20,000 Winter Olympians and 100,000 Male Olympians

There are about 2,950 athletes entered here in PyeongChang (PC). Of these 1,689 have never before competed at an Olympic Games.

This brings the total number of Olympians (since 1896) over a few landmarks. The following now assumes that all 1,689 new Olympians will compete in PC, which is probably not exactly the case.

The number of Winter Olympians will now top 20,000 for the first time, reaching about 20,705. So some new Olympian in PC will become the 20,000th Winter Olympian – who will it be? Actually, it will be very hard to say, because to date, there have currently been 19,016 Winter Olympians through 2014. So of the 1,014 new Winter Olympians likely to compete, it will be the 984th to enter the start gate. If you’d like to try to track that let us know.

Further the number of male Olympians, summer and winter, will top 100,000 for the first time, likely reaching about 100,997 if all 1,014 new male Olympians compete in PC. This is trackable and it will likely be possible to determine who is the 100,000th male Olympian. To date, there have been 99,983 male Olympians, so the 17th new male competitor to get to the starting line will be the 100,000th male Olympian.

Who will that be? This morning there were 4 mixed doubles curling matches, with 8 men competing. Six of those 8 men are new Olympians, bringing us to 99,989 male Olympians all-time, as of noontime, PyeongChang time..

Men’s normal hill ski jump qualifying takes place tonite. There will likely be 60 competitors (62 at Sochi in this event phase), and of those, about 20 will be new Olympians – as I write this the start list as not yet been announced.

The 11th new Olympian in the men’s normal hill ski jump qualifying tonite will become the 100,000th male Olympian. That should be relatively easy to determine as the ski jumpers go off one at a time. Once I get that start list, I’ll update this.

Sochi Medals Revisited – Again

Today’s CAS ruling puts all Sochi results and purported Sochi results and updates into chaos.

Here is what the original medal standings looked like at the end of the Sochi Olympics (top 5 places only).

Original NOC G S B TM USRnk EuRnk
23-Feb-14 RUS 13 11 9 33 1 1
23-Feb-14 USA 9 7 12 28 2 4
23-Feb-14 NOR 11 5 10 26 3 2
23-Feb-14 CAN 10 10 5 25 4 3
23-Feb-14 NED 8 7 9 24 5 5

After the Oswald Commission rulings, fully released by 22 December 2017, the Russians lost 13 medals from Sochi, as follows:

Class Sport Year Event Place
M CCS 2014 50K 1
M SKE 2014 Skeleton 1
M BOB 2014 2-man 1
M BOB 2014 4-man 1
M CCS 2014 4x10relay 2
M CCS 2014 50K 2
M CCS 2014 Team Sprint 2
X LUG 2014 Mixed Relay 2
M LUG 2014 Singles 2
F SSK 2014 500 2
F BIA 2014 Relay 2
F BIA 2014 7.5 km 2
F SKE 2014 Skeleton 3

This changed the Sochi medals table to the following:

22 Dec 2017 NOC G S B TM USRnk EuRnk
22-Dec-17 USA 9 7 12 28 1 3
22-Dec-17 NOR 11 5 10 26 2 1
22-Dec-17 CAN 10 10 5 25 3 2
22-Dec-17 NED 8 7 9 24 4 5
22-Dec-17 RUS 9 3 8 20 5 4

After today’s ruling by CAS, at least 9 of the 13 Russian medals will likely be restored. The following should be restored:

Class Sport Year Event Place
M RUS CCS 2014 50K 1
M RUS SKE 2014 Skeleton 1
M RUS CCS 2014 4x10relay 2
M RUS CCS 2014 50K 2
M RUS CCS 2014 Team Sprint 2
X RUS LUG 2014 Mixed Relay 2
M RUS LUG 2014 Singles 2
F RUS SSK 2014 500 2
F RUS SKE 2014 Skeleton 3

Four medals DQs have not yet changed. The 2-man bobsled gold medal will remain disqualified as both Aleksandr Zubkov and Aleksey Voyevoda’s DQs were upheld, although their lifelong Olympic bans were reversed. The women’s biathlon relay silver remains removed, as does the women’s biathlon 7.5 km silver, as Olga Zaytseva and Olga Vilukhina have not had their appeals heard yet. The 4-man bobsled gold medal is in no man’s land. Zubkov and Voyevoda were part of that gold medal sled, and were disqualified, but the other two pushers, Dmitry Trunenkov and Aleksey Negodaylo, were both exonerated.

With the CAS rulings, 9 medals – 2 golds, 6 silvers, and 1 bronze – will be restored to the Russians from Sochi. This makes the current top of the medal standings for Sochi look like the following:

Current NOC G S B TM USRnk EuRnk
1-Feb-18 RUS 11 9 9 29 1 1
1-Feb-18 USA 9 7 12 28 2 4
1-Feb-18 NOR 11 5 10 26 3 2
1-Feb-18 CAN 10 10 5 25 4 3
1-Feb-18 NED 8 7 9 24 5 5

By either the US system (medals-gold-silver-bronze) or the International / European system (gold-silver-bronze) of medal rankings, the Russian team returns to the top of the medal standings in Sochi.