Ukraine made their Paralympic Games debut in 1996 in Atlanta, when 30 athletes competed in archery, track and field, powerlifting, swimming and sitting volleyball. Their first gold medal was won by Vasyl LISHCHYNSKYY in the shot put. Ukrainians had previously participated within the Soviet Union's delegation in 1988, and as part of the Unified Team in 1992. Competing as an independent country, Ukraine have won 173 medals in four Games (52 gold, 54 silver, 67 bronze). Ukraine have won more gold medals and more medals overall than any other former member of the Soviet Union, except for Russia.