The very first U.S. Winter Olympic medal was won by Charles Jewstraw in the speed skating men’s 500m at the 1924 Chamonix GamesJewstraw is also the first-ever Winter Olympic gold medalist from any nation — the 500m was the first event to award medals in the first-ever Olympic Winter Games, on Jan. 26, 1924
His medal currently resides in the Museum of American History at The Smithsonian
The U.S. has won 25 gold medals on home turf:1932 Lake Placid: 6
1960 Squaw Valley: 3
1980 Lake Placid: 6
2002 Salt Lake City: 10
The U.S. won 59 gold medals over its first 18 Olympic Winter Games, but hat number has skyrocketed in recent years, with 40 gold medals in its last five Winter Olympics, including 2018
The U.S. has won at least one gold medal in every Winter Olympics. They won exactly one gold in 1924, 1936, 1964 and 1968
11 of the 99 U.S. gold medals have come in team event, with 88 in individual events
Speed skater Eric Heiden holds the record for both the U.S. and all countries for most gold medals won in a single games. He won five gold medals at the 1980 Lake Placid Games
The oldest U.S. gold medalist is Jay O’Brien, who won four-man bobsled gold at the 1932 Lake Placid Games at 48 years, 357 days old
The youngest U.S. gold medalist is Tara Lipinski, who won won ladies’ singles figure skating gold at the 1998 Nagano Games at 15 years, 253 days old
Only Norway has won more Winter Olympic gold medals than the United States
Anna van der Breggen is first cyclist to sweep road world titles in 25 years
Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen added the road race crown to her time trial victory at the world road cycling championships, becoming the second rider in history to win both events at the same edition.
“This is, for me, pretty good so far,” she said.
Van der Breggen, the Rio Olympic road race champion, won after a solo attack with more than 25 miles left of an 89-mile course in Imola, Italy, on Saturday.
She prevailed after more than four hours of racing by 80 seconds over countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2019 champion. Van Vleuten raced nine days after breaking her left wrist in a Giro Rosa crash.
Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze in the same time as van Vleuten after losing a photo-finish sprint. Lauren Stephens was the top American in 11th.
The race lacked American standout Chloé Dygert, who crashed out of the time trial while leading on Thursday and required leg surgery.
Van der Breggen joined Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo as the only male or female cyclists to sweep the time trial and road race at a single worlds. Longo did so in 1995 at age 36.
Van der Breggen, 30, said in May that she will retire after the 2021 Olympic season.
It will be the end of one of the great cycling careers. She is now a three-time world champion and nine-time world medalist to go along with her road race gold and time trial bronze in her Olympic debut in Rio.
Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.
NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.
All NBC TV coverage alo streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.
Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.
The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.
Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.
The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.