Team Handball at the Olympics
Handball was first introduced at the Olympic Games at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (see Field Handball 1936), in a competition for men only, and was played outdoors on a grass surface. The sport was dropped from the program after this single appearance, and not played again until 1952, when field handball was again played, though this time as a demonstration sport (see Field Handball 1952).
The sport returned as an official sport for the 1972 Olympics, in its current format as an indoor sport. The women's handball competition was added to the program at the 1976 Summer Games.
- The best all-time performing handball player at the Olympic Games is Russian Andrey Lavrov, who is the only handball player to win three Olympic gold medals. See more on the Greatest Handball Players at the Olympics.