Unit 3: Social Studies Connection

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Winter Olympics, 2002

The 2002 Winter Olympic Games took place in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 8 to February 24, 2002. During the games, 2,200 athletes from 77 different nations competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Winter Olympic sports include such favorites as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, slalom, and bobsledding. Newer sports, such as ice dancing and snowboarding, were also featured in the games.

The first-ever women's bobsledding Olympic event was held in Salt Lake City. The gold medal in the event went to Americans Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers. Flowers was not only one of the first women to compete as a bobsledder in the Olympics, but she was also the first African-American to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics!

The chart below shows the 6 nations that received the most medals in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

  2002 Winter Olympics Medal Standings
Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany 12 16 7 35
United States 10 13 11 34
Norway 11 7 6 24
Canada 6 3 8 17
Austria 2 4 11 17
Russia 6 6 4 16

Word Wise

slalom:
A skiing race set up on a zig-zag course.

bobsledding:
A sledding race using long sleds with a steering

snowboarding:
A sport similar to downhill skiing, that uses a board that looks like a small surfboard.

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Activity

Make a winter sports glossary. Write the names of each of the sports listed in the article on a piece of paper. Find their definitions in a dictionary and write them down in your own words. You may include a picture or drawing with some of the definitions.

Data Hunt

Winter Olympics, 2002 Quiz
Use the chart to answer questions in the Winter Olympics, 2002 Quiz.