French skicross team takes sixth podium sweep in Sochi, a new Winter Olympics record

Kevin Kaduk
Fourth-Place Medal

Four groups of Dutch speedskaters provided the brawn while American and French skiers provided the boost into the history books. Now the Sochi Games stand alone as the Winter Games that boast the most podium sweeps in Olympic history.  

Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol's French sweep of the men's skicross podium on Thursday was the sixth in Sochi, surpassing the 1964 Innsbruck Games, which had five.  

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The Frenchmen joined the Orange Crush at the speedskating oval (the Dutch took all three medals in four different events: the men's 10K, 5K and 500m as well as the women's 1500m) and a trio of American skiers that took gold, silver and bronze in the men's ski slopestyle event. 

Thursday's French sweep was the first in Winter Games history for that nation. 

A few more podium sweep facts, thanks to OlympStats.com:

• There have been 45 sweeps at the Winter Games. In comparison, there have been 260 medal sweeps at the Summer Games, which feature more events and a longer history.

• The United States has swept a podium three times in Winter Games history: men's ski slopestyle in 2014, men's halfpipe in 2002 and men's figure skating in 1956.

• Norway has the most Winter Games sweeps with 11, though if you combine Germany (7) and East Germany, they'd have a total of 12.

• The most swept event in Winter Games history has been the women's luge. The event has been held 14 times, with Germany or East Germany sweeping seven of them. (The Germans swept all the women's luge medals in 2002, '06 and '10; but Erin Hamlin of the United States stopped the run by taking bronze behind two German lugers in Sochi.)

Here are all six podium sweeps (so far) in Sochi:

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