Winter Olympics: The Most Dominant Countries in Bobsled, Luge…and Curling!
One can argue, in terms of popular Winter Olympics sports, behind ice hockey and figure skating, come the bobsled, luge and curling.
Each of those three sports are dominated by three different countries.
Switzerland owns the bobsled with 30 overall medals, about a third more than second-place Germany (21). The United States rounds out the top three with 20 medals of its own. Sochi’s bobsled finals are coming up tomorrow and Sunday.
Germany dominates the luge – and did so again at Sochi, taking another five medals, including four golds (winning every event). The Germans have 36 luge medals in total – seven ahead of the East German nation of the old communist block.
Add both countries together, and the German people have a whopping 65 luge medals, way way way ahead of third place Austria (19) and one more medal than every other country added together (65-64).
Curling has gained in popularity over the last few Winter Olympics. The sport made it’s debut in the 1924 Games, but wasn’t played again until 1998. It’s only been a part of the Olympics since then (five games now, including Sochi, where the Canadians won both the men’s and women’s gold and the Brits and Swedish swiped the remaining medals).
All medals columns below include both the men’s and women’s events – both sexes compete (separately) in all three sports.
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Posted on February 21, 2014, in Olympics and tagged bobsled, canada, countries, curling, dominant, germany, List, luge, medals, most, olympics, switzerland, winter games, winter olympics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.