- 19 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
Aamodt and Kostelic writing a page of Olympic history
Kietil Andre Aamodt and Janica Kostelic wrote a page of Olympic history yesterday, setting records in Sestriere and San Sicario Fraiteve. With his gold medal win in the Alpine super G, the Norwegian veteran has increased his number of Olympic medals to eight: four gold, two silver and two bronze. Janica Kostelic is the first female Alpine skier to win four gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games.
Time space of 16 years
Before yesterday’s victory, Aamodt was already the Alpine skier who has won most Olympic medals. He is followed in the overall medal standings for men’s Alpine skiing by Aberto Tomba from Italy and Lasse Kjus from Norway, who have both won five medals. Aamodt won his first Olympic gold medal at the Winter Games in Albertville in 1992. There have been other athletes who have won Olympic medals in a time space of 20 years: John Heaton (USA), luge, 1928-1948, and Richard Torriani (ITA), ice hockey, 1928-1948.
Four different editions
Aamodt is also the first Alpine skier to win Olympic medals at four different editions of the Games: Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Salt Lake City 2002 and Torino 2006. So far only two athletes have won Olympic medals at five editions: Georg Hackl (GER), luge, and Harri Kirvesniemi (FIN), cross-country skiing. Seven other athletes have won medals at four different editions of the Olympic Winter Games.
Record of four gold medals
Janica Kostelic has broken another Olympic record: she is the first female Alpine skier to win four gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games. She is followed in this medal tally by Vreni Schneider and Katja Seizinger who both won three Olympic gold medals. The record win of gold medals for women at the Olympic Winter Games stands at six with Lydia Skoblikova (URS), speed skating, and Lyubov Egorova (EUN/RUS), cross-country skiing. Two other female athletes won five gold medals.
Records and medals at the Olympic Games
www.olympic.org offers several possibilities to get an overview of medal winners and medal statistics: check out the factsheet on records and medals; the results section of the web site; and the profiles of the record holders and medal winners.