Winter Sports Facts
250 athletes coming from 16 nations competed in the 16 events of the first Winter Olympics.
Bobsleighs can attain speeds of over 100 mph.
The state sport of Alabama is figure skating.
Ice hockey is nicknamed 'The Fastest Game on Earth'
The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.
The oldest Olympic medalist received his medal at age 83. His name was Anders Haugen and he was a ski-jumper. He competed in 1924, but because of a scoring error he did not receive his bronze medal until 1974, 50 years after he should have received it.
The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was founded in 1923.
There are three types of speed skating including long track speed skating, short track speed skating and marathon speed skating.
When asked why he didn’t win gold in cross country at the 2010 olympics, norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset said, “i think i have seen too much porn in the last 14 days.”
American figure skater Tara Lipinski brought home the gold at age 15 at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.
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