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Norway vs. Sweden at Sochi 2014: Wax on, or gloves off?. Norwegians can be proud of their string of OWG victories, winning six OWGs over the last 90 years. Sweden has never won any, but appearances can be slightly deceptive. Norway is currently ahead of their Swedish peers at Sochi 2014 with double the number of medals (18-9). The Swedes’ medals’ count over time is 129 against Norway’s 103, however – this does not include the 1948 OWG in Switzerland’s St. Moritz, where Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland ‘tied’ with 10 medals-a-piece.

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Norway vs. Sweden at Sochi 2014: Wax on, or gloves off?

Published on Wednesday, 19th February, 2014 at 13:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd February 2014 at 01:21.

Norwegians can be proud of their string of OWG victories, winning six OWGs over the last 90 years. Sweden has never won any, but appearances can be slightly deceptive.

Olympic rings at Sochi 2014
Olympic rings at Sochi 2014
Photo: Sochi 2014 Press Office/Flickr


Norway is currently ahead of their Swedish peers at Sochi 2014 with double the number of medals (18-9).

The Swedes’ medals’ count over time is 129 against Norway’s 103, however – this does not include the 1948 OWG in Switzerland’s St. Moritz, where Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland ‘tied’ with 10 medals-a-piece.

Moreover, the global context of countries competing in OWGs since 1924 gives a slightly different picture.

This year’s host nation Russia (former Soviet Union) has won a third of the time during the 21 OWGs since they began in 1924, securing 159 medals. These wins were in 1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1976, 1984, and 1988.

The medals count for East Germany/Germany, second on the OWG podium of history, is 143 with five OWG victories – in 1980, 1992, 1998, 2002, and 2006, respectively.

And whilst the Norway-Sweden inter-Scandinavian wax rivalry continues in the Sochi ring, here are the ‘did-you-knows’ on the medals outside it:

1924: Norway 17 – 2 Sweden. Norway wins in Chamonix, France (17 medals).
1928: Norway 15 – 5 Sweden. Norway wins in St. Moritz, Switzerland (15 medals).
1932: Norway 10 – 3 Sweden. America wins at Lake Placid, US (12 medals).
1936: Norway 10 – 7 Sweden. Norway wins in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (10 medals).
1948: Norway 10 – 10 Sweden. Norway, Sweden, Switzerland tie in St. Moritz. (10 medals each).
1952: Norway 16- 4 Sweden. Norway wins in Oslo. (16 medals).
1956: Norway 4 – 10 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (16 medals).
1960: Norway 6 – 7 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Squaw Valley, US (21 medals).
1964: Norway 15 – 7 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Innsbruck, Austria (25 medals).
1968: Norway 14 – 8 Sweden. Norway wins in Grenoble, France (14 medals).
1972: Norway 12 – 4 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Sapporo, Japan (16 medals).
1976: Norway 7 – 2 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Innsbruck (27 medals).
1980: Norway 10 – 4 Sweden. East Germany wins at Lake Placid (23 medals).
1984: Norway 9 – 8 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Sarajevo – then Yugoslavia, now Bosnia-Herzegovina (25 medals).
1988: Norway 5 – 6 Sweden. Soviet Union wins in Calgary, Canada (29 medals).
1992: Norway 20 – 4 Sweden. Germany wins in Albertville, France (26 medals).
1994: Norway 26 – 3 Sweden. Norway wins at Lillehammer (26 medals).
1998: Norway 25 – 3 Sweden. Germany wins in Nagano, Japan (29 medals).
2002: Norway 25 – 7 Sweden. Germany wins at Salt Lake City, US (36 medals).
2006: Norway 19 – 14 Sweden. Germany wins in Torino, Italy (29 medals).
2010: Norway 23 – 11 Sweden. America wins in Vancouver, Canada (37 medals).

(Source: Wikipedia).                      

Beanies off to the winners, ladies and gentlemen.



Published on Wednesday, 19th February, 2014 at 13:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd February 2014 at 01:21.

This post has the following tags: sochiolympics, sochi2014, wax, skiing.





  
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