Greece is widely known as the motherland of the ancient Olympic Games but also holds a very notable record at the modern Games that not many are aware of. During the first modern Summer Olympics, held in Athens in 1896, Greece won a total of forty-six medals with a total population of 2.4 million at the time.

In other words, Greece won one medal for every 52,900 citizens, setting an incredible record for the most medals won per capita at any Olympics. Bermuda came close at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal winning a medal with a total population of 53,200 but didn’t break the record for a few hundred citizens.

ATHENS – AUGUST 21: Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men’s 85 kg category weightlifting competition on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pyrros Dimas
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