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.
|Soviet Union||1988||Cross-Country Skiing||5||5||3||13|
|German Demo. Rep.||1988||Speedskating||3||6||4||13|
|German Demo. Rep.||1984||Speedskating||4||4||3||11|
|Soviet Union||1976||Cross-Country Skiing||4||2||4||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:
|Cross-Country Skiing||1924||50 kilometres||M||NOR|
|Cross-Country Skiing||1936||50 kilometres||M||SWE|
|Cross-Country Skiing||1960||10 kilometres||F||URS|