2002 Winter Olympics medal table

2002 Winter Olympics

The 2002 Winter Olympics medal table is a list of National Olympic Committees ranked by the number of medals won during the 2002 Winter Olympics, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States from February 8 to February 24, 2002. A total of 2,399 athletes from 77 countries (+5 from 1998 Olympics) participated in these Games, competing in 78 events (+10 from 1998) in 15 sports and disciplines (+1 from 1998).[1]

Athletes from 24 countries won at least one medal, leaving 53 countries without a medal. Germany led in overall medals (36) for the second consecutive Winter Games.[2] Immediately following the Games, Germany was also the gold medal leader with twelve. Two years later, Norway was awarded two extra gold medals, raising their total to thirteen and giving them the lead.[3] In addition, Norway tied the former Soviet Union in 1976 for most gold medals at a Winter Olympics.[4] This record would later be broken by Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[4] Croatia and Estonia won the first medals and first Gold medals in their Winter Olympic history,[5][6] while Australia and China won their first gold medals.[7][8] With 36 total medals, Germany set a record for most total medals at a Winter Olympics.

Biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway won four gold medals, while Croatian alpine skier Janica Kostelić won three golds and a silver, making them the two athletes with the most medals at the Games.[9]

Changes in medal standings

Due to various controversies, two extra gold medals were awarded. In the figure skating pairs competition, Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia were originally awarded the gold over Jamie Salé and David Pelletier of Canada. In the ensuing controversy, it was revealed that French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne had been pressured into voting for the Russians. Salé and Pelletier were later upgraded to gold.[10] In the cross-country skiing 30 km race, Norwegians Thomas Alsgaard and Frode Estil originally tied for a silver medal behind Spain's Johann Muehlegg.[11] Muehlegg had won three gold medals but tested positive for darbepoetin after winning his third. He was originally allowed to keep the other two gold medals, but two years later was stripped of all medals by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Per Elofsson of Sweden was awarded the bronze.[3] At the same time, Muehlegg was stripped of a gold medal in the 30 km race, with Christian Hoffmann of Austria being upgraded to gold, Mikhail Botvinov of Austria to silver and Kristen Skjeldal of Norway to bronze.[3] Muehlegg also lost his gold in the 50 km race, so Mikhail Ivanov of Russia, Andrus Veerpalu of Estonia and Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset of Norway were upgraded to gold, silver and bronze, respectively.[12]

In women's cross-country skiing, Larisa Lazutina of Russia originally won gold in the 30 km race, but tested positive for darbepoetin and was immediately stripped of her medal, so Gabriella Paruzzi of Italy was awarded the gold, Italian Stefania Belmondo received the silver and Norwegian Bente Skari the bronze. Lazutina won two more medals, and was allowed to keep them until 2003 when she was stripped of them by the Court of Arbitration for sport. She also lost a silver medal in the 15 km race so Kateřina Neumannová of the Czech Republic and Yuliya Chepalova of Russia were upgraded to silver and bronze. In the 10 km pursuit, she was stripped of a silver, so Beckie Scott of Canada was awarded the silver and Kateřina Neumannová of the Czech Republic the bronze.[13] The gold in that race was won by Olga Danilova of Russia but she also tested positive for darbepoetin and in 2004, Scott was upgraded to gold, Neumannova to silver and Viola Bauer of Germany to bronze. Danilova won a silver in the 10 km race, so Julija Tchepalova of Russia was given silver and Stefania Belmondo of Italy the bronze.[3]

Medal table

The medal table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables.[1] By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won, where nation is an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee (NOC). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.

  *   Host nation (United States)

Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 13 5 7 25
2  Germany (GER) 12 16 8 36
3  United States (USA)* 10 13 11 34
4  Canada (CAN) 7 3 7 17
5  Russia (RUS) 5 4 4 13
6  France (FRA) 4 5 2 11
7  Italy (ITA) 4 4 5 13
8  Finland (FIN) 4 2 1 7
9  Netherlands (NED) 3 5 0 8
10  Austria (AUT) 3 4 10 17
11  Switzerland (SUI) 3 2 6 11
12  Croatia (CRO) 3 1 0 4
13  China (CHN) 2 2 4 8
14  South Korea (KOR) 2 2 0 4
15  Australia (AUS) 2 0 0 2
16  Czech Republic (CZE) 1 2 0 3
17  Estonia (EST) 1 1 1 3
18  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 1 2
19  Sweden (SWE) 0 2 5 7
20  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 2 3
21  Japan (JPN) 0 1 1 2
 Poland (POL) 0 1 1 2
23  Belarus (BLR) 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 1 1
Total (24 NOCs) 80 76 78 234


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  10. "Three-year ban for skating judge". BBC Sport. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  11. "Norway demands that IOC strip Lazutina et al. of medals". CBC News. 2002-03-13. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  12. Associated Press (2002-02-24). "Russian, Spaniard Stripped of Gold Medals". Fox News. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  13. Wilson, Stephen (June 29, 2003). "IOC strips Russian cross-country skier of remaining medals". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 2003-06-29.

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