Birthday Medalists

Birthday gold medalists at the Winter Olympics? Was asked yesterday if this has ever occurred. It has, in fact 6 times. Overall, a birthday boy/girl has won a medal 22 times, as follows:

Name X NOC Year Sport Event Med DOB
Madeleine Chamot-Berthod F SUI 1956 ASK Downhill G 1 Feb 1931
Viktor Kosichkin M URS 1960 SSK 5000 m G 25 Feb 1938
Jan Egil Storholt M NOR 1976 SSK 1500 m G 13 Feb 1949
Per-Johan Axelsson M SWE 2006 ICH Ice Hockey G 26 Feb 1975
Cathrine Lindahl F SWE 2010 CUR Curling G 26 Feb 1970
Tae-Beom Mo M KOR 2010 SSK 500 m G 15 Feb 1989
John Garrison M USA 1932 ICH Ice Hockey S 13 Feb 1909
Eugenio Monti M ITA 1956 BOB Two S 28 Jan 1928
Manfred Schumann M FRG 1976 BOB Two S 7 Feb 1951
Tommy Moe M USA 1994 ASK Super G S 17 Feb 1970
Sergey Tarasov M RUS 1994 BIA Relay S 15 Feb 1965
Margit Pörtner F DEN 1998 CUR Curling S 15 Feb 1972
George Karrys M CAN 1998 CUR Curling S 15 Feb 1967
Kateřina Neumannová F CZE 2002 CCS Pursuit S 15 Feb 1973
Irina Lobacheva F RUS 2002 FSK Ice Dancing S 18 Feb 1973
Jens Arne Svartedal M NOR 2006 CCS Sprint S 14 Feb 1976
Marianne St-Gelais F CAN 2010 STK 500 m S 17 Feb 1990
Freddie McEvoy M GBR 1936 BOB Four B 12 Feb 1907
Henry Glaß M GDR 1976 SKJ Large Hill B 15 Feb 1953
Pertti Teurajärvi M FIN 1980 CCS Relay B 20 Feb 1951
Aleksey Kovalyov M RUS 2002 ICH Ice Hockey B 24 Feb 1973

We were also asked if this has occurred or will occur in Sochi. So far, no, but Dutchman Jan Smeekens just missed it with his silver medal in the 500 metres. He turned 27 the next day, 11 February. Hard to predict if it will happen in Sochi. There are 96 entered Winter Olympians in Sochi with a birthday occurring between today and 23 February. We didn’t see any obvious medal contenders on their birthdays, but one never knows.

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