Here Are the Winter Olympic Sports That Americans Are Most and Least Familiar With

According to our recent data, over 63% of Americans are probably watching the Olympics this year and they have seen their athletes win eight medals so far: five gold, one silver and two bronze. Four of the gold and one of the bronze medals were for a sport that Americans are most familiar with: snowboarding (98%).

The fifth gold, silver and two bronze medals were for alpine skiing (91% are familiar), luge (85%) and figure skating (99%).

Nearly all Americans have heard of sports like ice hockey (99%), figure skating (99%), snowboard (98%), ski jumping (97%), and speed skating (97%).

However, Americans were least familiar with Nordic combined and Skeleton, especially Nordic combined for millennial men (57%) and women (44%).

At the last Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, Team USA’s Matthew Antoine won a bronze medal in men’s skeleton. Sadly, America is out the running for a medal in men’s skeleton this year. Antoine finished 11th and his teammate, John Daly finished at 16th. Today in women’s skeleton, athletes Katie Uhlaender and Kendall Wesenberg finished 12th and 17th, respectively, after their first two runs. (Skeleton has four runs altogether.) Uhlaender and Wesenberg will compete again tomorrow in the last two laps of women’s skeleton.

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