Winter Games Fun Facts


Want some fast facts on the Olympic Winter Games?

Look no further — here are some serious stats:

1: The 2014 Games in Sochi will be Russia’s first time hosting a Winter Olympics. Russia hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow.

3: Times Canada has hosted an Olympics (1976 Summer Games in Montreal; 1988 Winter Games in Calgary; 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver).

5: Gold medals won by Eric Heiden at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Many consider the American speed skater to be one of the greatest of all-time.

6: Winter Olympic medals won by American speed skater, Bonnie Blair, the most for any American athlete.

8: Gold medals won by Norwegian cross-country skier, Bjorn Daehlie, between 1992-1998, the most by any Winter Olympian.

10: Medals won by Americans in snowboarding’s halfpipe competition prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where they took four more medals in the sport.

11: Consecutive gold medals won by Russian and Soviet participants in the Pairs figure skating event between 1964-2002, the longest national win streak in a single event.

12: Medals won by Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie, which is the record for most medals won by a Winter Olympian.

13: Gold medals won by the Soviet Union at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. They held the record for most gold medals in a single Winter Games until Norway tied them during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

14: Gold medals won by Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics—beating out the Soviet Union and Norway’s previously held record of most Winter Olympic gold medals by any team.

15: Disciplines on the 2010 Olympic program: Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and long track speed skating.

16: Consecutive wins by the Canadian men’s hockey team from 1920-1932, the longest win streak in Olympic hockey.

18: Hours it takes on average to make one Olympic medal. All of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic medals are made from Russian materials.

20: Years between medals for American John Heaton (1928-1948, skeleton), and Swiss Richard Torriani (1928-1948, ice hockey), the longest for any multi-medal athletes.

26: Nations who won a medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, tying the 2006 Torino Games for the highest total of any Winter Olympics.

33: Goals scored by Canada’s men’s hockey team in a 1924 game against Switzerland. It was the most lopsided hockey match in Olympic history (33-0).

37: Medals won by the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Games, the highest total for any single Winter Olympics.

39: Medals that Americans have won in Alpine skiing during the Winter Olympics.

67: Medals won by American athletes in Winter Olympics speed skating to date.

93: Winter Olympic gold medals won by the United States.

98: Medal events in the 2014 Sochi program. Twelve events have been added to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics total of 86.

131: Competitors in the 1992 men’s giant slalom event, the most for any single event in Winter Olympic history.

237: Seconds the 1994 Russian biathlon team won the women’s 4×7.5 km relay by, the largest margin of victory in an Olympic biathlon race.

313: Total medals won by the most prolific Winter Olympics nation, Norway.

807: Seconds that Per Erik Hedlund of Sweden won the 1928 men’s 50 km cross-country skiing event by. The largest margin of victory in an Olympic cross-country skiing event.

3500: Athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics

One comment on “Winter Games Fun Facts

  1. Travonn Myers

    “I cant look over the edge or look through the steps, if they are grated stairs. I keep my head up, I can’t look off to the side otherwise my legs start shaking or I might begin hyperventilating a little bit.”


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