Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games

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The Salt Lake City 2002  Olympic Winter Games 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 an Olympic Winter Games and Germany’s 36 total medals were an Olympic Winter 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 Olympic Winter 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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