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Winter Olympics Fun Facts

Learn more about the history of the Winter Games

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The Vancouver Olympic medals are among the heaviest in the history of the Games. Above is the 2010 Olympic gold medal.

The Vancouver Olympic medals are among the heaviest in the history of the Games. Above is the 2010 Olympic gold medal.1Speed skater Bonnie Blair holds the American record for most Winter Olympic medals with six.2Liechtenstein became the smallest nation to produce an Olympic gold when Hanni Wenzel won the slalom in 1980.3Miga and Quatchi are two of the mascots of the Vancouver Olympic Games. The mascots are based on mythological characters, including a sea bear, a young Sasquatch and a thunderbird.4In 1960, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Squaw Valley, California. To impress the spectators, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies.5American speed skater Eric Heiden holds the record for most gold medals in a Winter Olympics with five. He won every event he competed in during the 1980 Winter Olympics.6

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