Colorado Wins More Winter Olympic Medals than 78 Countries

Steven Agar | | OlympicsOlympics
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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her first gold medal of the games. Credit: Doug Mills/New York Times

Team USA finished fourth in the country count, with 23 medals: nine gold, eight silver, six bronze. That’s the smallest medal haul in a Winter Olympics since 1998, and without Colorado’s contributions, it would have been much, much grimmer, reports

Coloradans will be bringing home medals in eight individual events: two for skier Mikaela Shiffrin and one apiece for Gerard, Gold, freestyle skier Alex Ferreira, alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, Big Air specialist Kyle Mack and figure skater Mirai Nagasu.
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Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, oldest female alpine skier medalist. Credit: NBC

In addition, two Coloradans earned medals in multi-member events: Lauren Gibbs was part of the silver-medal-winning two-person women’s bobsled duo and goalie Nicole Hensley was on the gold-medal-winning women’s hockey squad.

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Red Gerard after finishing his gold-winning final run. Credit:

Medal-wise, then, Colorado trailed only Norway (39 medals), Germany (31), Canada (29), the U.S., the Netherlands (20), South Korea (17), Olympic Athletes from Russia (17), Switzerland (15), France (15), Sweden (14), Austria (14) and Japan (13), and tied with Italy, which also notched ten.

As for the countries with fewer medals than Colorado, there are a lot of them, 78 in fact.


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