Estonia at the Winter Olympics

Estonia first participated at the Winter Olympics in 1928, then again in 1936. From that time until 1992, Estonian athletes competed for the USSR. When the dissolution of the Soviet Union took place in 1991 the nation participated in all of the succeeding Winter Olympic Games starting in 1992 in Albertville France.

Cross-country skiing proved to be the rich and only source of medals for the former Soviet republic as it won 7 medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze) from 1992 to 2014.

The nation’s most successful campaign at the Winter Olympics was in Turin in 2006 where it won a total of three gold medals to snatch 12th place in the medal board.

Notable Estonian cross-country skiers at the Winter Games include Kristina Šmigun-Vähi who won three medals (2 gold and 1 silver) from 2006 to 2010, Jaak Mae who won a bronze medal in 2002 and Andrus Veerpalu who captured 3 medals (2 gold and 1 medal) from 2002 to 2006. Veerpalu became first Estonian Winter Olympic medalist in the Winter Games when he won the gold in the 15-km event in cross-country skiing.


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