Winter Olympic Facts You Didn't Know

Buzzfeed has put together a list of facts about the Winter Olympics that are kind of mind blowing. Check out some of our favorites below! Click here to read more. 

  • The biatholon is the only winter Olympic event the US has not medaled in

    • The biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
  • 10,004 people were paid to watch the Olympics in 1924

    • It was the first Winter Olympics, so people in France were paid to watch it to ensure it would be a success
  • Two separate US men’s hockey teams arrived at the 1948 Olympics

    • Two separate hockey teams (backed by rival hockey associations) arrived at the 1948 St. Moritz Winter Games, each claiming to be the rightful participant on America's behalf.
  • The PyeongChang Winter Olympics cost $10 billion and is still not the most expensive Winter Olympics

  • The youngest competitor in Winter Olympics history was 11 years old

    • Representing Great Britain, figure skater Cecilia Colledge was only 11 years old when she competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics.
  • The oldest competitor in Winter Olympics history was 58 years old

    • Representing Sweden, curler Carl August Kronlund (left) was 58 years old when he competed in the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924.
  • Only 36 countries (out of 195 countries in the world) have won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics

    • Only 44 countries have ever won a medal of any type in the Winter Olympics
  • And the Olympic Village has provided athletes with condoms since the 1988 Games

    • At the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, 110,000 condoms will be handed out to 2,925 athletes. That's about 37 per athlete.
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