Eric Heiden won 5 gold medals at the 1980 Olympic games in Lake Placid, New York. He won all the medals in speed skating.
Clara Hughes, a Canadian cyclist and speed skater, will carry the flag in the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. She is the first athlete to win multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter games.
1924 Winter Games in Chamonix. Norway won 17 medals (4 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze) at the 1924 Games, the first ever Winter Olympics. Speed skater Roald Larsen won the most medals of any Norwegian athlete with 5 (2 silver, 3 bronze).
The US won 4 medals at the first Winter Olympics in 1924: 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
He was the first black athlete to win the most medals
Michael Johnson (USA).
China sent 24 athletes to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid to compete in figure skating, speed skating, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, and biathlon. They did not win any medals. The 1980 Winter Olympics were the first Winter Olympics that China competed in.
1924 Winter Games in Chamonix (the first ever Winter Olympics). Italy was represented by 23 athletes competing in bobsleigh, ski jumping, cross country skiing, and military ski patrol. No athlete won a medal.
Jim Thorpe, named "Greatest male athlete of the first half century" by the Associated Press, won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 olympics.
Sweden competed at the first Winter Olympics in 1924 held at Chamonix, France. They won 2 medals at the 1924 Winter Games, 1 gold by Gillis Grafstrom in men's singles figure skating and 1 silver by the curling team.
The 3 gold medals and 1 silver won by Janica Kostelic at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics were the first Winter medals won by a Croatian.
Viktor Balck (not Black) was a member of the International Olympic Committee at the time the Olympic Winter Games were first held in 1924, but he did not compete as an athlete.
It was Toni Sailer an Austrian skier. He won three medals at the 1956 Olympics including in the downhill. He was the first person to achieve this feat.
Muhammad Abbas. Muhammad finished 79th in men's giant slalom alpine skiing. He was the first athlete representing Pakistan to ever compete in the Winter Olympics.
31 athletes participated in cross country skiing, speed skating, ice hockey, ski jumping, curling, nordic combined, and figure skating for Sweden at the first Winter Olympics in 1924. These athletes won two medals, a gold in men's figure skating by Gillis Grafström and a silver by the curling team.
Mark Spitz made his big splash during the 1972 Olympics, becoming the first athlete to win seven gold medals in an Olympiad.
== == In the SUMMER Olympics, I think it was Stephanie Rice. Steven Bradbury was the first Australian athelete to win gold in the Winter Olympics. It was for the 1,000 metre short track speed skating in the 2002 games. Australia is the only country in the southern hemisphere to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
The first Winter Olympics gold medal won by an athlete(s) representing Great Britain was won at the 1924 Games in Chamonix by the British Curling team (Willie Jackson, Robin Welsh, Tom Murray, and Laurence Jackson).
the first winter Olympics were held on 1924 the first winter Olympics were in 1924 in chamonix,France
The People's Republic of China first competed at the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki when they sent one athlete, a swimmer named Wu Chuanyu, to the Games. They did not compete in another Olympics until the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. They have competed in every Winter Olympics since then and competed in every Summer Olympics since 1984.
25 total, 9 of them were gold. We were in second place for most medals in 2006. Germany was first with 29. nbcolympics.com
The first winter Olympics started in 1924.
1928 Winter Games in St. Moritz. The Netherlands were represented by 7 athletes that participated in speed skating and bobsleigh. They won no medals.