ALPINE SKIING - With four gold medals and one bronze, the United States have been the most successful country in the 2013 World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria. It is the first time in the 82-year history of the competition that the table is topped by a non-European nation and the first time since 1997 (Norway) that a non-alpine country leads the list.
ALPINE SKIING - Ted Ligety could be the first male skier in 45 years to win at least three gold medals at an Alpine Skiing World Championships. 1968, the year when Céline Dion was born, Bob Beamon soared and Marthin Luther King was assassinated, is the last year when at least three gold medals were won by an individual at an Alpine Skiing World Championships (Jean-Claude Killy’s four golds).
HANDBALL - The Men’s World Handball Championship starts this Friday and for the first time in 45 years the representation by continent will be exactly similar to the previous World Championship - 14 teams from Europe, three from South America, three from Asia, three from Africa and one from Oceania. Europe have always dominated in this competition in terms of representation.
HANDBALL - The French men’s national handball team is in search of a third straight world championship title, a feat that would be unprecedented. On four occasions, the reigning champions defended their crown but no team has won three in a row. France are also tied for most world titles (four) with Romania and Sweden. The 2013 world championship starts in Spain on Friday.
SPEED SKATING - Sven Kramer is 26 years old today. You will not find him on our Infostrada Sports Wall Of Fame, because he is still active. But you will probably find him there in the future. The Dutchman has won one Olympic gold medal and 16 at World Championships (five Allround and 11 in Single Distances). He is a ferocious competitor, who wins wherever he goes.
Shares birthday with: William Shakespeare, Shirley Temple, Roy Orbison
FIGURE SKATING - It is 15 years ago, to the day, that Tara Lipinski became the youngest ever world champion in figure skating at the tender age of 14. A year later, she would true on the promise she had created for herself by becoming the youngest figure skater to win an Olympic gold medal.
BIATHLON - With his 17th World Championships gold medal, legendary Norwegian Ole Einar Bjørndalen has moved six gold medals clear of any other biathlete. But what when we start comparing him to representatives of other sports? Do you know someone with more than 17 WCh golds? Do you? Hit the ‘Community’ or ‘Questions? Ask them!’ buttons at the top of your screen and drop us a line!