Olympic Medal Inflation: Triumph Has Never Been Easier

Norway has already won 18 medals at the Sochi Olympics, one better than the nation’s medal haul from the very first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France. In terms of dominance, however, the modern-day feat can’t come close to Norway’s Winter Olympics debut. The 1924 games featured a grand total of 16 events, and after accounting for a tie for bronze, that meant only 49 medals in total. Norway took home 35 percent of the entire possible haul, truly a dominant showing. The other 32 medals were split among nine different countries.

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