Athens 2004

A record 201 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in the Olympic Games. The overall tally for events on the programme was 301 (one more than at the Sydney Games in 2000).

Most popular

Popularity in the Games also soared, as 3.9 billion people had access to the television coverage compared to 3.6 billion for Sydney. This global audience enjoyed coverage of never-before seen sports such as women's wrestling, which was included in the programme for the first time.

Records tumble

Swimmer Michael Phelps won six gold medals and set a single-Games record with eight total medals. Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel became the first female cyclist to earn four career gold medals, reaching a total of six Olympic medals, while canoeist Birgit Fischer became the first athlete in any sport to win two medals in each of five Olympic Games.
Memorable champions

Runner Hicham El Guerrouj won both the 1500m and the 5000m, while on the women's side Kelly Holmes triumphed in both the 800m and the 1500m. In team play, Argentina won the men's football tournament without conceding a goal, and the US softball team outscored their opponents by an aggregate score of 51-1.

The Greek medals


Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis (sychronized diving), Ilias Iliadis (judo) Emilia Tsoulfa and Sofia Bekatorou (sailing - 470), Dimosthenis Tampakos (gymnastics), Athanasia Tsoumeleka (athletics), Fani Halkia (athletics)


Anastasia Kelesidou (athletics), Nikos Kaklamanakis (sailing - mistral), Hrysopigi Devetzi (athletics), Elisavet Mystakidou (taekwondo), Alexandros Nikolaidis (taekwondo), Greece (polo of women)


Pyrros Dimas (weightlifting), Vassilis Polymeros and Nikos Skiathitis (rowing), Artiom Kiouregkian (wrestling), Mirela Maniani (athletics)

NOCs 201
Athletes 10,625 athletes (4,329 women, 6,296 men)
Events 301
Volunteers 45,000
Media 21,500

Ελληνικές Συμμετοχές: 19
Flag bearer: Δήμας Πύρρος
Team Captain:


Pyrros Dimas: Bronze Medal, Weightlifting, Athens 2004
Nikos Kaklamanakis: Silver Medal, Sailing, Athens 2004
Nikos Skiathitis: Bronze Medal, Rowing, Athens 2004
Vasilis Polymeros: Bronze Medal, Rowing, Athens 2004
Ilias Iliadis: Gold Medal, Judo, Athens 2004
Alexandros Nikolaidis: Silver Medal, Τaekwondo, Athens 2004
Elli Mystakidou: Silver Medal, Taekwondo, Athens 2004
Artiom Kouregian: Bronze Medal, Wrestling, Athens 2004
Emilia Tsoulfa: Gold Medal, Sailing, Athens 2004
Sofia Bekatorou: Gold Medal, Sailing, Athens 2004
Dimosthenis Tabakos: Gold Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 2004
Womens water polo team (2004): Silver Medal, Aquatics, Athens 2004
Nikos Siranidis: Gold Medal, Aquatics, Athens 2004
Thomas Bimis: Gold Medal, Aquatics, Athens 2004
Athanasia Tsoumeleka: Gold Medal, Athletics, Athens 2004
Fani Chalkia: Gold Medal, Athletics, Athens 2004
Tasoula Kelesidou: Silver Medal, Athletics, Athens 2004
Mirella Maniani: Bronze Medal, Athletics, Athens 2004
Pigi Devetzi: Silver Medal, Athletics, Athens 2004