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Sochi needs one more podium sweep to tie a Winter Games record

Kevin Kaduk
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There have been four podium sweeps in the Sochi Games so far. (Photos by Getty Images)

If one more nation is dominant enough to sweep an event's podium, the Sochi Games will tie a 50-year-old record for the most podium sweeps at a single Winter Games. 

So far, four events have ended with all three podium spots being occupied by three athletes from the same country. The latest came on Sunday as the Netherlands continued its reign at the speedskating oval, adding a sweep of the women's 1500 meters to Dutch sweeps in the men's 5000 and 500. 

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Throw in the United States' sweep of the men's ski slopestyle event, and the Sochi Games are just one shy of the record five that were recorded in 1964 at Innsbruck. 

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

 • There have been 43 sweeps at the Winter Games. In comparison, there have been 260 medal sweeps at the Summer Games, which feature a lot 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. 

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• 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.)

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