With a legacy steeped in excellence and a tradition of dominance, the Netherlands women's hockey team has long been a force to be reckoned with on the Olympic stage. From the very first time that they participated in women’s hockey at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984 and across the decades since, the Dutch women have etched their name in the annals of history, showcasing a brand of hockey that is as mesmerising as it is effective. 

Let's take a journey through time to revisit the historic successes of the Dutch squad in previous Olympic tournaments, which includes 9 medals in 10 editions, including 4 Olympic Gold medals across three different decades, a testament to their enduring legacy of champions.

In a display of sheer mastery, the Netherlands women's hockey team emerged triumphant at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, securing their maiden Olympic gold medal, in their very first appearance in the competition! With a display of fluid passing, clinical finishing, and unwavering determination, they swept aside opponents with ease, and began what would become a most extraordinary journey in the competition.

The Dutch were bronze medalists in three out of the next four editions of the Olympic Games, in Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. They finished outside of the podium places for the first and only time, so far, in their Olympic history, when they finished 6th at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Such has been the dominance of Netherlands at the Olympic Games, that three bronze medals in four editions of the Games represents their leanest period in the history of the games. 

In the Olympic Games Athens 2004, Netherlands went one step further and claimed their first silver medal in the competition, and have never finished outside of the top-2 spots in the competition ever since. Back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games, firmly cemented their place as one of the greatest Olympic teams of all time and they have been the team to beat across all competitions in women’s hockey ever since. 


They were strong favourites once again at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, but had to settle for a silver medal, after coming up against a spirited Great Britain team in the final that took them to the shoot-outs, where British goalkeeper Maddie Hinch put on a performance for the ages, saving all 4 shoot-out attempts she faced from the Dutch attackers, to win her team the gold medal. 

That silver medal proved to be just a blip though, as 4 years later, Netherlands were back on the top step of the podium, winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, winning all 8 games, relying on their defence as much as their offence, which conceded just 4 goals throughout the competition! 

As the Netherlands women's hockey team prepares to embark on yet another Olympic journey at Paris 2024, they carry with them the weight of expectations as the most decorated team in women’s Olympic hockey, but also the confidence that comes from such a legacy. With a rich tapestry of historic triumphs behind them, they stand poised to add another chapter to their storied legacy, inspiring generations to come with their passion, skill, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

The Netherlands women's hockey team's historic successes in previous Olympic tournaments stand as a testament to their enduring legacy as champions. Across the decades, they have dazzled spectators with their exquisite skill, tactical brilliance, and unwavering determination, leaving an indelible mark on hockey. As they set their sights on retaining their crown at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, one thing is certain: the Dutch are ready to once again showcase their mastery on the grandest stage of them all and entertain fans who will flock from all over the world to witness their exquisite brand of hockey.