21 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

21 Winter Olympic Games, 2010
Start:
12 Feb 2010
End:
28 Feb 2010
Countries:
82
Athletes:
2622
Sports:
15
Events:
86
City:
Vancouver, Canada

VANCOUVER 2010 - Bid History

  • Initially, four cities were confirmed as candidate cities to host the 21 Winter Olympics - Vancouver, Canada; Salzburg, Austria; PyeongChang, Korea and Bern, Switzerland, but later Bern withdrew its candidature.
  • In July 2003, at the 115th IOC session in Prague, Vancouver, Canada, with 56 votes, was elected in the second round the host 2010 Winter Olympic games. PyeongChang, Korea was the second with 53 votes.

21 Winter Olympic Games, 2010 - Interesting Facts

  • Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean officially opened the 21 Winter Olympic Games 2010. The first Olympic cauldron was lit at BC Place Stadium, and then Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky transported the olympic flame to Jack Poole Plaza to light the second external Olympic cauldron.
  • On 12 February 2010, Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luge slider, was killed in a horror crash during a training run before the start of the Olympics. After this crash, several athletes stated the track was demanding and withdrew from the competition even after the distance was lessened from 1,193 to 953 m (3,910 to 3,130 ft).
  • During the warm-up for the classic sprint Petra MAJDIC, a Slovenian cross-country skier, skied off-course and down a bank into a 3 m (10 ft) deep gully, where she broke five ribs. Despite obvious pain, she took part in the competition and won bronze.
  • Norwegian female skier Marit BJORGEN won 3 gold, one silver, and one bronze medal. Chinese female short-track skater Meng WANG also took three gold medals.
  • Canada broke Winter Olympics record with 14 gold medals.

Winter Olympics 2010 - Medal Table

Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals
Total
1
14
7
5
26
2
10
13
7
30
3
USA
9
15
13
37
4
9
8
6
23
5
6
6
2
14
6
6
0
3
9
7
5
2
4
11
7
5
2
4
11
9
4
6
6
16
10
4
1
3
8
11
3
5
7
15
12
2
3
6
11
13
2
1
9
12
14
2
0
4
6
15
1
3
2
6
16
1
1
3
5
17
1
1
1
3
17
1
1
1
3
19
1
0
0
1
20
0
3
2
5
21
0
2
1
3
21
0
2
1
3
23
0
2
0
2
24
0
1
4
5
25
0
1
0
1
25
0
1
0
1