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The 23rd Winter Olympics take place February 9 through February 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Wow your friends with these facts:

(1) Country with most medals in Winter Olympics history goes to …

Norway. Between 1924 and 2014, the Norwegians won 329 medals. The United States is second with 282.

 

(2) Country with most gold medals in Winter Olympics history goes to …

Norway. Between 1924 and 2014, the Norwegians won 118 gold medals. The United States is second with 96.

 

(3) Country with most medals in a single Winter Olympics goes to …

United States. The United States won 37 medals (9 gold, 15 silver, and 13 bronze) at the 2010 Winter Olympics held at Vancouver, Canada. That same Olympics, Canada won a single games record 14 gold medals.

 

(4) Person with most individual medals in Winter Olympics history goes to …

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (1974-…). Between 1998 and 2014, Norwegian Ole Einar Bjørndalen won 13 medals (8 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze) in biathlon. He also competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics, but didn’t win any medals.

 

(5) Woman with most individual medals in Winter Olympics history goes to …

Raisa Smetanina (1956-…) and Marit Bjørgen (1980-…). Between 1976 and 1992, Raisa Smetanina won 10 medals in cross-country skiing while representing the Soviet Union and the Unified Team (a team made up of athletes from five former Soviet republics who competed together in 1992 after the Soviet Union split apart in 1991). Marit Bjørgen of Norway has also won 10 medals in cross-country skiing. Bjørgen is competing in the 2018 Olympic Games, so she may add to her total.

 

(6) Person with most individual medals in a single Winter Olympics goes to …

Eric Heiden (1958-…). In 1980, American Eric Heiden won all five men’s speed-skating races.

 

(7) Youngest person to win a Winter Olympics medal goes to …

Kim Yun-Mi (1980-…). In 1994, 13-year-old Kim Yun-Mi helped South Korea win the gold medal in the 3,000-meter women’s relay in short-track speed skating.

 

(8) Oldest person to win a Winter Olympics medal goes to …

Carl August Kronlund (1865-1937). In 1924, 58-year-old Carl August Kronlund helped Sweden win the silver medal in men’s curling.

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