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The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held in Turin, Italy, from February 10 to February 26, 2006. A total of 2,508 athletes representing 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) (+3 from 2002 Olympics) participated in 84 events (+6 from 2002) from 15 different sports and disciplines (unchanged from 2002).[1]

Athletes from 26 NOCs won at least one medal, and athletes from 18 of these NOCs secured at least one gold.[1] Germany won the highest number of gold medals (11) and led in overall medals (29) for the third consecutive Games. Latvia and Slovakia won the first medals in their Winter Olympic history.[2]

Speed skater Cindy Klassen of Canada won five medals (one gold, two silver and two bronze) and was the most medalled athlete at the Games. Biathlete Michael Greis of Germany and short track speed skaters Ahn Hyun Soo and Jin Sun-Yu, both of South Korea, tied for the most gold medals, with three each.[3]

Changes in medal standingsEdit

One athlete was stripped of an Olympic medal during these Games.[4] Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva won a silver medal in the 15 km race, but tested positive for carphedon and lost her medal. Germany's Martina Glagow was given the silver medal and fellow Russian Albina Akhatova (who was caught doping[5] in 2009 and missed 2010 Olympics) won the bronze.[6]

IOC retestingEdit

The IOC has retested nearly 500 doping samples that were collected at the 2006 Turin Games. In 2014, the Estonian Olympic Committee was notified by the IOC that a retested sample from cross-country skier Kristina Šmigun had tested positive. On 24 October 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency Athletes' Commission stated that Šmigun, who won two gold medals at the Turin Games, faces a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing before the end of October. If Šmigun were to be stripped of her gold medals, Kateřina Neumannová of Czech Republic could be elevated to gold in the 7.5 + 7.5 km double pursuit event. Marit Bjørgen of Norway could acquire a seventh gold medal in the 10 km classical event.[7]

Medal tableEdit

The medal table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables.[1] By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won, where nation is an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee (NOC). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.

  *   Host nation (Italy)

  *   Host nation (Italy)

1  Germany (GER)1112629
2  United States (USA)99725
3  Austria (AUT)97723
4  Russia (RUS)86822
5  Canada (CAN)710724
6  Sweden (SWE)72514
7  South Korea (KOR)63211
8  Switzerland (SUI)54514
9  Italy (ITA)*50611
10  France (FRA)3249
  Netherlands (NED)3249
12  Estonia (EST)3003
13  Norway (NOR)28919
14  China (CHN)24511
15  Czech Republic (CZE)1214
16  Croatia (CRO)1203
17  Australia (AUS)1012
18  Japan (JPN)1001
19  Finland (FIN)0639
20  Poland (POL)0112
21  Belarus (BLR)0101
  Bulgaria (BUL)0101
  Great Britain (GBR)0101
  Slovakia (SVK)0101
25  Ukraine (UKR)0022
26  Latvia (LAT)0011
Totals (26 nations)848484252

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Turin 2006". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  2. ^ Associated Press (2006-02-26). "Germany, U.S. finish 1-2, many nations share wealth in Turin medals race". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  3. ^ "Great Olympic performances". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  4. ^ "2006–Winter Olympics Games XX (Torino, Italy)". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-05-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Biathalon World Champion Suspended for Doping". Sports Illustrated. February 13, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Russian athlete stripped of medal". BBC Sports. 2006-02-16. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  7. ^ Butler, Nick (24 Oct 2016). "Šmigun-Vähi facing CAS hearing after "positive" retest at Turin 2006". INSIDETHEGAMES.BIZ. Dunsar Media Company Limited. Retrieved 2016-10-24.

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