Netherlands Speed Skating Dominance

With its medal sweep in today’s women’s 1,500 metre speed skating, the Netherlands has now won 16 medals in speed skating (long-track) at Sochi. If you include short-track, all 17 of their medals in Sochi have come in speed skating.

This is a new record for the most medals won by a nation in a single sport at the Winter Olympics. The previous record was 14 by Austria in 2006 Alpine Skiing, with the Soviet Union winning 13 in cross-country skiing in 1988 and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) also winning 13 in 1988, in speed skating. Here are all the times a nation has won 10 or more medals in a single sport at one Winter Olympics.

 

NOC Year Sport G S B TM
Netherlands 2014 Speedskating 5 5 6 16
Austria 2006 Alpine Skiing 4 5 5 14
Soviet Union 1988 Cross-Country Skiing 5 5 3 13
German Demo. Rep. 1988 Speedskating 3 6 4 13
Soviet Union 1960 Speedskating 6 3 3 12
Soviet Union 1964 Speedskating 5 5 2 12
German Demo. Rep. 1984 Speedskating 4 4 3 11
Switzerland 1988 Alpine Skiing 3 4 4 11
Germany 1992 Speedskating 5 3 3 11
Austria 1998 Alpine Skiing 3 4 4 11
Netherlands 1998 Speedskating 5 4 2 11
Norway 2002 Cross-Country Skiing 5 2 4 11
Germany 2006 Biathlon 5 4 2 11
Soviet Union 1976 Cross-Country Skiing 4 2 4 10
Korea 2006 Short-Track Speedskating 6 3 1 10

 

In the women’s 1,500 metres today, the Netherlands actually went 1-2-3-4. This was the 3rd medal sweep by the Netherlands in speed skating at these Olympics, making it the first nation to ever sweep the medals 3 times at a Winter Olympics.

No, it is not the first time that a nation has swept places1-4 at the Winter Olympics – its actually the 7th time this has happened. But it is the first time it has happened in speed skating. The other 6 times were as follows:

 

Sport Year ORISCode Gdr NOC
Cross-Country Skiing 1924 50 kilometres M NOR
Cross-Country Skiing 1936 50 kilometres M SWE
Cross-Country Skiing 1960 10 kilometres F URS
Luge 1972 Singles M GDR
Nordic Combined 1924 Individual M NOR
Nordic Combined 1932 Individual M NOR

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