Each athlete strives to be first. A record is a reflection of superiority over competitors, a new bar to which all of the rest will orient themselves.
- Photo: Canada's Olympic hockey team in Vancouver, 2010. Source: tqn.com
When speaking about records, it is impossible not to mention the most interesting achievements established at Olympic Winter Games. For example, Canada's team, the host of the 2010 Games in Vancouver, set a record for the number of gold medals won at the White Olympics. On the last day of the Games, the hockey team "Maple Leaves", having outplayed the Americans in the finals, won its 14th award of the highest type. In this way, Canada beat the total record for the number of golds at a Winter Games. Concerning the Russian records at the White Olympics, then the figure of celebrated skier Lyubov Egorova stands alone, bringing Russia 6 gold medals. The most titled Olympic champion is swimmer Michael Phelps, who has 14 of the highest Olympic medals.
- Photo: American speed skater Bonnie Blair finishes her appearance at the Ice Arena in Calgary. Source: corbisimages.com
New technologies - new results.
New technologies used in the construction of Olympic facilities tend to impact the results of athletes in a most unexpected way. For example, Olympic speed skaters, appearing in 1988 at the Games in Calgary at the specially built arena for these competitions, altogether surpassed the world record 16 times for the 10 kilometer distance. The difference in the times with previous results scored four years earlier in Sarajevo was more than a minute, which in the measurements of the sport of speed skating is an impressive figure. Several factors caused such high results: first of all, at the Games in Calgary, experts used a new ice resurfacing formula for the first time, and second, a method of mathematical calculations was used to establish the optimal temperature of the ice, making it possible to achieve times that were unprecedented up until then.