Macedonia at the Olympics

Macedonian athletes have competed in the Summer Games since 1920 but as part of the Yugoslavian delegation. Macedonia was formed with the split up of Yugoslavia in 1991, as was also Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro. At the 1992 Olympics Macedonian athletes participated as Independent Olympic Participants, as they could not appear under their own flag because their NOC had not been formed. Macedonia first competed at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1996. They have competed under the name "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

The Macedonian Olympic Committee was created in 1992 and recognized the year after. In 1996, they made their appearance as an independent nation for the first time and they have done so every Summer Games since.

Although relatively young in the Summer Games, its athletes are definitely not new to the Olympics. In the October 1, 2000, wrestler Mogamed Ibragimov proved that when he won the bronze in men's freestyle 85 kg in the Summer Games held in Sydney, Australia. He is officially the first Macedonian Olympic medalist.

As far as the Winter Games are concerned, Macedonian athletes first participated under their own banner in 1996 in Nagano, Japan and have done so ever since.

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