After a trial appearance as a display sport in the 1904 Summer Games in St Louis, USA, basketball made its official Olympic debut in the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, Germany.
A women’s tournament was introduced for the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Canada, while professional players were finally allowed to represent their country in the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the popularity of the sport in the country, the USA dominate the Olympic basketball medal table with 26 medals, including 21 golds, across both men’s and women’s events, which is more than double the total of any other nation.
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