Gold, silver, and bronze medal sweep in Winter Olympics by a single country?


Figure skating was first contested as an Olympic sport at the 1908 Summer Olympics, in London, United Kingdom. As this traditional winter sport could be conducted indoors, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved its inclusion in the Summer Olympics program.[1] It was featured a second time at the Antwerp Games,[2] after which it was permanently transferred to the program of the Winter Olympic Games, first held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.[1]

In London, figure skating was presented in four events: men's singles, women's singles, men's special figures, and mixed pairs. The special figures contest was won by Russian Nikolai Panin, who gave his country its first ever Olympic gold medal.[3] He remains the event's sole winner, as it was subsequently dropped from the program. Once a demonstration event at Grenoble 1968, ice dancing has been an official medal-awarding Olympic figure skating event since it was introduced in 1976.[2]

Swedish figure skater Gillis...

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The 1976 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held in Innsbruck, Austria, from 4 to 15 February 1976. A total of 1,123 athletes representing 37 National Olympic Committees (NOC) participated in 37 events from 10 different sports and disciplines.[1] Two events were contested for the first time: the figure skating discipline of ice dancing, and the men's 1,000 metres in speed skating.[1][2]

Sixteen NOCs won at least one medal, and twelve of them secured at least one gold. The Soviet Union clinched the first place in the gold and overall medal counts, with 13 and 27, respectively. Moreover, the Soviet team also collected the most silver (6) and bronze (8) medals. The host nation, Austria, concluded its participation with a total of six medals (two golds, two silvers, and two bronzes).

Liechtenstein won its first Olympic medals: two bronzes by Willi Frommelt and Hanni Wenzel in the alpine skiing slalom...

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Medals for First Modern Olympics

During the first Olympiad in Athens in 1896, winners who ranked first were awarded a silver medal, a crown of olive branches, and a diploma. Those in second place were given a copper medal, a branch of laurel, and a diploma. For the first time, at the third Olympiad in St. Louis in 1904, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for the first, second, and third place, respectively.

In the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the United States of America topped the table with a total of 103 medals: 46 gold, 28 silver, and 29 bronze. China came second on the list with a total of 88 medals: 38 gold, 28 silver, and 22 bronze. The third spot was grabbed by Great Britain with a total tally of 65 medals: 29 gold, 17 silver, and 19 bronze.


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The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, from 8 to 19 February 1984. A total of 1,272 athletes representing 49 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) (+12 from the 1980 Olympics) participated in 39 events (+1 from 1980) from 10 different sports and disciplines (unchanged from 1980).[1] Compared with the previous Winter Games, the new event included was the women's 20 km in cross-country skiing, while first time NOCs to enter were Egypt, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Senegal, and British Virgin Islands.[1]

Seventeen NOCs won at least one medal and, among these, eleven secured at least one gold medal. For the first time since its debut at the 1968 Winter Olympics, East Germany topped the gold medal count with nine, three more than the Soviet Union, which had led this count in the past three Games. The Soviet delegation won the most overall medals (25), including the most silvers (10) and bronzes...

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Russian skiers have secured victory for Russia in the Olympic medal table by occupying all places on the podium in the 50km mass start race on the final day of the Games.

Aleksandr Legkov won the race with the result of 1:46:55.

His fellow team members, Maksim Vylegzhanin and Ilya Chernousov, took silver and bronze respectively, arriving at the finish just 0.1 second apart.

The triple medal win secures Russia’s leading position in the total medal count of the Sochi Olympics, since no other national team will be able to beat Russia’s result in the two remaining sport events on Sunday.

Russia’s result in Sochi is the best the country has ever had during the Winter Olympics. The country’s previous best gold haul was in 1994 in Norway’s Lillehammer, when the national team won 11 gold medals. The Sochi achievement also beats the record of the Soviet Union, which won a total of 29 medals in the Calgary Games of 1988.

With two...

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At the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, the Netherlands won gold, silver, and bronze in 4 different speed skating events:

Clearly, the Netherlands were a powerhouse in speed skating this year. Out of 36 medals total awarded in men's and women's (long track) speed skating, Dutch skaters took home 23 of them. They won at least one medal in every speed skating event, and won gold in both the men's and women's team pursuit events.

It is not all that unusual for one country to sweep gold, silver, and bronze in a single event. It happens on average perhaps once or twice per Winter Olympics. In addition to the four events listed above at Sochi 2014, the USA swept men's slopestyle skiing, and France swept men's ski cross. No country did it at Vancouver 2010, but it happened twice in Torino 2006, when the Austrians swept the men's slalom medals and the Germans took every medal in the women's singles luge.

It is also not unheard of for one country to sweep two events in a single...

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A sweep is when one team wins all available medals in a single event in a sporting event. At the highest level, that would be when one nation wins all the medals in the Summer Olympics Athletics.[1] Many Olympic sports or events do not allow three entries into a single event in the Olympics, making a sweep impossible. But in Athletics the maximum for a single country is three.

In the beginning, before the Olympics became a global event, sweeps were more common amongst fewer competing countries and larger numbers of entries from a single country. The 1904 Olympics, held in St. Louis, Missouri, United States were essentially a domestic meet; a side show to the St. Louis World's Fair. After that, a sweep became an increasingly treasured status symbol of national dominance in an event. 1964 was the first Olympiad to have no sweeps. Since then there were no sweeps in 1972, 1996 and 2000.

Sweeps have happened in every long term event in the individual program, except the...

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World map showing the medal achievements of each country during the 2014 Winter Olympics


represents countries that won at least one gold medal


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The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event held in Sochi, Russia, from 7 February to 23 February. A total of 2,873 athletes from 88 nations participated in 98 events in 7 sports across 15 different disciplines.[1] Of all athletes, 187 of them representing 26 different countries won medals.[2] The Netherlands achieved four podium sweeps in the speed skating, dominating the men's 500 metres, men's 5,000 metres, men's 10,000 metres, and women's 1,500 metres,...

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Forget the toilets and unfinished hotels. It's time to focus on the Olympic games.

The gold medal count began Saturday with taking the lead with four of the first 98 medals to be awarded.

Norway brought home two gold medals, one in the women's skiathlon (cross-counry skiing) and one in the men's biathlon.

Norwegian biathlete became the oldest individual gold medalist at the Winter Olympics, winning the 10-kilometer sprint — his seventh career gold. And ,captured the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon for her fourth Olympic title.

Norway also captured a bronze medal in the women's cross-country race, and a silver in slopestyle snowboarding.

Canadian sisters Jusine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took the gold and silver in the freestyle moguls competition, edging out US favorite . But over on the slopestyle course, it was Canadian Mark McMorris who was disappointed to take home a bronze.

finished the day tied with in the medal count. The Dutch got...

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The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from February 12 to February 28. A total of 2,632 athletes representing 82 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) (+2 from 2006 Olympics) participated in 86 events (+2 from 2006) from 15 different sports and disciplines (unchanged from 2006).[1]

Athletes from 26 NOCs won at least one medal, and athletes from 19 of these NOCs secured at least one gold. For the first time, Canada won a gold medal at an Olympic Games it hosted, having failed to do so at both the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In contrast to the lack of gold medals at these previous Olympics, the Canadian team finished first overall in gold medal wins,[2] and became the first host nation—since Norway in 1952—to lead the gold medal count, with 14 medals. In doing so, it also broke the record for the most golds won by a NOC at...

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The cross-country events took place at the Mountain Cluster at Krasnaya Polyana about 40 km north-east of the center of Sochi. The whole complex with the cross-country and biathlon stadium "Laura", a huge function building, traverses and trails cost around 1.2 billion euros, paid by the state company Gazprom. The events were progressively affected by the warm weather, as competitors with sleeveless shirts became a common sight during the second half of the Games. The program was basically unchanged but – as has become common since the introduction of separate freestyle and classical events – events that were held in the classical style in Vancouver were held in freestyle in Sochi and vice-versa, with the events that combine both styles (skiathlon and relay) unchanged.

Norway slightly improved on their medal count from Vancouver, winning 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze compared to 5-2-2 in Vancouver. Only the clean sweep in the ladies’ 30 km brought Norway level with their...

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Simone Manuel tied for the gold with Penny Oleksiak in the 100m freestyle during the 2016 Summer Olympics. I have never seen this before, and was curious how often it happens. I tried to find information, and in fact the first article I linked to says that there was a tie in this same event in 1984, but I can't find a list of other events where this has happened, within swimming and beyond.

All I found were articles like about a downhill skiing gold medal tie between Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin in 2014, and one that addresses this incident and lists the ties from only the Winter Olympics.

Does anyone know how many gold medal ties there have been in Olympic history, in both the summer and winter...

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