In sports there are not only winners, but also losers. This is the difference between real life and cinema. In the history of the modern Olympic movement there are many stories about the winners. The countries compete in the team competition, trying to occupy the highest possible place in it.
Nevertheless, the Olympics have another side, more sad. There are countries that are doomed to the rank of outsiders. Their medal luggage is empty, which does not stop the athletes from new starts. Mali (11 Summer Olympics).
For the first time this country took part in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. Almost all athletes from the African state did not even qualify. Since then, the African state has invariably been involved in the world’s biggest sporting competitions, an exception was made only for Montreal in 1976 because of the boycott. And the highest success at the Olympics team of Mali achieved in 2004 in Athens. Then the national football team reached the ¼ finals of the tournament, losing to the Italians only in extra time, 4 minutes before the end. The brave team stopped only a few steps from the medal.
Liberia (12 Summer Olympics).
This country originates in the international Olympic movement since 1956. Then 4 athletes arrived in Melbourne. The best success was the 17th place of the relay team. The 1980 Olympics in Moscow was remembered for the fact that the delegation took part in the opening ceremony, but did not appear at the start. It even went so far that the Olympians from this country in their homeland were simply beaten for their poor results. Maybe that’s why there are not so many people wishing to participate in the world’s largest sporting event? In 2012, in London, the only representative of Liberia took the 23rd place in the decathlon, having managed even to overtake three athletes. Madagascar (11 Summer Olympics, 1 winter).
The history of the drought of this country originates in 1964 in Japanese Tokyo. The occasion for pride was given to Jules Randrianari, who managed to win a relatively prestigious 25th place at the marathon in Moscow in 1980. And in 2006 the first appearance of the famous African country took place at the Winter Olympics, it happened in Turin. Then the only athlete from Madagascar, Mathieu Razanakulon, took the 39th place in the giant ski slalom. But in the usual slalom the black Olympian could not finish at all.
Malta (15 Summer Olympics).
If the defeat of Africans is particularly surprising, then finding among the losers of Malta is unexpected. For the first time, a small but quite European state debuted at the Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928. Malta stands out because it is the only European member of the IOC, which has never participated in the Winter Olympics. True, despite the concentration in summer sports, there are no special success here. In 1980, Malta debuted in archery, hoping to succeed at least here. The results were eloquent – Leo Portelli was the last, and Joanna Agius showed the penultimate result.
Nepal (12 Summer Olympics, 3 Winter Olympics).
For the first time at the Olympics, Nepal appeared in Tokyo in 1964. Since then, the team members are desperately fighting not even for medals, but for getting into the top twenty. In this regard, it is appropriate to recall the “achievement” of Bharat Sawad, who in Seoul in 1988 was able to become the 22nd. In winter sports, the results are much weaker. In 2010, the colorful skier Dachiri Sherpa finished 92nd, behind the distance of 15 kilometers for 11 minutes from the winner. Nepalese athlete even managed to outrun three skiers. So the participation of Nepal in the Olympic Games still corresponds to the motto, according to which, victory is not the main thing. Myanmar (16 Summer Olympics).
The Olympic Committee in this country was established in 1947, and the following year the team from Burma made its debut in London.It is interesting that from 1948 to 1992 the team defended the honor of Burma, and then of Myanmar, in connection with the renaming of the country. Most of the athletes performed in the distant 1972, then the delegation numbered as many as 18 participants. The closest thing to the medals athletes got to in 2000 in Sydney, when women-weightlifters Vin Kai Thi and Vin Swe Swe took respectively 4 and 5 place. And in 2004, athlete Thin Thin Khaing became a participant of the real drama in archery. She lost in the first round only due to three additional shots, which revealed the winner. Bolivia (13 Summer Olympics, 5 Winter Olympics).
For the first time this country performed at the Olympics back in 1936. Bolivia again took part in the Games as early as 1964. In winter sports there was also a big break – from 1956 to 1992. Realizing that here athletes do not shine, the country since 1992 has ceased to participate in the winter program. The highest result of Bolivian athletes is associated with the name of Maria Monasterio. This woman was able to win the 17th place in Beijing in 2008 in a rather unusual age for weightlifters – 38 years.
Andorra (10 summer Olympics, 10 winter).
This small country equally unsuccessfully participates in both summer and winter programs. Andorra participated in all the Olympics, starting in 1976. Only one regular effort is not enough, the country is catastrophically short of high-class athletes. Andorra has only one hit in the top twenty. In 1998, in Nagano, Vicky Grau was able to take the 19th place in the slalom for women. But in the giant slalom, she could not finish. So now local athletes should be equal to this figure. San Marino (13 Summer Olympics, 7 Winter Olympics).
For the first time this country took part in the Games in 1960 in Rome, Italy. The San Marino team in 1980 was on hearing, but not on sports, but for political reasons. The country partially supported the boycott of the Soviet Union, speaking not under its own flag, but under the Olympic flag. But still the voyage to the Olympics, although it took place, did not bring medals. But so in San Marino could see their “flag” at the awards ceremonies. But the 17-year-old Stefano Kasali was able to take 24th place in the race for walking, this result remains one of the best for San Marino at the Olympics. Monaco (20 Summer Olympics, 8 Winter Olympics).
This European principality can be considered the main loser of the Olympics. The debut took place back in 1920, in Belgian Antwerp. In 1924, Julien Miedecin won for his country a bronze medal in competitions in … architecture! Not quite a sporting award was given for designing a stadium in Monte Carlo. However, medals in art competitions for the sport do not have a relationship. Since then, the principality has been fighting hard for the Olympic awards. Even the participation in the bobsled of Prince Albert II himself did not help, his best achievement is the 23rd place in Calgary.