Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics

Short track speed skating has been a contest at the Winter Olympics since the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. Prior to that, it was a demonstration sport at the 1988 games. The results from the 1988 demonstration competition is not included in the official Olympic statistics. The sport has been dominated by teams from East Asia and North America, namely South Korea (IOC code KOR), China (CHN), Canada (CAN) and the United States (USA). Those four countries have won 134 of 168 medals awarded since 1992. South Korea leads the medal tally (and gold medal tally), with 42 medals including 21 golds since 1992. The majority of medals that South Korea won at the Winter Olympics came from short-track speed skating. Similarly, most of the China's Winter Olympics medals are from the sport.

Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics
Governing bodyISU
Events8 (men: 4; women: 4)
Games
  • 1924
  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1952
  • 1956
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1976
Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Haralds Silovs of Latvia became the first athlete in Olympic history to participate in both short track (1500m) and long track (5000m) speed skating, and the first to compete in two disciplines on the same day.[1][2][3][4] After winning the 500m event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Viktor Ahn became the first short track speedskater to have won gold medals in all four short track disciplines (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m-relay). He had won 3 golds in 2014 representing Russia, and 3 in 2006 representing South Korea.[5]

Events

Men's

= official event, (d) = demonstration event

Event242832364852566064687276808488929498020610141822Years
500 metres(d)7
1000 metres(d)8
1500 metres(d)5
3000 metres(d)0
5000 metre relay(d)8
Total events523344444

Women's

= official event, (d) = demonstration event

Event242832364852566064687276808488929498020610141822Years
500 metres(d)8
1000 metres(d)7
1500 metres(d)5
3000 metres(d)0
3000 metre relay(d)8
Total events523344444

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 South Korea (KOR)24131148
2 China (CHN)1015833
3 Canada (CAN)9121233
4 United States (USA)47920
5 Russia (RUS)3115
6 Italy (ITA)24511
7 Netherlands (NED)1225
8 Japan (JPN)1023
9 Australia (AUS)1012
10 Hungary (HUN)1001
11 Bulgaria (BUL)0213
12 Great Britain (GBR)0011
 North Korea (PRK)0011
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)0011
 Unified Team (EUN)0011
Totals (15 nations)565656168

Updated on Feb 22, 2018

Notes

Number of athletes by nation

Nation242832364852566064687276808488929498020610141822Years
 Australia (AUS)               655562228
 Austria (AUT)               112
 Belarus (BLR)               11214
 Belgium (BEL)               5442126
 Bulgaria (BUL)               127135
 Canada (CAN)               98810101010108
 China (CHN)               588981010108
 Czech Republic (CZE)               111215
 Unified Team (EUN)               61
 France (FRA)               852467448
 Germany (GER)               57105226
 Great Britain (GBR)               535547558
 Hong Kong (HKG)               21114
 Hungary (HUN)               26468106
 Israel (ISR)               1113
 Italy (ITA)               89910991078
 Japan (JPN)               8511101088108
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)               11674
 South Korea (KOR)               6791010910108
 Latvia (LAT)               11124
 Lithuania (LTU)               11
 Mongolia (MGL)               1223
 Netherlands (NED)               55513710107
 New Zealand (NZL)               44114
 Norway (NOR)               152
 Poland (POL)               1113136
 North Korea (PRK)               36224
 Romania (ROU)               1113
 South Africa (RSA)               11
 Russia (RUS)               622351077
 Singapore (SGP)               11
 Slovakia (SVK)               1113
 Sweden (SWE)               1113
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)               11
 Ukraine (UKR)               21114
 United States (USA)               581181010888
Nations---------------1619182624232522
Athletes---------------868794111106109116115
Year2428323648525660646872768084889294980206101418

See also

References

  1. "Latvia's quick-change artist makes Olympic history". Toronto Star. 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  2. Harris, Beth (2010-02-13). "Latvian speedskater is 1st to do double duty". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  3. CTV Olympics, "Latvian skater makes Olympic history" Archived March 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Agence France Press, 14 February 2010 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  4. New York Times, "Crosstown Ride to a Speedskating First" Archived February 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press, 30 January 2010 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  5. AP (21 February 2014). "Russia's Ahn wins only short track gold that eluded him: 500m". Fox Sports.
  6. Beth Harris (21 February 2014). "Viktor Ahn of Russia wins 2 short track golds". AP. Yahoo! Sports.

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