“Faster, higher, stronger”, such is the Olympic motto imagined by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894 to push the athletes to surpass themselves at each edition, until accomplishing new exploits which once seemed unimaginable. Overview of the records to beat during the Beijing Olympics (February 4-20).
The youngest gold medalist
American Tara Lipinski was only 15 years and 255 days old when she won figure skating in Nagano (Japan) on February 20, 1998. She holds the record of the youngest athlete medalist gold in an individual event.
the record Absolute is however owned by Kim Yun-mi, a South Korean skater. The latter was only 13 years and 85 days old when her team won gold in the women’s 3,000 meter short-track relay in 1994, in Lillehammer (Norway).
The oldest gold medalist
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who triumphed in the sprint event in 2014 in Sochi (Russia), is the oldest gold medalist. He was 40 years and 12 days old when he took the top step of the podium.
As to medal the oldest, it is Carl August Kronlund, a Swedish curler, who had won a silver charm at the age of 58 years and 155 days during the very first edition of the Olympic Games organized in Chamonix in 1924. And almost a hundred years later, his record still stands.
Most gold medals for an athlete in a single edition
Eric Heiden, an American speed skater, caused a sensation in Olympic Games of Lake Placid (USA) in 1980. He won five medals gold in the 500 meters, 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, establishing four records Olympics and a record global.
The most decorated athletes at the Winter Olympics
Marit Bjorgen set a new record in Pyeongchang. With her five medals (two gold, one silver, two bronze) won in South Korea in 2018, the Norwegian cross-country skiing champion has become the most decorated athlete at the Winter Olympics for men and women combined. Marit Bjorgen, who ended her career shortly after the Pyeongchang Olympics, has a total of 15 charms in five appearances at the Olympic Games (eight gold, four silver, three bronze).
Ole Einar BjTherndalen, the medal Golden the oldest, is he theathlete most decorated male Olympic Games of winter. The biathlete, nicknamed “the Patriarch” of this discipline, has thirteen medals in total, including eight gold, amassed in five editions.
In France, the most decorated athlete during these Winter Games is also a biathlete since it is Martin Fourcade. The one who acted as the flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games from Pyeongchang has five gold and two silver medals.
Most appearances at the Winter Olympics
In Pyeongchang, Noriaki Kasai beat the record participation in the Olympics. The Japanese ski jumper has competed in eight Olympic Games over a period of twenty-six years, from Albertville (1992) to Pyeongchang (2018). He is ahead of Russian luger Albert Demchenko, who has seven appearances.
The most decorated country
Norway is the country with the most medals Olympic Games of winter. In twenty-three editions, the Nordic country has indeed accumulated 368 medals. It is also the most successful nation with 132 gold charms. Norway is also the country to have won the most medals in a single edition. It was 2018 in Pyeongchang with 39 medals, including 14 gold.
the record of French medals
The athletes French generally win less than medals at the Winter Games than at the Summer Games. The best harvest was achieved in 2014 in Sochi and four years later in Pyeongchang, where the Tricolores had amassed fifteen medals.