2022 Winter Olympics Most Valuable Olympian on each Country

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The 2022 Winter Olympics concluded in February 20th, 2022. No matter how many medals a certain country has one in total there always is a Most Valuable Olympian (MVO) on each country. So I thought why not list each countries most valuable olympian during the 2022 Winter Olympics.

1. Norway MVO – Johannes Thingnes Boe 5 Medals (4 Gold, 1 Bronze)

Johannes Thingnes Boe was easily one of the best Olympians for Norway during the 2022 Winter Olympics. He contributed to a total of 5 medals to Team Norway’s Medal Count. He won 4 Gold Medals in Men’s 10km Sprint in Biathlon, Men’s 15km Mass Start in Biathlon, Men’s 4×7.5km Relay in Biathlon and  Mixed Relay 4x6km (W+M) Biathlon. He even won a Bronze medal in Men’s 20km Individual in Biathlon. Johannes was dominant in many Biathlon events and I loved his performance in the 10km Sprint. Johannes Thingnes Boe is 28 years old and he has plenty of years left to perform and it will be excellent to see him perform again in another olympics and the Biathlon World Cup.

Honorable Mention – Marte Olsbu Røiseland 5 Medals (3 Gold, 2 Bronze)

I can’t ignore how valuable Marte Olsbu Røiseland was in the 2022 Winter Olympics for Norway. Especially as she contributed a total of 5 medals to Team Norway’s Medal Count. She won 3 Gold Medals in Women’s 7.5km Sprint in Biathlon, Women’s 10km Pursuit in Biathlon, and in a Mixed Relay 4x6km (W+M) Biathlon. She also won 2 Bronze Medals in Women’s 12.5km Mass Start in Biathlon and Women’s 15km Individual in Biathlon. Out of all the medals she won her best performance in my opinion was the Women’s 7.5km Sprit in Biathlon. She was dominant throughout this performance as she nailed every single shot hitting her targets. Even though she did not get more gold than Johannes Thingnes Boe did she was fantastic in the Olympics.

2. Germany MVO – Johannes Ludwig, (Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl), Natalie Geisenberger, and (Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig,Tobias Wendl, and Tobias Arlt) 4 Medals (4 Gold)

I could not decided which athlete to choose as the MVO for Germany so I decided to include every Germany athlete that won Gold in Luge. Especially as they absolutely swept the board in wining golf in every Luge event. Johannes Ludwig won Gold in Men’s Singles in Luge. Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl won Gold in Doubles in Luge. Natalie Geisenberger won Gold in Women’s Singles in Luge. Team Germany (Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig,Tobias Wendl, and Tobias Arlt) won Gold inTeam Relay in Luge. Excellent work by these group of olympians.

3. China MVO – Eileen Gu 3 Medals (2 Gold and 1 Silver)

I easily give Eileen Gu the MVO here as she won the most medals in the Olympics with China. Eileen Gu won a gold medal in Women’s Freeski Halfpipe and Women’s Freeski Big Air in Freestyle Skiing. She also won a silver medal in Women’s Freeski Slopestyle. Her best moment in the Olympics is the double cork 1620 that she nailed in oder to win the Freeski Big Air in Freestyle Skiing.

4. United States of America MVO – Lindsey Jacobellis 2 Medals (2 Gold)

There are plenty of athletes to choose from as the MVO for the United States. I decided to go with Lindsey Jacobellis. She won two gold medals in Mixed Team Snowboard Cross and Women’s Snowboard Cross. Out of the two performances she impressed me in the Mixed Team Snowboard Cross where she came up clutch in the race and won the race for the United States and even gave Nick Baumgartner who in himself became the oldest snowboarder to win an olympic medal. Great performance by Lindsey.

Honorable Mention – Erin Jackson 1 Medal (1 Gold)

I wanted to give an honorable mention to Erin Jackson. Especially as she did an excellent job winning a gold medal in Women’s 500m in Speed Skating. It was a close one as well but she was .08 faster than Miho Takagi and secures the medal. Winning this medal made history as she became the first black women to win an olympic speed skating golf medal. Well done Erin you did a fantastic job winning a gold medal.

5. Sweden MVO – Nils van der Poel 2 Medals (2 Gold)

I have to give the MVO for Sweden for Nils van der Poel. Especially as he won 2 medals in Men’s 10000m and 5000m in Speed Skating. His best performance was easily the 5000m Speed Skating race. Especially as he made history breaking the Patrick Roest’s record of fasted time in this event finishing with a time of 6:08:84. This is not the only record he broke as in the 10000 m event he finished with a time of 12:30:74 which is now the world record.

6. Netherlands MVO – Irene Schouten 4 Medals (3 Gold and 1 Bronze)

Irene Schouten had a strong performance in the Winter Olympics.She was one of the strongest speed skaters in the 2022 Winter Olympics no question. Especially as Schouten won three Gold Medals in Women’s 3000m in Speed Skating, Women’s 5000m in Speed Skating, and Women’s Mass Start. To add onto her strong performance she also won a bronze medal in  Women’s Team Pursuit in Speed Skating. She was one of the main contributors to why the Netherlands was ranked 6th as she won 4/17 total medals for the Netherlands.

7. Austria MVO – Johannes Strolz 3 Medals (2 Gold and 1 Silver)

The MVO for Austria has to go to Johannes Strotz. Especially with his performance winning a gold medal in Men’s Alpine Combined. He moved very well skiing down and came up clutch by stealing the victory from Aleksander Aamodt Kilde beating him by 0.59 seconds. Strotz also won a gold medal in Mixed Team Parallels in Alpine Skiing and a silver medal in Men’s Slalom in Alpine Skiing. Johannes was excellent in the olympics and deserves to be labeled as the MVO for Austria.

8. Switzerland MVO – Lara Gut-Behrami 2 Medals (1 Gold and 1 Silver)

Lara had a story coming into the Olympics. I got to say though Lara was lucky to be at the olympics as in December of 2021 she crash in St. Moritz World Cup super-G. When i saw this on TV It looked scary but she walked it off. She got lucky that it was not a major injury and she showed how tough she is and I really wanted her to get a medal and perform well in this Olympics due to that crash. Her performance in the Olympics was fantastic especially in regards to the Women’s Super-G in Alpine Skiing. She did an excellent job with navigating her way through the course and maintaining her speed. As a result she also won a bronze medal in Women’s Giant Slalom in Alpine Skiing. Excellent performance by Lara.

9. Russian Olympic Committee MVO – Alexander Bolshunov 5 Medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze)

Alexander Bolshunov had an excellent performance during the 2022 Winter Olympics contributing to the 5 out of 32 total medals won for Russian Olympic Committee. Bolshunov completely dominated in Cross-Country Skiing as well. He won gold medals in Men’s 15km + 15km Skiathlon,  Men’s 4 x 10km Relay in Cross-Country Skiing, and Men’s 50km Mass Start Free in Cross-Country Skiing. He also won a Silver medal in Men’s 15km Classic in Cross-Country Skiing. Alexander would also win a Bronze Medal in Men’s Team Sprint Classic in Cross-Country Skiing.

10. France MVO – Quentin Fillon Maillet 5 Medals (2 Gold and 3 Silver)

No question here as Quentin Fillon Maillet was a strong contruibuter to France in the Olympics as he dominated in Biathlon winning 5 medals. He won two gold medals in Men’s 12.5km Individual and Men’s 20km Individual  in Biathlon. He also won three silver medals in Men’s 10km Sprint in Biathlon, Men’s 4×7.5km Relay in Biathlon, and Mixed Relay 4x6km (W+M) in Biathlon. Quentin did an excellent job in the 2022 Winter Olympics and is no question the MVO for France.

11. Canada MVO – Sarah Nurse 1 Medal (1 Gold)

I wanted to give a special shoutout to Sarah Nurse by labeling her as the MVO for Team Canada. Especially as Sarah Nurse who actually broke a record in the 2022 Winter Olympics and made history. She is now the record holder for most points in a single Olympic tournament in ice hockey with 18 points. Statistically Sarah Nurse had scored 5 goals and even made 13 assists as well. Heck she was excellent in the gold medal game against the united states of America. However that is not all as she even became the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey. Sarah Nurse will now go down in history for here accomplishments in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Well done Sarah.

12. Japan MVO – Miho Takagi 4 Medals (1 Gold and 3 Silver)

Miho Takagi was a big contributor for Japan’s Total medal count. Especially as she won 4 total medals. She won a Gold Medal in Women’s 1000m in Speed Skating. She also won three silver medals in Women’s 500m in Speed Skating, Women’s 1500m in Speed Skating, and Women’s Team Pursuit with Misaki Oshigiri, Ayano Sato, Miho Takagi, and Nana Takagi. Miho Takagi even has the record for the fastest time of 1 minutes and 13.18 seconds in the women’s 1,000 meters race in speed skating. She clearly is the Most Valuable Olympian for Japan in the Winter 2022 Olympics.

13. Italy MVO – Arianna Fontana 3 Medals (1 Gold and 2 Silver)

Arianna Fontana had an excellent performance during the 2022 Winter Olympics and it resulted in winning three medals. She won a gold medal in Women’s 500m in Short Track  Speed Skating. She also won 2 silver medals in Women’s 1500m in Short Track  Speed Skating and  Mixed Team Relay in Speed Skating. Did you know that Arianna Fontana is now 2nd on the list of Athletes with most total medals in Olympics career behind Edoardo Mangiarotti (Fencing).

14. Republic of Korea MVO – Choi Min-jeong 3 Medals (1 Gold, and 2 Silver)

No question here as Choi Min-jeong gets the MVO. She contributed the most to Korea’s medal count by winning three medals. She won a gold medal in Women’s 1500m in Short Track Speed Skating. She won two silver medal as well, one in Women’s 3000m Relay in Short Track Speed Skating and the other in Women’s 1000m in Short Track Speed Skating.

15. Slovenia MVO – Timi Zajc and Peter Prevc 2 Medals (1 Gold and 1 Silver)

Both won the most medals for Slovenia. They won a gold medal along with Nika Kriznar and Urša Bogataj, in Mixed Team in Ski Jumping. They also won a silver medal along with Lovro Kos and Cene Prevc in Men’s Team in Ski Jumping. Both were more impressive in the Mixed Team in Ski Jumping as they dominating the competition by more than 100 points. Plus Peter Prevc had a tremendously important jump where he soared 101.5 meters sealing the Gold Medal for Slovenia. 

16. Finland MVO – Iivo Niskanen 3 Medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze)

Iivo Niskanen was easily the best olympian out of the group in Finland. Especially as he won a total of three medals. He won a gold medal in Men’s 15km Classic in Cross-Country Skiing, a silver medal in Men’s Team Sprint Classic in Cross-Country Skiing, and a bronze medal in 15km + 15km Skiathlon. His best moment was in the Men’s 15km Classic as he would always have a 30 second lead every time and dominated this game. Also I love what he did at the end of this race as well as he waited at the finish line for around 17 minutes to congratulate Carlos Andres Quintana from Colombia who was the last one to finish the race. Niskanen showed a great level of Sportsmanship in the Olympics for this act and absolutely deserves being the MVO for Finland.

17. New Zealand MVO – Zoi Sadowski-Synnott 2 Medals (1 Gold and 1 Silver)

No question with this one as Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won 2 out of the 3 medals for New Zealand. She won a gold medal in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle and won a Silver medal in Women’s Snowboard Big Air. Out of all here performances my favorite was the a backside 1080 and double cork 1080 that she hit in one of the qualifying matches. My goodness she executed that move perfectly it wowed me. Heck she even made history by winning the first ever Winter Olympics gold for New Zealand.

18. Australia MVO – Jakara Anthony  1 Medal (1 Gold)

This was a tough choice as Jaclyn Narracott, Tess Coady, and Scotty James all had strong performances. But Jakara Anthony impressed me the most. Especially when she made her final jump and she nailed the landing. It was perfect. She deserves that gold medal in Women’s Moguls in Freestyle Skiing. Well done.

19. Great Britain MVO – Both Men’s and Women’s Curling Team 2 Medals (1 Gold and 1 Silver)

Only the Olympians that won a medal in Great Britian is both curling teams. Now because Curling is my secound favorite sport I decided to enclude evey athlete on both teams as MVO’s. For the Men’s team they did win a silver medal thanks to the performance of Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, Hammy McMillan, and Ross Whyte. Women’s Curling won a gold medal thanks to the performances of Eve Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff, and Mili Smith.

20. Hungary MVO – Shaoang Liu 3 Medals (1 Gold and 2 Silver)

Shaoang was a part of all three total medals for Hungary. Shaoang Liu won a gold medal in Men’s 500m in Speed Skating. He also won two silver medal in Men’s 1000m in Speed Skating and Mixed Team Relay in Speed Skating. He easily is the MVO for Hungary no question.

T-21. Belgium MVO – Bart Swing 1 Medal (1 Gold)

Bart Swing was the only olympian on Belgium to win a gold medal. He won the Men’s Mass Start in Speed Skating. This is an interesting fact as did you know that this is Belgium’s first speed-skating gold since 1948. The 74 year long drought of no gold medal in Speed Skating for Belgium is over thanks to Bart Swing.

T-21. Czech Republic MVO – Ester Ledecká 1 Medal (1 Gold)

It was a tough decision between either Ester Ledeckc or Martina Sáblíková. I decided to go with Ester Ledecká as she did win a gold medal in Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom in Snowboarding. Especially as she came in clutch last second and took the .93 second lead to win the medal. Excellent work Ester.

T-21. Slovakia MVO – Petra Vlhová 1 Medal (1 Gold)

Again another tough decision because it came between either Petra Vlhová or Team Slovakia’s Ice Hockey team. I decided to go with Petra Vlhová. Especially as she did win a gold medal in Women’s Slalom in Alpine Skiing. But she won the event on .08 seconds which was extremely impressive.

24. Belarus MVO – Anton Smolski  1 Medal (1 Silver)

It was difficult choosing an MVO for Belarus but I will lean towards Anton Smolski. Now Anton Smolski won a silver medal in Men’s 20km Individual in biathlon. He came in clutch in this performance as he was perfect when he was shooting and it absolutely was huge in having him secure a silver medal for his country. Excellent work by Smolski.

T-25. Spain MVO – Queralt Castellet 1 Medal (1 Silver)

Queralt Castellet was the only olympian for Spain to win a medal in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Queralt Castellet won a silver medal in Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe. Did you know that Queralt Castellet became the first woman from Spain to win a Winter Olympics medal in 30 years.

T-25. Ukraine MVO – Oleksandr Abramenko 1 Medal (1 Silver)

Oleksandr Abramenko was the only olympian for Ukraine to win a medal in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Oleksandr Abramenko won the silver medal in Men’s Aerials in Freestyle Skiing. Also I want to give a shoutout to Russian Olympian Ilja Burow for the sportsmanship he gave to Oleksandr Abramenko for winning his medal. I love this as despite what is currently going on between Russia and the Ukraine this goes to show how sports brings everybody together. Excellent job by Oleksandr Abramenko for winning his medal and I respect Ilja Burow for his actions.

T-27. Estonia MVO – Kelly Sildaru 1 Medal (1 Bronze)

Kelly Sildaru was the only olympian for Estonia to win a medal in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Kelly Sildaru won the bronze medal in Women’s Freeski Slopestyle. Did you know that this is Estonia’s first Winter Olympics medal since 2010

T-27. Lativa MVO – Krister Aparjods 1 Medal (1 Bronze)

Now Krister Aparjods won this metal as a part of Team Lativa in Team Relay in Luge with Martins Bots, Roberts Plūme, and Elīza Tīruma. But if you watch the game involving the final Team Relay race involving Lativa, Krister Aparjods came in clutch in the final Team Relay Luge and helped the team get the Bronze medal. The entire team did a great job but Krister Aparjods was the MVO.

T-27. Poland MVO – Dawid Kubacki 1 Medal (1 Bronze)

Dawid Kubacki is the only olympian for Poland to win a medal in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Dawid Kubacki won the bronze medal in Men’s Normal Hill Individual in Ski Jumping.

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