On 17 November 2014 at 22:11 | updated on 20 November 2014 at 07:32

2014 Speed Skating Worlds: Medal recap

2014 Speed Skating Worlds: Medal recap

Just like every year, let's analyze the results of the nations that shone during the World Championships. This year, let's carry the analysis even further in studying the evolution of rewards over the last 5 years...


The 2014 Results Review

Pos. NationMédaille d'orMédaille d'argentMédaille de bronze Total

1st: Colombia, still on top!

21 titles, 43 medals... Let's not expand too much of Colombia, they overcome the other competing nations with a crushing lead. However you can feel that the giant is less dominant as soon as it ventures on long distance races and on road races. Above all, the Colombians are the kings of sprint and track. Stars are not missing: Pedro Causil, Andres Munos, Alex Cujavante, Hellen Montoya, Yersi Puello... The list is long!

2nd: France, who would have thought?

We were so used to see France in the mid-rankings that this year was one hell of a surprise. The seniors opened the way and held on to it. With 7 titles and 21 medals, France did a historical year, the best of all times. In calculating the productivity per athlete (16 vs 32) France is at the same level as Colombia (21 medals vs 43)!
France leans on experienced skaters such as Alexis Contin, Ewen Fernandez and Nicolas Pelloquin but also on young skaters such as Elton de Souza, Quentin Giraudeau and Déborah Marchand. Let's also congratulate the Junior Women who got the bronze at the relay!

3rd: Chinese Taipei

Faithful to itself, Chinese Taipei fulfilled its yearly contract. They made great feats both on road and on track. Let's remember the names of Chen Yan-Cheng (Senior Men), Yang Ho-Chen (Senior Women) and Lui Yi-Huuan (Junior Women).

4th: Belgium

With the absence of Bart Swings, one might have thought that Belgium was going to ended up at the bottom of the table... But it was not the case, thanks to Sandrine Taz who got 3 world titles! Not bad for a "small" country.

5th: Italy

With only 2 titles for 11 medals, Italy is in a transition phase. Except for a few skaters like Francesca Lollobrigida, Erika Zanetti and Lorenzo Cassioli, the older generation of skaters, like Fabio Francolini, are not in the running anymore. There is no doubt that in a couple of years, Italy will be back at its best level with the rising generation of Mareschi, Niero and Lollobrigida...

Special mention to Argentina

You usually say that athletes surpass themselves when they compete at home... What were the results of Argentina? Well, Argentina did their best championships in 5 years, with 7 medals! Unfortunately, sticking to silver, they didn't get any title in front of their public.

Evolution over the last 5 years

1st: Colombia, obviously

Arrivée du 500 m sur pisteExcept for Colombia, which outrageously dominates the world ranking with 240 medals and 128 titles in 5 years, let's focus on the nations that fight for the runner-up places. It's a bit harsh, but Colombia kills suspense!

2nd: South Korea... with a slight lead

With 75 medals, Korea remains the most medalled nation after Colombia over the last 5 years. The number of Korean medals dropped, however, with only 6 in 2013 and 11 in 2014. South Korea is also 2nd at the title ranking, with a total of 19 titles. Yet, they haven't had any new title in 3 years. The Korean golden age is gone.

3rd: Italy... A European nation at last!

Italy remains in 3rd position at the general ranking with 73 medals, only 2 medals behind Korea. However, Italy knows a soft shot after two exceptional years in 2012 at home (San Benedetto del Tronto) and in 2013 in Belgium (Oostende).

4th: Chinese Taipei

Except for 2011 where Chinese Taipei only got 4 medals in Guarne (Colombia), they are quite consistent with a dozen medals per year. In total: 57 medals over 5 years, that is to say 4.5 times less than Colombia. Chinese Taipei finishes 3rd at the title ranking on 5 years.

5th: France

For many years, France oscillated around the 5th place of the ranking of titles/medals. They were saved by an exceptional 2014 year where they got 21 medals, against less than 10 usually. France is 6th at the title ranking over the last 5 years. France put an end to 4 years of affliction, where they would only get one title per year.

6th: Belgium

With 33 medals in 5 years, Belgium mainly owes its good results to two athletes: Bart Swings from 2010 to 2013 and Sandrine Tas in 2014. Apart from them, Belgium has difficulties to perform. Its best year was obviously 2013 in Oostende... at home!
In focusing only on the title ranking, Belgium is tied with Italy for the 4th place.

7th: the USA

Not far from Belgium are the USA. They owe their ranking to their exceptional harvest in 2011: 20 medals out of 32 in Guame! Most of these feats belong to Joey Mantia.

8th: Germany, faithful to itself

In 5 years, the number of medals won by Germany hasn't evolved much: 5 to 6 per year, not more!

9th: Venezuela

Venezuela knows irregular results going from 0 medals in Italy to 8 in 2014 - its best year. In total, Venezuela won 22 medals in 5 years.

10th: the Netherlands

The Netherlands seem to have known their peak in 2012, in San Benedetto de Tronto. There were a good number of stars in the team, including the Mulder brothers, Manon Kammina, Elma de Vries, Irene Schouten...

The raw data


Number of medals in 5 years


Number of titles in 5 years

Pays20102011201220132014TOTAL Pays20102011201220132014TOTAL
COL4361415243240 COL1932243221128
KOR30111761175 KOR13500119
ITA31226211173 TPE5133618
TPE17411141157 BEL1244314
FRA67992152 ITA1155214
BEL7559733 FRA1111711
USA42033232 NZL110114
GER5565526 VEN110114
VEN2507822 USA040004
NED2284319 CHL101013
NZL4433317 NED000123
CHL3173115 ARG101002
ARG2330715 GER000022
CHN2016110 ESP001012
ESP002248 CHN001001
ECU110013 ECU000000
SUI012003 MEX000000


Les tribunes vues de la piste

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