Dutch Speed Skating Dominance

The Netherlands has now won 19 of 27 available speed skating medals. There are 3 events left (women’s 5K and both team pursuits), so there will be 36 medals given out in Sochi for speed skating. The Netherlands has won 70.4% of the medals available for speed skating to date, and if they fail to win any of the final 9 medals (dream on), they will still win 52.8% of all the speed skating medals.

How does this rank at the Winter Olympics? Well, it trails a few performances, but those were in early Games, and usually in sports with only 1 to 3 events available for a nation. Looking at the list below for all nations winning 2/3rds or more of a sports medals at one Winter Olympics, the Netherlands performance is really incomparable. Only the German Democratic Republic’s (East Germany) winning 8 of 9 luge medals in 1972 is in the class, but that is only in 3 events. Finland’s winning 8 of 12 cross-country medals in 1952 is the most comparable, but that is still in only 4 events.

 

Sport Year NOC Won Medals %%%
Nordic Combined 1924 NOR 3 3 100.0%
Nordic Combined 1928 NOR 3 3 100.0%
Nordic Combined 1932 NOR 3 3 100.0%
Ski Jumping 1932 NOR 3 3 100.0%
Nordic Combined 1936 NOR 3 3 100.0%
Ski Jumping 1948 NOR 3 3 100.0%
Luge 1972 GDR 8 9 88.9%
Cross-Country Skiing 1924 NOR 5 6 83.3%
Speedskating 2014 NED 19 27 70.4%
Cross-Country Skiing 1952 FIN 8 12 66.7%
Cross-Country Skiing 1948 SWE 6 9 66.7%
Luge 1988 GDR 6 9 66.7%
Bobsledding 1932 USA 4 6 66.7%
Alpine Skiing 1936 GER 4 6 66.7%
Ski Jumping 1964 NOR 4 6 66.7%
Bobsledding 1980 GDR 4 6 66.7%
Bobsledding 1984 GDR 4 6 66.7%
Ski Jumping 1924 NOR 2 3 66.7%
Bobsledding 1928 USA 2 3 66.7%
Skeleton 1928 USA 2 3 66.7%
Ski Jumping 1928 NOR 2 3 66.7%
Ski Jumping 1936 NOR 2 3 66.7%
Nordic Combined 1948 FIN 2 3 66.7%
Nordic Combined 1952 NOR 2 3 66.7%
Ski Jumping 1952 NOR 2 3 66.7%
Ski Jumping 1956 FIN 2 3 66.7%
Biathlon 1964 SOV 2 3 66.7%
Nordic Combined 1972 GDR 2 3 66.7%
Nordic Combined 1976 GDR 2 3 66.7%
Nordic Combined 1980 GDR 2 3 66.7%
Nordic Combined 1984 FIN 2 3 66.7%

2 thoughts on “Dutch Speed Skating Dominance”

  1. While there are 36 total medals, the best any country could do is win 32. Each country can only enter 1 team in the team events. This would bump up the Dutch percentage even more.

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