Norway at the Olympics

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Norway at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  NOR
NOC Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Website www.idrett.no (Norwegian)
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Norway first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then, except for the sparsely attended 1904 Games and the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow when they participated in the American-led boycott.

Norwegian athletes have won a total of 148 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, with sailing and shooting as the top medal-producing sports. At the Winter Olympic Games, Norway has won 329 medals (118 gold) — more than any other nation — with cross-country skiing and speed skating as the top sports. Norway is one of only three nations (along with Austria and Liechtenstein) to have won more medals at the Winter Games than at the Summer Games.

The National Olympic Committee for Norway was created and recognized in 1900.


1904 Summer Olympics[edit]

The International Olympic Committee considers Norwegian-American wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen to have competed for the United States; each won a gold medal. In 2012, Norwegian historians however found documentation showing that Ericksen did not receive American citizenship until March 22, 1905, and that Hansen, who was registered as an "alien" as late as 1925, probably never received American citizenship. The historians have therefore petitioned to have the athletes registered as Norwegians.[1][2] In May 2013 it was reported that the Norwegian Olympic Committee had filed a formal application for changing the nationality of the wrestlers in IOC's medal database.[3]

Hosted Games[edit]

Norway has hosted the Games on two occasions.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1952 Winter Olympics Oslo 14 – 25 February 30 694 22
1994 Winter Olympics Lillehammer 12 – 27 February 67 1,737 61

Medal tables by Games[edit]

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Medals by summer sport[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Sailing 17 11 3 31
Shooting 13 8 11 32
Athletics 7 5 8 20
Canoeing 6 4 4 14
Rowing 3 6 5 14
Handball 2 2 1 5
Wrestling 2 2 1 5
Cycling 2 0 2 4
Boxing 1 2 2 5
Gymnastics 1 2 1 4
Football 1 0 2 3
Weightlifting 1 0 0 1
Taekwondo 0 2 0 2
Swimming 0 1 1 2
Equestrian 0 1 0 1
Fencing 0 1 0 1
Tennis 0 0 1 1
Total* 56 47 42 145

Medals by winter sport[edit]

     Leading in that sport

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Cross-country skiing 40 38 29 107
Speed skating 25 28 27 80
Biathlon 15 12 8 35
Nordic combined 13 9 8 30
Alpine skiing 10 9 10 29
Ski jumping 9 9 12 30
Figure skating 3 2 1 6
Freestyle skiing 2 2 4 8
Curling 1 1 1 3
Snowboarding 0 3 1 4
Total* 118 113 101 332

*Total medal counts include three medals – two silver and one bronze – awarded in the figure skating events at the 1920 Summer Olympics. These medals are included in the summer games medal totals and the winter sport medal totals. This is why the totals for summer and winter games do not match the totals for summer and winter sports.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Her er beviset som endrer norsk idrettshistorie". NRK. 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "USA-guld 1904 var Norges". Svenska Dagbladet. 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Norges OL-historie skrives på nytt". Nettavisen. 3 May 2013.