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From left to right: Tina Maze of Slovenia (silver), Andrea Fischbacher of Austria (gold) and Lindsey Vonn of the United States (bronze) with the medals they earned in women's super-G in alpine skiing.

The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from February 12 to February 28. A total of 2,632 athletes (+124 from 2006 Olympics) representing 82 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) (+2 from 2006) participated in 86 events (+2 from 2006) from 15 different sports and disciplines (unchanged from 2006).[1]

Athletes from 26 NOCs won at least one medal, and athletes from 19 of these NOCs secured at least one gold. For the first time, Canada won a gold medal at an Olympic Games it hosted, having failed to do so at both the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In contrast to the lack of gold medals at these previous Olympics, the Canadian team finished first overall in gold medal wins,[2] and became the first host nation—since Norway in 1952—to lead the gold medal count, with 14 medals. In doing so, it also broke the record for the most gold medals won by a NOC at a single Winter Olympics (the previous was 13, set by the Soviet Union in 1976 and matched by Norway in 2002).[3] The United States placed first in total medals—its second time doing so in a Winter Games—and set a new record for most medals won by a NOC at a single Winter Olympics, with 37 (the previous record was 36, established by Germany in 2002).[2] Athletes from Slovakia and Belarus won the first Winter Olympic gold medals for their nations.[4][5]

Cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen from Norway won five medals (three gold, one silver, one bronze), more than any other athlete. Chinese short track speed skater Wang Meng tied Bjørgen for the lead in gold medals, with three.[6]

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Medal tableEdit

 
From left to right: Kerstin Szymkowiak of Germany (silver), Amy Williams of Great Britain (gold) and Anja Huber of Germany (bronze) with the medals they earned in women's skeleton.
 
From left to right: Martins Dukurs of Latvia (silver), Jon Montgomery of Canada (gold), and Aleksandr Tretyakov of Russia (bronze) with the medals they earned in men's skeleton.

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. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won, where a 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.

In the men's individual biathlon competition, two silver medals were awarded for a second-place tie, so no bronze medal was awarded for that event.[7]

  *   Host nation (Canada)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Canada (CAN)*147526
2  Germany (GER)1013730
3  United States (USA)9151337
4  Norway (NOR)98623
5  South Korea (KOR)66214
6  Switzerland (SUI)6039
7  China (CHN)52411
  Sweden (SWE)52411
9  Austria (AUT)46616
10  Netherlands (NED)4138
11  Russia (RUS)35715
12  France (FRA)23611
13  Australia (AUS)2103
14  Czech Republic (CZE)2046
15  Poland (POL)1326
16  Italy (ITA)1135
17  Belarus (BLR)1113
  Slovakia (SVK)1113
19  Great Britain (GBR)1001
20  Japan (JPN)0325
21  Croatia (CRO)0213
  Slovenia (SLO)0213
23  Latvia (LAT)0202
24  Finland (FIN)0145
25  Estonia (EST)0101
  Kazakhstan (KAZ)0101
Totals (26 nations)868785258

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Olympic Medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze". Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
Specific
  1. ^ "The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: By the numbers". Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. VANOC. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "U.S. clinches medals mark, Canada ties gold record". The Washington Times. Vancouver. The Associated Press. February 27, 2010. Archived from the original on March 3, 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Canadian Press (February 27, 2010). "Canada sets Olympic gold record". CBC Sports. Archived from the original on March 3, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Anastazia Kuzmina wins Slovakia first winter crown". The Australian. February 14, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  5. ^ Charles, Deborah (February 26, 2010). "Grishin Grabs First Gold For Belarus". Reuters. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (February 28, 2010). "Fighting Finish to the Comeback Olympics". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Morris, Jonah (February 18, 2010). "Svendsen seals golden sweep for Norway". CTV Olympics. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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