10 Famous Olympic Skiers

October 29, 2013

With the Sochi Winter Olympics fast approaching, let’s have a look at ten of the most famous Olympic skiers and how many Olympic medals they’ve won! You will see some old and new faces in the list below with the likes of Lindsey Vonn expected to do well in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Since the very first winter games in Chamonix, the sport has expanded from just plain skiing to include a whole variety of alpine sports from downhill and cross country skiing to skating, ice hockey, ski jumping, speed skating and recent modern additions such as free style skiing and snow boarding. 

This year will mark the first time that the winter games have visited Russia, having been hosting previously by the USA (4 times), 3 times by France and twice each by the following nations, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Italy and Norway.

Take a look at our infographic to see who has been winning the most medals and check out the locations of the recent winter Olympics below.


 

Top Olympic Medal Winners

  • Lindsey Vonn:  United States  Gold medals: 1  Silver medals: none.  Bronze medals: 1      
  • Julia Mancuso:  United States  Gold medals: 1  Silver medals: 2  Bronze medals: none.   
  • Picabo Street:  United States  Gold medals: 1  Silver medals: 1  Bronze medals: none.      
  • Tommy Moe:  United States  Gold medals: 1  Silver medals: 1  Bronze medals: none.      
  • Alberto Tomba:  Italy  Gold medals: 3  Silver medals: 2   Bronze medals: none.      
  • Hermann Maier:  Austria  Gold medals: 2  Silver medals: 1   Bronze medals: 1      
  • Jean-Claude Killy:  France  Gold medals: 3  Silver medals: none.  Bronze medals: none.  
  • Benjamin Raich:  Austria  Gold medals: 2  Silver medals: none.  Bronze medals: 2      
  • Jonny Moseley:  United States (Puerto Rico)  Gold medals: 1  Silver medals: none.  Bronze medals: none.    
  • Bjørn Dæhlie:  Norway  Gold medals: 8  Silver medals: 4   Bronze medals: none.    

Recent Winter Olympic Destinations:

  • 2014 - Sochi Russia
  • 2010 - Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006 - Torino, Italy
  • 2002 - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • 1998 - Nagano, Japan
  • 1994 - Lillehammer, Norway
With this years' games scheduled to run from 7th to 22nd February 2014 there is sure to be plenty of excitement for skiers and snowboarders around the world. We will be back in February to update on the progress of the games.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Olympic_Games