The 24th Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Beijing on February 4, 2022.
The 23rd Winter Olympics 100 Questions | Which delegation has the best performance in the history of the Winter Olympics?
Unlike the Summer Olympics, which have a wide range of events, the ice and snow events are unique, giving many countries and regions unique advantages in the development process. Since the first Winter Olympics, which delegation has performed the best?
Combining the performance of past competitions and the previous medal lists of the Winter Olympics, the answer to the question is obvious. Up to now, the Norwegian delegation has topped the list in the history of the Winter Olympics. At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Norwegian team won 14 golds, 14 silvers and 11 bronzes and a total of 39 medals, ranking first on the medal list.
On February 18, the men’s cross-country skiing 4×10 km relay final of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was held. Norway won the gold medal, the Russian Olympian won the silver medal, and France won the bronze medal. The picture shows Russian Olympian Denis Spizov (right) and Norwegian Johannes Kleiber (left) entering the final lap of the competition.Photo by China News Agency reporter Cui Nan
According to statistics, in the past 23 Winter Olympics, the Norwegian delegation won 132 gold, 125 silver and 111 bronze, with a total of 368 medals. It is a veritable winter sports powerhouse.
In the past Winter Olympics, the Norwegian delegation continued to set various records. Norway won 26 medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, they raised this record to 39.
In addition, the 14 gold medals won in Pyeongchang also surpassed the 13 gold medals won by the Norwegian delegation at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and tied the 14 gold medals set by the Canadian delegation at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Single-session record.
On February 18, the men’s cross-country skiing 4×10 km relay final of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was held. Norway won the gold medal, the Russian Olympian won the silver medal, and France won the bronze medal. The picture shows Russian Olympian Denis Spizov (left) and Norwegian Johannes Kleiber (right) hugging.Photo by China News Agency reporter Cui Nan
Cross-country skiing is the traditional advantage of the Norwegian delegation. Among the 368 medals won so far, cross-country skiing accounts for about one-third, especially in women’s 30 km group start, women’s double chase, women’s 4×5 km relay, women’s team short distance, men’s individual short distance, etc. Xiang Zhong has extremely strong strength.
As one of the important birthplaces of modern skiing, skiing has always been an important mode of transportation in Norway in history, and later developed into a mass sports activity. Norwegian children are said to be “born with skis on their feet”. Although the population of Norway is only about 5.4 million, thanks to a long tradition of skiing and a broad mass base, ice and snow sports are very popular among Norwegian teenagers.
It is reported that there are hundreds of sports schools in Norway that provide professional courses for cross-country skiing, and students can receive high-level professional guidance in sports such as cross-country skiing, ski jumping, and Nordic biathlon.
Data map: On February 20, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics biathlon 2x6km women’s 2×7.5km men’s mixed relay competition ended. The French team won the gold medal, Norway won the silver medal, and Italy defeated Germany with a 0.3 second advantage in the final sprint to win the bronze medal. The picture shows the players in the game.Photo by China News Agency reporter Cui Nan
At the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988, Norway did not receive a gold medal, and the total number of medals was only 5. It was this defeat on the field that made Norway decide to implement systematic support for the Olympics. The Norwegian Olympic Sports Management Center was formally established in 1989, and the effect of this change was immediate, and the total number of medals in the subsequent Winter Olympics increased significantly.
After this introduction, how do you think the Norwegian delegation will perform at the Beijing Winter Olympics? (Liu Xingchen)