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Norway on medal top in Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics in Norway is culture, traditions and even good habits – just like the theme of my blog. In Vancouver, Canada there was a blast of a medal party today, so excuse me for being a bit patriotic, but not to blog (brag :lol: ) about it would be a shame.

Tora Berger Emil Hegle Svendsen
Left: Tora Berger & Right: Emil Hegle Svendsen – both gold medal! (Photo: ScanPix)

My regular readers know I’ve said it before: Norwegians are born with skies on – read one of my posts about it: Ski Museum Proves: Norwegians are born with skis on. For a nation with not more that 4.9 mill inhabitants, it’s not bad to be on the all time top list of medals in the Winter Olympics. Here is the statistics before it started in Vancouver:

Norway: 280 – US: 216 – SovietUnion: 194 – Austria: 185 – Germany: 158 – Finland: 151 – Canada: 119 – Sweden: 118 – Switzerland: 118 – German Dem Republic: 110 – Italy: 101.

Before Vancouver games, Norway had totally 98 gold medals! Today, both for women (Tora Berger) and men (Emil Hegle Svendsen) in Biathlon, we won gold – and even more; a sliver medal (Ole Einar Bjørndalen) too :-)

Update: Up to date medals’ table:

The best Winter Game ever for Norway was at Lillehammer in 1994: Best nation with 26 medals – so you can tell, we have way to go :lol:
I know I’m crazy about winter sports, so bare with me this kind of untraditional post. How about you: Do you follow the Winter Olympics in Canada and what is you’re favourite sport?

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25 Comments

  1. I’m sure Norway’s medal count will increase as the games continue. It wouldn’t surprise me if they take the lead and finish with the most before the games are over. :-)

  2. Be proud. We don’t have television and never follow sports so we just don’t seem to care what the USA is doing. That’s a shame isn’t it? No, it’s not. Just have fun.

    Big hug to you and Diane. :)

  3. Every time I see a Norwegian in this Vancouver Olympics, Renny, I smile, thinking of both you and Tor. You can be very proud of your medal history. I had no idea about the all-time record. YAAAAY for Norway!

  4. I’m longing for winter here!! Way to go, Norway! I’m rooting for France (yes I know, I’m a francophile) though I didn’t watch the Winter Olympics. ;)

  5. I like to watch the winter games, the down sky and the ice skating. I get stressed with the ice skating though always afraid they will fall, but I like the colors, the music and the gracefulness of it plus the technique of course.

  6. I was really thrilled that our country is doing great in Vancouver especially that it started a bit slow, but now medals are like manna falling from heaven!

    Finally, I have internet at our new place now. Btw, do you want me to update your wp?

  7. I really enjoyed seeing Marit finally win gold not once but twice. I am so happy for her because I know she really works hard. I am sorry that it didn’t go as well for the guys today…but the games aren’t over yet.

  8. I love all the Indoor Skating events…..It is all so Beautiful….I do watch some other events, too…But these are my very favorites!
    I know Norway will be garnering more medals before this Olympics is over…..CONGRATULATIONS on all of Norways “wins”…..Gold, Silver and Bronze!

  9. Renny,
    update:
    kan du svare Petunia på hennes spørsmål her:
    http://petuniablogg.blogspot.com/2010/02/abc-i-ord-og-bilder-w.html

    ps. Vi er dritsure på en jury som ikke holder egne regler, ref hopp kombinert, og tilsvarende forbauset over at media ikke løper etter og henger ut juryen på samme måte som de gjorde med Petter Nortug

    Lørdag blir det navne-seremoni i Oslo Rådhus, så da kommer det etterhvert noe fra den sølle bygning og begivenhet.

    To kattunger avlevert i går. Blogget det.

    Ha en flott helg
    T and A

  10. It’s really hard to say. Whenever there is a large fascist government competing in the Olympics they always throw a lot of importance into winning medals. Almost maniacal pursuit that comes from the central government..

  11. Congratulations! Yes, it’s extremely well done considering you’ve got syuch a tiny population. Just like I use to say about Sweden too: it’s fantastic that we even are among the top, considering how mall our countries are!

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