Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics

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Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg
Governing body ISU
Events 8 (men: 4; women: 4)
Games
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1994 1998
2002 2006 2010 2014
Note: demonstration sport years indicated in italics
Medalists • Records

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 Asia and North America, namely South Korea (IOC code KOR), China (CHN), Canada (CAN) and the United States (USA). Those four countries have won 104 of 120 medals awarded since 1992. South Korea leads the medal tally (and gold medal tally), with 37 medals including 19 golds since 1992. All but 8 medals (including 4 golds) that South Korea won at the Winter Olympics came from Short-track speed skating. Similarly, 24 of China's 44 Winter Olympics medals are from the sport.

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 different disciplines on the same day.[1][2][3][4] At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Viktor Ahn became the first short track speedskater to win all four Olympic golds (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m-relay), by winning the 500m event. He won 3 golds in 2014 representing Russia, and 3 in 2006 representing South Korea.[5]


Events[edit]

= official event, (d) = demonstration event

Event 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 Years
Men's 500 metres (d)   6
Men's 1000 metres (d) 7
Men's 1500 metres (d)       4
Men's 3000 metres (d)              
Men's 5000 metre relay (d) 7
Women's 500 metres (d) 7
Women's 1000 metres (d)   6
Women's 1500 metres (d)       4
Women's 3000 metres (d)              
Women's 3000 metre relay (d) 7
Total events 10 4 6 6 8 8 8 8

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  South Korea (KOR) 21 12 9 42
2  China (CHN) 9 13 8 30
3  Canada (CAN) 8 11 9 28
4  United States (USA) 4 6 9 19
5  Russia (RUS) 3 1 1 5
6  Italy (ITA) 1 3 4 8
7  Japan (JPN) 1 0 2 3
8  Australia (AUS) 1 0 1 2
9  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 2 1 3
10  Great Britain (GBR) 0 0 1 1
 North Korea (PRK) 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 0 1 1
 Unified Team (EUN) 0 0 1 1
Total 48 48 48 144

Updated on Feb 27, 2014

Notes[edit]

Number of athletes by Nation[edit]

Nation 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 Years
 Australia (AUS)                               6 5 5 5 6 2 2 7
 Austria (AUT)                               1 1 2
 Belarus (BLR)                               1 1 2 3
 Belgium (BEL)                               5 4 4 2 1 5
 Bulgaria (BUL)                               1 2 7 1 3 5
 Canada (CAN)                               9 8 8 10 10 10 10 7
 China (CHN)                               5 8 8 9 8 10 10 7
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)                               1 1
 Czech Republic (CZE)                               1 1 1 2 4
 France (FRA)                               8 5 2 4 6 7 4 7
 Germany (GER)                               5 7 10 5 2 5
 Great Britain (GBR)                               5 3 5 5 4 7 5 7
 Hong Kong (HKG)                               2 1 1 1 4
 Hungary (HUN)                               2 6 4 6 8 5
 Israel (ISR)                               1 1 2
 Italy (ITA)                               8 9 9 10 9 9 10 7
 Japan (JPN)                               8 5 11 10 10 8 8 7
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)                               1 1 6 3
 Latvia (LAT)                               1 1 1 3
 Lithuania (LTU)                               1 1
 Mongolia (MGL)                               1 2 2 3
 Netherlands (NED)                               5 5 5 1 3 7 10 7
 New Zealand (NZL)                               4 4 1 1 4
 North Korea (PRK)                               3 6 2 3
 Norway (NOR)                               1 5 2
 Poland (POL)                               1 1 1 3 1 5
 Romania (ROU)                               1 1 1 3
 Russia (RUS)                               6 2 2 3 5 10 6
 Slovakia (SVK)                               1 1 1 3
 South Africa (RSA)                               1 1
 South Korea (KOR)                               6 7 9 10 10 9 10 7
 Sweden (SWE)                               1 1 1 3
 Ukraine (UKR)                               2 1 1 1 4
 Unified Team (EUN)                               6 1
 United States (USA)                               5 8 11 8 10 10 8 7
Nations - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16 19 18 26 24 23 33
Athletes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 86 87 94 111 106 109 389
Year 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. [dead link]
  3. ^ CTV Olympics, "Latvian skater makes Olympic history", Agence France Press, 14 February 2010 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  4. ^ New York Times, "Crosstown Ride to a Speedskating First", Associated Press, 30 January 2010 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  5. ^ a b AP (21 February 2014). "Russia's Ahn wins only short track gold that eluded him: 500m". Fox Sports. 
  6. ^ a b Beth Harris (21 February 2014). "Viktor Ahn of Russia wins 2 short track golds". AP (Yahoo! Sports). 

External links[edit]

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