of NBA players was shocked by a loss against Argentina (led by Spurs star Manu Ginobili) 89-81 in the semifinals of Athens 2004. As a result, USA basketball started a program led by coach Mike Krzyzewski to have team with a really committed group of players for the 2008 Olympic Games. The result was a new mentality (with knowledge of their international rivals and respect for them) that took them back to the top in Beijing.

USA Basketball at the Olympic Games - Summary

Olympic Games


Golden Medal


Silver Medal


Bronze Medal

London 2012 USA Spain Russia
Beijing 2008 USA Spain Argentina
Athens 2004 Argentina Italy USA
Sydney 2000 USA France Lithuania
Atlanta 1996 USA Yugoslavia Lithuania
Barcelona 1992 USA Croatia Lithuania
Seoul 1988 Soviet Union Yugoslavia USA
Los Angeles 1984 USA Spain Yugoslavia
Moscow 1980 Yugoslavia Italy Soviet Union
Montreal 1976 USA Yugoslavia Soviet Union
Munich 1972 Soviet Union USA Cuba
Mexico 1968 USA Yugoslavia Soviet Union
Tokyo 1964 USA Soviet Union Brazil
Rome 1960 USA Soviet Union Brazil
Melbourne 1956 USA Soviet Union Uruguay
Helsinki 1952 USA Soviet Union Uruguay
London 1948 USA France Brazil
Berlin 1936 USA Canada Mexico
Basketball Olympic Medals Summary
Total Medals Golden Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals
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Golden MedalSilver MedalBronze Medal
15 Medals
Golden Medal 14
1936
1948
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968
1976
1984
1992
1996
2000
2008
2012
Silver Medal 1
1972
Bronze Medal 2
1988
2004

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