Estonia at the Olympics

Estonia has a long history with the Olympic Games, but in changing circumstances. Estonia gained its independence from Russia in 1918 and was represented as such in the Summer Games in 1920 held at Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to this, Estonia was part of the Russian Empire, and Estonian athletes competed for Russia. Between 1920 and 1940 Estonian athletes participated in the Olympic Games under the name Estonia, then it became part of the Soviet Union. Estonia again gained independence in 1991, and has participated in all Olympics since then.

Estonian athletes however benefited greatly from the training that they received when Estonia was still part of the Russian Empire which is why they were able to snag one gold and two silver medals from the 1920 Summer Games.



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