FIH: Women’s Hockey at the Olympic Games: A statistical rewind

Women’s hockey has been a permanent feature at the Summer Olympic Games since the Olympic Games Moscow 1980. In the 11 editions of the games starting from 1980, women’s hockey has been played at each event, and produced incredible moments on the pitch, with 6 different nations having claimed the gold medal across the competition’s history! Join us in the build up to the Paris 2024 Olympics Hockey tournament, as we take a deep dive into some of the statistics that tell the story of women’s hockey at the Olympic Games…

Any statistical look at the Olympics has to begin with a look at the most successful team in the history of the games. In women’s hockey at the Olympics, Netherlands are the most successful team in the competition’s history, medalling at 9 different editions, including 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. With three gold medals and one silver medal in the last four Olympic Games, Netherlands have been nearly unstoppable on the biggest stage over the past two decades. 

Australia are the second most successful team in women’s Olympics Hockey history with 3 gold medals to their name in the Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2002 games. Curiously, outside of their three gold medal winning performances, Australia have never stood on the podium at the Olympics. 

Zimbabwe (Moscow 1980), Spain (Barcelona 1992), Germany (Athens 2004) and Great Britain (Rio 2016) are the other four teams to have won the gold medal in women’s hockey at the Olympic Games. After Netherlands, Argentina actually hold the record for most medals won in women’s Olympic hockey with 5 medals, but are yet to win a gold medal, with three silver medal and two bronze medal finishes. South Korea are the most successful team from Asia, with two silver medals, won in the late 20th century. 

Netherlands hold the record for the most number of goals scored in the competition, with 166 goals scored in 67 matches and Australia follow closely behind, with 146 goals in 61 matches. Netherlands also hold the record for most goals scored in a single edition of the games, with their 29 goals in Tokyo 2020 eclipsing Australia’s record of 27 goals from Atlanta 1996. 

Women’s hockey at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 set the record for most number of goals scored in a single edition of the competition with a total of 149 goals scored across 38 games, at an average of nearly 4 goals per game! Remarkably 6 different teams; Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, China, Germany and Korea, managed to score 15 or more goals in the 2008 edition! 

Maartje Paumen of Netherlands, widely considered one of the best exponents of the drag flick skill, holds the record for most goals scored in women’s hockey at the Olympics with 19 goals scored across 3 editions. She also holds the record for most goals in a single edition of the competition, scoring 11 goals in 7 matches at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008! 

German hockey star Natascha Keller is the only women’s hockey player to appear in 5 editions of the Olympic Games. She made her first appearance at the games in Atlanta 1996 and went on to appear in each of the next four editions of the games. She was part of the historic German team that won the gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics and created history when she became the first German hockey player ever, to serve as the flag-bearer at the Olympic Games, when she led the German contingent at the Olympic Games London 2012, in her final appearance in the competition.  

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The Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be played from 27 July to 9 August. For more details about the competition, visit Olympics.Hockey


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