Norway at the Olympics

Norway at the
Olympics
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IOC codeNOR
NOCNorwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Websitewww.idrettsforbundet.no (in Norwegian)
Medals
Ranked 9th
Gold
210
Silver
185
Bronze
173
Total
568
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Norway first participated at the Summer Olympics in 1900, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then, except for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow when they participated in the American-led boycott and, as previously thought, the 1904 Games in St. Louis, United States. However, at the beginning of the 21st century, it was discovered that wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen, who were Norwegian expatriates in America whose medals at the 1904 Summer Olympics were previously attributed to United States, still held Norwegian citizenship at the time of the games. They won the gold medals in the wrestling welterweight and heavyweight events respectively.

Norwegian athletes have won a total of 160 medals at the Summer Olympics, with sailing and shooting as the top medal-producing sports. At the Winter Olympic Games, Norway has won 405 total medals including 148 gold medals, both considerably more than any other nation in Winter Olympic history. More than half of these medals have come from cross-country skiing and speed skating. Norway is one of only three nations (along with Austria and Liechtenstein) to have won more medals at the Winter Games than at the Summer Games.

The National Olympic Committee for Norway was created and recognized in 1900.

1904 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee considers Norwegian-American wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen to have competed for the United States (both were Norwegian immigrants to the US); each won a gold medal. In 2012, Norwegian historians however found documentation showing that Ericksen did not receive American citizenship until March 22, 1905, and that Hansen, who was registered as an "alien" (foreigner) as late as 1925, probably never received American citizenship. The historians have therefore petitioned to have the athletes registered as Norwegians.[1][2] In May 2013 it was reported that the Norwegian Olympic Committee had filed a formal application for changing the nationality of the wrestlers in IOC's medal database.[3] In July 2021, the IOC modified data in the official database, recognizing Ericksen and Hansen as having competed for Norway.

Hosted Games

Norway has hosted the Games on two occasions.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1952 Winter Olympics Oslo 14 – 25 February 30 694 22
1994 Winter Olympics Lillehammer 12 – 27 February 67 1,737 61

Medal tables

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Records

  • The most gold and total medals in the history of the Winter Olympics (148 and 405)
  • The most gold medals won in a single Winter Olympics (16 in 2022)
  • The most total medals won in a single Winter Olympics (39 in 2018)

Summary by sport

Athletics

Norway's Olympic debut in 1900 included two track and field athletes; Carl Albert Andersen won a bronze medal in the pole vault.

Games Athletes Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 2 4/23 0 0 1 1
Total 9 6 8 23


Sailing

Norway made its sailing debut in 1908.

Games No. Sailors Events Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1896 Scheduled but event wasn't held
1900 0 0/13 0 0 0 0
1904 Not Scheduled
1908 5 1/4 0 0 0 0
1912 18 3/4 2 0 0 2 1
1916 Games Cancelled
1920 59 11/14 7 3 1 11 1
1924 9 3/3 2 1 0 3 1
1928 10 3/3 1 1 0 2 1
1932 0 0/4 0 0 0 0
1936 14 4/4 0 2 0 2 5
1940 Games Cancelled
1944 Games Cancelled
1948 13 4/5 1 0 0 1 3
1952 12 4/5 1 2 0 3 2
1956 6 2/5 0 0 0 0
1960 9 4/5 1 0 0 1 4
1964 9 4/5 0 0 0 0
1968 11 5/5 0 1 0 1 5
1972 13 6/6 0 0 0 0
1976 6 3/6 0 0 0 0
1980 0 0/6 0 0 0 0
1984 7 4/7 0 0 0 0
1988 7 4/8 0 1 0 1 9
1992 14 8/10 1 0 0 1 6
1996 8 5/10 0 0 1 1 19
2000 9 5/11 0 0 1 1 13
2004 8 5/11 1 0 0 1 8
2008 9 6/11 0 0 0 0
2012 6 5/10 0 0 0 0
2016 6 5/10 0 0 0 0
2020 8 6/10 0 0 1 1 16
Total 17 11 4 32 3

Shooting

Norway made its shooting debut in 1900. Ole Østmo earned medals in two of the free rifle positions, contributing to an individual three-position bronze and a team silver.

Games Shooters Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1900 Paris 5 5/9 0 2 2 4
Total 13 8 11 32

See also

References

  1. ^ "Her er beviset som endrer norsk idrettshistorie". NRK. 14 August 2012.
  2. ^ "USA-guld 1904 var Norges". Svenska Dagbladet. 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Norges OL-historie skrives på nytt". Nettavisen. 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Team Norway - Profile | Beijing 2022 Olympics". Archived from the original on 2022-02-12. Retrieved 2022-02-12.

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