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Taiwan’s History at the Olympics- Fact Sheet & Photos

Aug 12, 2021 · Michael Schram 薛龍熙

A look at Taiwan's memorable moments, and glorious medals from a turbulent Olympic history.  

The first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.

1895-1945- Under Japan Occupation

  • The Olympics were held 14 times during this period. 10~summer  4~winter.
  • There weren’t any Taiwanese athletes on the Japanese Olympic team during this time.
CK Yang at the 1960 Olympics.  He won Taiwan's first-ever medal.
CK Yang at the 1960 Olympics. He won Taiwan's first-ever medal, and has a long list of other impressive accomplishments.  Amis name: Maysang Kalimud.  

 

1945-present- Republic of China

  • Taiwan has won 36 medals in total, all from the summer games
  • Before Tokyo 2020, Taiwan’s highest medal tally was 5, done twice in 2000 and 2004
  • Taiwan has won 7 Gold, 11 Silver, and 18 Bronze
  • Taiwan won its first medal in 1960, its first gold in 2004
  • Taiwan has competed in the winter Olympics 12 times, and is still pursuing its first medal
  • Since 1984, Taiwan has competed as Chinese Taipei, due to pressure from the People’s Republic of China. They’re also not permitted to use their flag or national anthem
  • Taiwan has had the most success at weightlifting(10 medals) & Taekwondo (9 medals)
  • 6 Taiwanese athletes have won Olympic 2 medals, no one has won 3
  • Hsu-Shu ching is the only Taiwanese athlete to win 2 Olympic gold medals- weightlifting
  • 1976 Montreal- Taiwan boycotts over name dispute
  • 1980 Moscow- Taiwan boycotts over name dispute
Hsu Shu-ching won 2 Olympic gold medals, the only Taiwanese athlete to do so.  She was later  involved a controversial doping scandal
Hsu Shu-ching won 2 Olympic gold medals, the only Taiwanese athlete to do so. She was later involved a controversial doping scandal

 

1960 Rome

men's decathlon

Silver

1968 Mexico City

women's 80 metre hurdles

Bronze

1984 Los Angeles

men’s weightlifting      60 kg

Bronze

1992 Barcelona

men’s baseball

Bronze

1996 Atlanta

women’s table tennis

Silver

2000 Sydney

women’s table tennis

Bronze

 

men’s taekwondo 49kg

Bronze

 

women’s taekwondo 57kg

Bronze

 

women’s weightlifting 75kg

Bronze

 

women’s weightlifting 53kg

Silver

2004 Athens

women’s taekwondo 49kg

Gold

 

men’s taekwondo-58kg

Gold

 

men’s archery- team

Silver

 

men’s taekwondo-68kg

Silver

 

women’s archery- team

Bronze

2008 Beijing

women’s weightlifting 48kg

Gold

 

women’s weightlifting 63kg

Silver

 

men’s taekwondo-58kg

Bronze

 

men’s taekwondo-68kg

Bronze

2012 London

women’s weightlifting 53kg

Gold

 

women’s weightlifting 57kg

Bronze

2016 Rio

women’s weightlifting 53kg

Gold

 

women’s archery- team

Bronze

 

women’s weightlifting 58kg

Bronze

2020 Tokyo

women’s weightlifting 59kg

Gold

 

men’s badminton doubles

Gold

 

men’s Judo 60kg

Silver

 

men’s archery- team

Silver

 

men’s pommel horse (gymnastics)

Silver

 

women’s badminton singles

Silver

 

women’s taekwondo 57kg

Bronze

 

table tennis- mixed doubles

Bronze

 

women’s weightlifting 64kg

Bronze

 

men’s golf- individual

Bronze

 

women’s boxing flyweight

Bronze

 

women’s karate 55kg

Bronze

Chi Cheng- bronze medallist at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico city.  She broke several world records, and later became a politician.
Chi Cheng- bronze medallist at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico city. She broke several world records, and later became a politician.

Lien Te-an (Even Dean) competing in the luge event at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Lien Te-an (Even Dean) competing in the luge event at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

 

Lee Chih-kai winning a silver medal at Tokyo 2020.  Taiwan's first medal in gymnasatics.
Lee Chih-kai winning a silver medal at Tokyo 2020. Taiwan's first medal in gymnasatics.

 

After a tough loss in the gold medal match, Taiwanese badminton queen Tai Tzu-ying shares a special moment of sportsmanship with fellow competitor from India, Pusarla Sindhu
After a tough loss in the gold medal match, Taiwanese badminton queen Tai Tzu-ying shares a special moment of sportsmanship with fellow competitor from India, Pusarla Sindhu

 

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Michael Schram 薛龍熙

Michael Schram 薛龍熙

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Michael is an explorer and wears many hats. A refined roughneck.