Winter Olympic Trivia

The Winter Olympics return to NBC and Channel 3 on February 6th. To help you get ready for the games in Sochi, Russia, we've compiled this list of fun trivia bits.

What country has won the most medals at the Winter Games?

Norway leads the international pack with a total of 313 medals, including 112 gold, through the 2010 Winter Olympics. The U.S. is second with 274, 93 of which are gold.

Who is the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time?

Cross country skier Bjorn Daehlie (Norway) has won the most medals of any athlete: 12 (eight gold; four silver). Cross country skier Raisa Smetanina (USSR) is the winningest woman medalist, taking 10 medals (four gold; five silver; one bronze). Speed skater Apolo Ohno leads the list of American medal winners at the Winter Games: eight (two gold; two silver; four bronze). Speed skater Bonnie Blair is the winningest American woman medal winner at the Winter Games: six (five gold; one bronze).

And the oldest athlete earn a Winter Olympic medal is?

The oldest man to receive a Winter Olympics medal is 83-year-old Anders Haugen. The Norwegian-American actually received his ski jump bronze medal 50 years after he competed in 1924 when a scoring error was discovered in 1974.

The youngest?

American figure skater Tara Lipinski brought home the gold at age 15 at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

Has any athlete ever medal in both the Winter and Summer Olympics?

Only four athletes have won medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics: Eddie Eagan (U.S.): boxing gold (1920; summer) and four-man bobsled gold (1932; winter). Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway): ski jumping gold (1924; winter) and 8-meter yachting silver (1936; summer). Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany): speed skating gold at 500 meters (1984; winter) and 1,000m (1988; winter), silver at 500m (1988; winter) and bronze at 500m (1992; summer) and match sprint cycling silver (1988; summer). Clara Hughes (Canada): individual road race cycling bronze and individual time trial cycling bronze (1996; summer) and 5,000 m speed skating bronze (2002; winter).

Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the only athlete to ever win medals in both Winter and Summer Games in the same year (1988).

What winter sport made it's Olympic debut at the Summer Games?

Ice hockey made its Olympic debut at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. The first Winter Olympics didn't take place until 1924.

How many winter events are not contested outdoors?

Four. Curling, ice hockey, speed skating(including short track) and figure skating are all held indoors.

Has any city hosted the Winter Olympics more than once?

Two cities have had that honor. St. Moretz, Switzerland hosted the games in 1928 and 1948 while Lake Placid, NY was the host site for the 1932 and 1980 games.

What does the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius." mean in English?

It means "Faster, Higher, Stronger." Pierre de Coubertin, considered the father of the modern Olympic games, proposed it in 1894 after hearing the words said by Dominican priest Henri Didon years earlier.

When were the Winter Olympics first televised?

The 1956 Winter Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, were the first to be shown on television. The 1968 Games in Grenoble, France, were the first to be broadcast in color.

When did man-made snow make its Olympic debut?

Man-made snow was used in the Olympics for the first time at the 1980 Games in Lake Placid.


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