The Canadian Dufour-Lapointe sisters just went 1-2 in the women’s moguls – Justine winning gold, with Chloe second for silver. Maxime missed out in the second round of the finals. Gold and silver by siblings in an individual event – ever happened before at the Olympics?
This has happened previously several times at the Olympics, includng 6 times at the Winter Olympics, by 5 sets of siblings. Here is the list of times it has occurred:
John / Sumner Paine – pistol shooting 1896
Platt / Ben Adams – athletics standing high jump 1912
Nedo / Aldo Nadi – fencing sabre 1920
Jennison / Jack Heaton – skeleton 1928
Edoardo / Dario Mangiarotti – fencing épée 1952
Raimondo / Piero D’Inzeo – equestrian jumping 1960
Phil / Steve Mahre – Alpine skiing slalom 1984
Philipp / Simon Schoch – snowboard PGS 2006
Christine / Marielle Goitschel – slalom / giant slalom 1964 (x2)
Doris / Angelika Neuner – luge 1992
There have been several other examples of two siblings on an individual podium, notably the Brownlee brothers, Alistair (gold) and Jonathan (bronze), in the men’s triathlon at London in 2012.
Figure Skating Mixed Team Trophy and Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle will also finish tomorrow, Sunday, 9 February. However, these are 2 of the 12 new events and have no background historical or statistical data from the Winter Olympics.
By winning the women’s skiathlon this AM, Marit Bjørgen wins her 4th cross-country skiing gold medal. This moves her into a tie for 6th among all female Winter Olympians with most gold medals won. She still trails:
- Lidiya Skoblikova (URS) – 6 in SSK
- Lyubov Yegorova (EUN/URS) – 6 in CCS
- Claudia Pechstein (GER) – 5 in SSK
- Larisa Lazutina (EUN/RUS) – 5 in CCS
- Bonnie Blair (USA) – 5 in SSK
Sage Kotsenburg won the 1st gold medal of the Sochi Olympics by winning the men’s snowboarding slopestyle event.
He becomes only the 4th USA Olympian to win the first gold medal at a Winter Olympics – here are the others:
- Charlie Jewtraw – 1924 – men’s speed skating 500 metres
- Jack Shea – 1932 – men’s speed skating 500 metres
- Andi Mead-Lawrence – 1952 – women’s alpine giant slalom
Jewtraw’s gold medal was the first gold medal ever awarded at the Winter Olympics.
Three other USA Winter Olympians won a gold medal on the first day of medal competition but they were beaten out by earlier gold medalists. These are as follows:
- Tommy Moe – 1994 – men’s alpine downhill
- Chad Hedrick – 2006 – men’s speed skating 5K
- Hannah Kearney – 2010 – women’s freestyle skiing moguls