Medal History Was Made This 2022 Winter Olympics


Takeru Otsuka of Team Japan in the men’s snowboard big air qualifications Courtesy of AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

In the 2022 Winter Olympics, medal history was made in more ways than one.  

Norway broke the record of having the most gold medals ever in a single Olympic Games with a staggering 16 gold medals. They also gathered the most medals in this year’s games by capturing a total of 37, which was the most out of any country. 

However, the United States went through some adversity during the Olympics. It took the U.S. five days to achieve their first gold medal. The women’s hockey team lost to their rivals, Canada, in the finals and placed second, receiving a silver medal.  

Even though Team USA placed fourth in the world with only eight gold medals and 25 in total, our country made history. Elana Meyers Taylor achieved her fifth gold medal, which made her the most decorated African American Winter Olympian. The U.S. also won its first ever gold medal for the mixed teams arial event. Mixed team snowboarding also made its first ever appearance in the Olympics this year and Team USA achieved the first gold medal in mixed snowboard cross.  

The top five in the 2022 Winter Olympics  

  1. Norway with 16 gold and 37 medals total 
  1. Germany with 12 gold and 27 medals total
  1. China with 9 gold and 15 medals total 
  1. United States with 8 gold and 25 medals total
  1. Sweden with 8 gold and 18 medals total