GB and the Winter Olympics

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Team Great Britain don't have the best of records in the Winter Olympics as we are not really regarded as a set of winternations .In Total team GB have competed in 24 Winter Olympics and we have won a total of 34 medals.

GB and the Winter Olympics

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Hopefully, the 2026 Winter Olympics will be better than Beijing 2022, where Team GB only came away with two medals. It was a poor performance after the relative success of Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018. The bookmakers will be covering a range of Winter Olympic sports allowing all of us to place bets on the 2026 games. 


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Gold Medals

Great Britain have won 12 Gold Medals in the Winter Olympics.

YEARHOSTEVENTENTRANT
1924ChamonixCurling (Men)John T. S. Robertson-Aikman (captain), William K. Jackson, Robin Welsh, Thomas Murray, Laurence Jackson, John McLeod, William Brown & D. G. Astley
1936Garmisch-PartenkirchenIce HockeyCarl Erhardt (Captain), James Foster, Gordon Dailley, Archibald Stinchcombe, Edgar Brenchley, John Coward, James Chappell, Alexander Archer, Gerry Davey, James Borland, Robert Wyman, Jack Kilpatrick & Arthur Child
1952OsloFigure SkatingJeannette Altwegg
1964Innsbruck2 Man BobsleighAnthony Nash, Robin Thomas Dixon
1976InnsbruckFigure SkatingJohn Curry
1980Lake PlacidFigure SkatingRobin Cousins
1984SarajevoFigure SkatingJane Torvill & Christopher Dean
2002Salt Lake CityCurling (Women)Rhona Martin, Deborah Knox, Fiona MacDonald, Janice Rankin & Margaret Morton
2010VancouverSkeletonAmy Williams
2014SochiSkeltonLizzie Yarnold
2018Pyeongchang
SkeletonLizzie Yarnold
2022Beijing Curling (Women)Eve Muirhead, Hailey Duff, Jennifer Dodds, Mili Smith, Vicky Wright


Silver Medals

Great Britain have won 5 Silver Medals in the Winter Olympics

YEARHOSTEVENTENTRANT
1924Chamonix4 Man BobsleighAlexander Richardson, Ralph Broome, Rodney Soher & Thomas Arnold
1936Garmisch-PartenkirchenFigure SkatingCecilia Colledge
2006TurinSkeletonShelley Rudman
2014SochiCurling (Men)David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow, Tom Brewster
2022BeijingCurling (Men)
Bobby Lammie, Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Hammy McMillan, Ross Whyte

Bronze Medals

Great Britain have won 17 Bronze Medals in the Winter Olympics

YEARHOSTEVENTENTRANT
1924ChamonixFigure SkatingEthel Muckelt
1924ChamonixIce HockeyColin Carruthers, Edward Pitblado, Eric Carruthers, Hamilton Jukes, Ross Cuthbert, William Anderson, Lorne Carr-Harris, Geoffrey Holmes, Blane Sexton & Guy Clarkson
1928St MoritzSkeletonJohn, Earl of Northesk
1936Garmisch-Partenkirchen4 Man BobsleighFrederick McEvoy, James Cardno, Guy Dugdale & Charles Green
1948St MoritzFigure SkatingJeannette Altwegg
1948St MoritzSkeletonJohn Crammond
1994LillehammerFigure SkatingJane Torvill & Christopher Dean
1994Lillehammer500m Short Track Speed SkatingNicky Gooch
1998Nagano4 Man BobsleighSean Olsson, Dean Ward, Courtney Rumbolt & Paul Attwood
2002Salt Lake CitySkeletonAlex Coomber
2014SochiSnowboarding
Jenny Jones
2014Sochi
Curling (Women)Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton, Lauren Gray
2014Sochi4 Man Bobsleigh
Bruce Tasker, John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Joel Fearon
2018Pyeongchang
Skeleton
Laura Deas
2018Pyeongchang
Skeleton
Dominic Parsons
2018Pyeongchang
Freestyle Skiing 
Izzy Atkin
2018Pyeongchang
Snowboarding
Billy Morgan

Winter Olympic Venues

Olympic Year Olympic Venue and Country Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Total Medals
2022 Beijing, China 1 1 0 2
2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea 1 0 4 5
2014 Sochi, Russia 1 1 3 5
2010 Vancouver, Canada 1 0 0 1
2006 Turin, Italy 0 1 0 1
2002 Salt Lake City, USA 1 0 1 2
1998 Nagano, Japan 0 0 1 1
1994 Lillehammer, Norway 0 0 2 2
1992 Albertville, Canada 0 0 0 0
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Team GB Winter Olympic Medals By Sport

Winter Olympic Sports Gold Medals Won By Team GB Silver Medals Won By Team GB Bronze Medals Won By Team GB
Alpine Skiing      
Biathlon      
Bobsleigh 1 1 3
Cross Country Skiing      
Curling 3 2 1
Figure Skating 4 1 3
Freestyle Skiing      
Ice Hockey 1 1
Luge      
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The Skeleton

Team GB has won nine medals in the Skeleton, our most successful Winter Olympic sport. In the Skeleton, the competitor rides head-first and prone on a flat sled.


Most Successful Winter Olympic Nations

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Norway 148 133 124 405
United States 113 122 95 330
Russia 125 96 94 315
Germany 104 98 65 267
Austria 71 88 91 250
Canada 77 72 76 225
Sweden 65 51 60 176
Finland 45 65 65 175
Switzerland 63 47 58 168
Netherlands 53 49 45 147
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Betting On The Winter Olympics

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In that section, we have in-depth reviews so you can see what other users think of them before deciding, or head over to the free bets and promotions page where you can see the list of welcome offers currently available from all UK betting sites.

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XXV Olympic Winter Games.

The Winter Olympics is celebration of sporting excellence set against a stunning backdrop of snow covered beauty. Every four years, nations showcase their skills in a range of winter disciplines from Ice Skating to Snowboarding. Mark your calendars for The 2026 Winter Olympics which will be held in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo Italy

BOA chief executive Sir Hugh Robertson.

The British Olympic Association has fond memories of the Torino 2006 Games and we look forward to what we are sure will be another great Olympic Winter Games in Italy.

Milano Cortina 2026 will take place between 6th and 22nd February. 

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Shelley Rudman

The last Italian Winter Olympics was in 2006 in Turin. Shelley Rudman was the only Team GB medallist at the games, winning a silver medal in the Skeleton.

FAQ

  • When was the first Winter Olympics

    The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924.  Chamonix in France was the venue with 16 nations competing:

    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Canada
    • Czechoslovakia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Great Britain
    • Hungary
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United States
    • Yugoslavia

  • Which country has held the most Winter Olympics

    The USA has held the most Winter Olympics (4):

    • 1932 - Lake Placid
    • 1960 - Squaw Valley (Palisades Tahoe)
    • 1980 - Lake Placid
    • 2002 - Salt Lake City

  • Which country has won the most Winter Olympic medals

    Norway have the most Winter Olympic Medals:  405 as of 2024. 

  • Which GB competitors have won the most Winter Olympic medals

    Lizzie Yarnold won two Winter Gold Medals in 2014 and 2018 both in the Skeleton. No other GB athlete has won more than one Gold. 

    Six others have won two medals of varying colours:

    • Eve Muirhead in Curling           
    • Christopher Dean in Figure skating            
    • Jayne Torvill in Figure skating            
    • Jeannette Altwegg in Figure skating              
    • Madge Syers in Figure skating            
    • Phyllis Johnson in Figure skating

Responsible Gambling

Please gamble responsibly when placing bets on the Winter Olympics. Never gamble more than you can afford to lose. The betting markets can be very volatile, with odds changing rapidly.  .  

Editorial Information

This article was written and fact-checked by Nigel Skinner one of a host of OLBG betting experts

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