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Some interesting facts about Sochi 2014 winners -- from author Dave Wallachinsky, president of the ISOH:

- Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen won two
gold medals to become the first Winter athlete to earn
13 career medals. He won his first in 1998. He broke the
record in an event, the mixed relay, which was being
held for the first time.
- Cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen of Norway won
three gold medals to bring her career record to six gold,
three silver and one bronze. She tied the women’s
record of 10 career medals set by cross-country skiers
Raisa Smetanina of Russia (1976-1992) and Stefania
Belmondo of Italy (1992-2002). She also matched
the gold medal record of Russian speed skater Lidiya
Skoblikova (1960-1964) and Russian cross-country skier
Lyubov Yegorova (1992-1994).
- Luger Albert Demchenko of Russia and ski jumper
Noriaki Kasai of Japan became the first athletes to
compete in seven Winter Olympics. As if that wasn’t
enough of an achievement, they each earned two
medals. In fact, Kasai’s silver in the large hill competition
was his first ever in an individual event.
- Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette and Hayley
Wickenheiser of the Canadian ice hockey team joined US
basketball player Lisa Leslie as the only women to win
the same Olympic event four times.
- Short track speed skater Victor An of Russia won three
gold medals and one bronze to bring his career total to
six gold and two bronze. He had earned his first four
medals in 2006 while competing for South Korea as Ahn
Hyeon-su. (Remember Korean runner Kitei Sohn who was forced to compete in Berlin 1936 under a Japanese name? Now, this Korean competed under a Russo-phile name??)
- Nine of Russia’s 13 gold medals were won by athletes born in other countries: Victor An of South Korea (three
gold in short track, including relay); Vladimir Grigorev of Ukraine (short track relay); snowboarder Vic Wild of
the United States ( two gold); ice dancer Elena Ilinykh of Kazakhstan (in the team event); pairs figure skater Tatyana
Volosozhar of Ukraine (2 gold including the team event); and bobsledder Alexei Voyevoda of Ukraine (2 gold).
- Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen edged Martin Fourcade
of France in a photo finish in 15-kilometer mass start
after a race of 42 minutes 29.1 seconds. Coincidentally,
Svendsen also beat Fourcade in a photo finish in a Biathlon
World Cup race in the United States in February 2011.
- Alpine skier Ivica Kostelic´ of Croatia had the dubious
experience of winning the silver medal in the combined
event for the third straight time.
- In the men’s slalom, 34-year-old Mario Matt of
Austria became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic
history, while bronze medal winner Henrik Kristoffersen
of Norway, at 19, became the youngest men’s Alpine
medallist ever. Only 43 of 115 starters completed both
runs, the lowest percentage in Olympic history.
The Winter Olympics continue to appeal to a much
more narrow audience than the Summer Olympics. Of the 204 nations that are members of the IOC, 88
entered athletes in the 2014 Sochi Games, while 116 did
not. Of the 88, 29 sent only one or two athletes.
- Only 34 nations sent 10 or more athletes. Six nations (
Russia, United States, Norway, Canada, Netherlands and
Germany) won more than half the medals (52%). The
top 10 countries (including Austria, France, Sweden and
Switzerland) took home 72% of the medals.
- The 2014 Games included twelve new events, with the gold medals going to five countries: United States – 5;
Germany – 2; Russia – 2; Canada, Austria and Norway – 1 each.
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The US got absolutely bailed out by the new events. More than half their gold medals came from Slopestyle and ski half-pipe.

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