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Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics

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Governing body  ISU
Events  8 (men: 4; women: 4)
Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics

Short track speed skating has been a contest at the Winter Olympics since the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. Prior to that, it was a demonstration sport at the 1988 games. The results from the 1988 demonstration competition is not included in the official Olympic statistics. The sport has been dominated by teams from Asia and North America, namely South Korea (IOC code KOR), China (CHN), Canada (CAN) and the United States (USA). Those four countries have won 104 of 120 medals awarded since 1992. South Korea leads the medal tally (and gold medal tally), with 37 medals including 19 golds since 1992. All but 8 medals (including 4 golds) that South Korea won at the Winter Olympics came from Short-track speed skating. Similarly, 24 of China's 44 Winter Olympics medals are from the sport.


At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Haralds Silovs of Latvia became the first athlete in Olympic history to participate in both short track (1500m) and long track (5000m) speed skating, and the first to compete in two different disciplines on the same day. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Viktor Ahn became the first short track speedskater to win all four Olympic golds (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m-relay), by winning the 500m event. He won 3 golds in 2014 representing Russia, and 3 in 2006 representing South Korea.


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Medal table

Updated on Feb 27, 2014


  • Viktor Ahn, with 6 gold medals, has the most Olympic golds in short track.
  • Viktor Ahn and Apolo Anton Ohno, with 8 medals each, have the most Olympic medals in short track.
  • References

    Short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics Wikipedia

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