Norway at the Winter Olympic Games

Norway made its debut at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympic Games and has taken part at all Winter Olympics since then. The Scandinavian nation is a powerhouse in cross-country skiing, speed skating, biathlon, Nordic combine, alpine skiing and ski jumping. It is the most successful of all countries at the Winter Olympic Games, having won the most number of medals.

The Nordic nation happens to be one of only three countries alongside Austria and Liechtenstein to capture more medals at the Winter Games than at the Summer Games and have won the most number of medals ever nudging out sporting powers such as the United States, Russia and Germany.

Cross-country skier Bjorn Dählie has won the most medals by any athlete at the Winter Olympic Game with 12 medals (eight gold) tucked on his belt.

Jacob Tullin Thams is one of only five athletes to have ever captured medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. He also earned the distinction of winning the nation’s first Olympic ski jumping gold medal in 1924 and was a member of 8-meter sailing team that won a silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games.

Norwegian Sonja Henie won three consecutive gold medals in figure skating, winning the first at the St Moritz Winter Olympics in 1928 at the age of 15.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is regarded as the most successful athlete in the history of Winter Games as he won a total of 13 medals (8 of them are gold). On the female side, Marit Bjoergen became the nation’s most successful female athlete with 10 medals (6 of them gold).

At the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympic Games, Norway finally edged out the mighty Soviet Union with the most medals won at the Winter Games.


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