USA at the Winter Olympic Games

The United States of America (USA) made its first appearance at the Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924. The nation is ranked second behind Norway with the most medals won at the Winter Games and its consistent rivals aside from the Scandinavian nation back then are Soviet Union and East Germany.

The United States has topped the medal board at two editions of the Winter Games in 1932 and 2010 where the nation established a record for the most overall medals with 37.

Many American athletes had stamped their class at the Games.

Speed skater Charlew Jewtraw became the first Winter Olympic gold medalist when he ruled the 500-meter speed skating. Another Speed skater Bonnie Blair is the most bemedaled American athlete with 6.

Eddie Eagan is one of five athletes that have ever captured medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. He was a member of the gold-medal-winning bobsleigh team in 1932 and a boxing champion at the 1920 Winter Games. Another American athlete to bag a medal at both the Winter and Summer Olympics is bob-sledder and track and sprinter Lauryn Williams.

The USA ice hockey team provided one of the most unforgettable moments at the Games when it pulled the rug from under highly-favored Soviet Union to win the gold medal in a match which is now dubbed as the 'Miracle on Ice'.

Debi Thomas became the first black athlete to capture a medal at the Winter Games when he won the bronze medal in figure skating in Calgary in 1998. Vonetta Flowers became the first ever black gold medalist at the Winter Games in the women’s bobsleigh .

The 15-year-old figure skater, Tara Lipinski, became the youngest competitor to capture a gold medal, a mark that was shattered in 2014.


1924 Chamonix


1948 St Moritz

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

Squaw Valley 1960

Grenoble 1968

Lake Placid 1980

Calgary 1988

Lillehammer 1994

Nagano 1998

Salt Lake City 2002

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