About the Games
A total of 2780 athletes from 88 countries participated in Sochi Winter Olympics. They competed in 98 events.
Most medals won in Sochi 2012 (from a total of 85 teams) by: 1. Russia – 29 (11, 9, 9), 2. Norway – 26 (11, 5, 10), 3. Canada – 25 (10, 10, 5).
Lithuania in the Games
In Sochi Lithuania was represented by 9 athletes: ice dance pair, 2 Alpine skiers, 2 skiers, 2 biathletes and 1 short-track speed skater.
Short track speed skate Agnė Sereikaitė placed the highest among the Lithuanians – she was 16th. Ice dancers Isabella Tobias and Deividas Stagniūnas were 17th.
Biathlete Tomas Kaukėnas kept up with the leaders in the 20 km race, however, following three missed shots in the last stage he placed 23rd.
In Sochi, many new events were introduced to the Olympic programme: team figure skating, luge relay, biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, snowboard and ski slopestyle (men and women), ski half-pipe (men and women) and snowboard parallel slalom (men and women).
Italy’s legendary luger Armin Zöggeler became the first athlete ever to win Winter Olympics medal six times in a row.
A street circuit constructed in and around Sochi Olympic Park was used to host the Formula One Russian Grand Prix in 2014.
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics website:
Commemorative film about the first Lithuanian winter sports Olympians, part 4: