Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games

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The Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics set attendance records for a Winter Games, selling more than 1.5 million tickets and attracting a daily average of more than 70,000 fans per day.


Norway’s 13 gold medals tied the Soviet Union in 1976 for most gold medals won in a Winter Olympic Games and Germany’s 36 total medals were a Winter Olympic Games record. Non-traditional sports such as Moguls, Aerials and Snowboarding emerged as popular sports. Athletes from 18 different nations won gold medals, including the first-ever Winter Olympic Games gold medals for China and Australia.

Olympic Highlights

  • Nations: 78
  • Athletes: 2,390 (1,513 men, 886 women)
  • Disciplines: 15
  • Medal Count: Germany 36 (12 gold, 16 silver, 8 bronze); United States 34 (10 gold, 13 silver, 11 bronze); Norway 25 (13 gold, 5 silver, 7 bronze)
  • New Sports: women’s bobsled, skeleton (first time since 1948)
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