Norway is the most successful nation in winter Olympic history, both in terms of total medals won and gold medals won.
Norway also boasts the individual with the most medals in winter Olympic history. Cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie amassed eight gold and four silver medals over three Games - Albertville, Lillehammer and Nagano - and is the only man to win six gold medals in individual events. He is also remembered for waiting at the finish line after winning the 10km classic gold medal in 1998 in Nagano, in order to congratulate last placed Philip Boit.
Biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen could match Daehlie's record in Sochi. Bjorndalen has 11 Olympic medals to his name, including six gold. He won all four men's biathlon events at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, where he also finished fifth in the 30km cross-country event.
Jacob Tullin Thams became the first Olympic ski jumping champion when he defeated countryman Narve Bonna to win gold at the 1924 Chamonix Games. Thams also won a medal in summer Olympic competition, having claimed silver in sailing at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
Figure skater Sonja Henie was just an 11-year-old when she placed eighth at the 1924 Games in Chamonix. Twelve years later at the 1936 Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen she collected her third consecutive gold medal and shortly afterwards won her 10th consecutive world title. She then turned to making films for 20th Century Fox in Hollywood in the United States.
In 1992, Kjetil Andre Aamodt recovered from a bout of glandular fever to win the super G at the Albertville Games to become Norway's first alpine medal winner for 40 years. Claiming gold in both the super G and combined events at Salt Lake in 2002, he became the first alpine skier in Olympic history to win seven medals. He added a record eighth medal by winning the super G at the 2006 Games in Turin and became the first alpine skier to win four Olympic gold medals
Speed skater Johan Koss set three world records in winning his three gold medals at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer in the men's 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m events. Below his best, he also won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 10,000m at the 1992 Albertville Games after having to pass a gallstone instead of attending the opening ceremony.
Speed skater Ivar Ballangrud competed in three Olympic Winter Games and earned seven medals, including one gold in St Moritz in 1928 and three gold and a silver at the 1936 Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Title: Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet [Yes, We Love This Country]
Creators: Words by Bjornstjerne Bjornson, music by Rikard Nordraak.
Founding date: 1900
IOC recognition date: 1900
NOC president's name: Borre Rognlien
NOC general secretary’s name: Inge Andersen
IOC member’s name: Gerhard Heiberg [entry in the IOC: 1994]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables