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Dominant Norway tops Winter Games medal table

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: (FRANCE OUT) Marit Bjoergen of Norway wins gold medal, Therese Johaug of Norway wins silver medal, Kristin Stoermer Steira of Norway wins bronze medal during the Cross-Country Women's 30km Mass Start at the Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Norway top the medal table when it comes to the Olympic Winter Games.

While the Scandinavian nation has a tally of 148 medals in total during its history at the Summer Games, it has amassed nearly that number of golds alone when it comes to the Winter Games.

The collection stands at 118 gold and 329 medals in all, with cross-country skiing (40 gold and 107 in all) and speed skating (25 and 80) the two sports accounting for most of that particular haul up to and including Sochi 2014.

The predicted medal table for PyeongChang, which predicts the medal count of every nation at every games, has fluctuated in the build-up to Pyeongchang 2018, with calculations estimating that Norway will be pushed close by both Germany and the United States to end top of the pile come the end of February.

The Norwegians topped the table at five of the six opening Olympic Winter Games but such dominance is not unheralded in its history, the feat being repeated in 1968 and again in 2002 with three runners-up spots, including last time around in Sochi.

Its best individual haul of medals at a single Games is 26: achieved on home territory at Lillehammer 1994 and then repeated in Sochi, while its 13 golds from Salt Lake City 2002 is the best in its history.

One of Norway’s most famous sons is Bjørn Dæhlie, now a 50-year-old businessman in both real estate and fashion. He boasts the record number of Winter Games golds by any individual athlete with eight – his tally achieved between 1992 and 1998. He also has four silver medals to his name.

That golden tally is matched by 40-year-old countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who boasts more career Olympic medals with 13 in all.

Other stand-out Norwegians on the snow and ice were Jacob Tullin Thams, one of only a few people in history to win medals at both the Summer and Winter Games. And Sonja Henie, who won a hat-trick of figure skating golds, the first aged just 15.

 

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