Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Race to the podium: U.S. Winter Olympic medals from 1924 to 2010 (24 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 5, 2014

When it comes to collecting Olympic medals, United States athletes dominate the field, claiming 2,652 medals between 1896 and 2012. However, only 253 of those medals come from the Winter Olympics, where the U.S. stands perpetually in second place behind winter sports juggernaut Norway.

Forecasts indicate that the U.S. will again finish behind Norway in the 2014 Sochi Olympics medal count, with The Wall Street Journal predicting that Norway will win 33 medals to America's 32 and statistics experts Infostrada predicting 37 to 29.

It's a tight race in the gold medal hunt, though, both websites say, with Infostrada predicting an American victory with 16 gold medals to Norway's 14 and The Wall Street Journal declaring it a "neck and neck" contest.

As the 2014 Olympic medals race officially begins, here's a look at America's Winter Olympics medal tally from the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix, France, to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Also included are historic videos and photographs from 1924-2010, as well as fun facts about the Games.

Photos: A chronological look at Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies from 1924 to 2010

1 of 24. 1924 - Chamonix, France

Gold: 1

Silver: 2

Bronze: 1

Total: 4

Did you know: The first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, cost less than $28 million in today's dollars, according to American Anders Haugen was the first American skier to medal at the Olympics, but he didn't receive his award until after a mathematical error was discovered — some 50 years later.

>> The U.S. is represented during opening ceremonies for the I Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, Jan. 25, 1924.

2 of 24. 1928 - St. Moritz, Switzerland

Gold: 2

Silver: 2

Bronze: 2

Total: 6

Did you know: The 1928 Winter Olympics marked the return of Germany after the country had been banned from Olympic competitions following World War I. Norwegian skater Sonja Henie won her first gold medal at St. Moritz at the age of 15.

>> William Fiske, driver of the American four-man Olympic bob team and gold medalist at the 1928 games in St. Moritz, seen here in this 1932 photo, gives Mayor James J. Walker of New York some pointers on the working of the speedy 2-man bobsled.

3 of 24. 1932 - Lake Placid, U.S.

Gold: 6

Silver: 4

Bronze: 2

Total: 12

Did you know: According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the two-man bobsled competition was first introduced in 1932, and winners (and brothers) Hubert and Curtis Stevens used the "then highly unorthodox and now illegal" practice of heating their sled's runners with a blowtorch before racing.

>> Driven by Hubert Stevens of Lake Placid, the US two-man Olympic bobsled team photographed at Shady Corner on the two-man events at Lake Placid, NY, February 9, 1932, when the U.S. team established a new world record of 2 minutes 5.88 seconds. Led by Stevens again February 10, the team twice smashed the world record for two-man bobsled to catch Reto Capadrutt, sensational Swiss, in the final two heats of the Olympic competition, and pass him to win a final victory and gold medal for the United States.

4 of 24. 1936 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Gold: 1

Silver: 0

Bronze: 3

Total: 4

Did you know: According to, the 1936 Olympics featured the first symbolic fire to be lit during the Olympic Winter Games. Alpine skiing first appeared as an event as these Olympics, which were the last Winter Games to be held before the outbreak of World War II.

>> Members of the U.S. Olympic teams march behind the American flag into the ski stadium in the snow during opening ceremonies of the IV Winter Olympic Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Feb. 6, 1936. There are 668 athletes participating from 28 nations.

5 of 24. 1940 - Sapporo, Japan

Although the Winter Olympics for 1940 were awarded to Sapporo, Japan, they did not take place due to World War II. Sapporo was awarded the Olympics for a second time after the war, and hosted them in 1972.

>> This aerial view shows Japan's home fleet, arrayed in battle line, on October 29, 1940, off the coast of Yokohama, Japan.
1. Sailor376
Oakland, MI,
Feb. 6, 2014

This entire article is wrong. The Olympics IS and is supposed to be about the spirit of competition, the unity of all. To publicize and divide us into US vs Them is wrong. I don't truly care whether the Russians, or Swedes, or Canada, or the US wins MORE medals. I DO want to see great and wonderful competition from all, and an opportunity to heal the world,,,, not divide it into more and many little pieces. The Olympics are supposed to be about coming together, the Afghan, the Kiwi, and the Canadian, all sharing the podium,,, hopefully, all sharing a beer in the pub afterward. That IS what the Olympics were meant for. All of us, and a beer in the pub afterwards.

It is just plain wrong to degrade it to nationalistic shoe goo.

There is no such thing as 'THEY', there is only 'WE".