Fun and Interesting Winter Olympic Facts!

December 1, 2009

- The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.

- Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games.

- Because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916 (Summer), 1940, or 1944 (both winter).

- No country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games.

- Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).

- Nobody has won more medals at the Winter Games than cross-country skier Bjorn Dählie of Norway, who has 12.

- The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.

- The 1980 Games in Lake Placid were the first to use artificial snow.


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This blog is the online chronicle of our adventures leading up to, and including, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. We hope to give you a little insight into what went into planning our trip and a first hand look at the Games from the ground in Vancouver.

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