The Winter Olympics 2022 are set to take place from February 4-20 in Beijing, China. The games will include a record number of events – a total of 109 across 15 disciplines in seven different sports – with each nation having its own strengths and weaknesses.
Canada is one of the leading nations in winter sports and their Olympic team will be hoping to continue their strong recent record. Prior to the 2010 games on home soil in Vancouver, they had never claimed more than seven golds, but they topped the medal table that year with 14.
While that remains their best performance, 2018 saw Canadian athletes register a record tally of 29 medals in total and their third successive double-digit haul of golds (11).
Which nations have won the most medals?
Over the last five Winter Olympic games – from 2002 to 2018 – Canada has the fourth-highest combined medal total of any nation with 121. Only the United States, Germany and Norway have more, but Canada actually ranks second for golds. The Canadian tally of 49 gold medals over the last 20 years can only be bettered by Germany’s 55.
Where have Canada’s medals come from?
Canada’s total of 121 medals over the last five iterations of the games – an average of just over 24 – have come from 12 different disciplines. Speed skating has provided the highest proportion of these: 54 across both the short and longer track events. However, only 12 of these have been golds: six apiece.
While freestyle skiing has only accounted for 22 medals in total, half of these have been gold. This includes three consecutive wins in both the women’s ski cross and men’s moguls, so Canadian hopes will be high in these events once again.
Ice hockey has provided seven gold medals thanks to both the men’s and women’s teams excelling, but the absence of NHL players at the Winter Olympics 2022 could impose a ceiling on the former’s prospects.
Which events has Canada performed best in?
There are 10 events which have yielded at least four medals for Canadian athletes during the last five winter games. The men’s 500 metres in short track speed skating leads the way with six – two of each colour – while the women’s ice hockey tournament is the only event to yield four golds.
Several events have produced three gold medals apiece: including the aforementioned women’s ski cross and men’s moguls, along with the male ice hockey tournament.
Curling has been another gold mine, with the men’s team successful in 2006, 2010 and 2014, while the women also prevailed in Sochi. Bwin have Canada among the favourites to prevail in both the men’s and women’s curling events at the Winter Olympics 2022!
If these fail to deliver, then the women’s moguls could fill the gap based on a healthy return of two golds and three silvers over the last 20 years.
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