Most participants at a Bandy World Championship
A close relative of ice hockey, bandy is played with a ball instead of a puck. Teams of 11 players compete on a field of ice roughly the size of a soccer pitch. The 2017 World Championship in Sweden featured 18 nations – including Mongolia, Holland and a team of Swedish-based Somalis – matching the mark set in 2016.
Since its inauguration in 1957, the most wins of the Bandy World Championship (men) is 24, a combined total achieved by the Soviet Union (1957-79, 1985 and 1989-91) and Russia (1999-2001, 2006-08, 2011 and 2013-16).
The most wins of the Bandy World Championship (women) is seven, achieved by Sweden. Bar 2014, they have won every tournament since its inception in 2004.
Most consecutive Biathlon World Cup overall titles won (male)
Martin Fourcade (FRA) secured his sixth consecutive biathlon title in 2017 – three more than Raphael Poiree (FRA) and Frank Ullrich of the former East Germany.
The most Biathlon World Championship medals won (male) is 45, achieved by Norway’s Ole Einar Bjorndalen from 1997 to 2017.
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Highest score in figure skating – free dance (ice dance)
On 31 Mar 2016, the French duo of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron scored 118.17 points at the ISU World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
On 9 Dec 2016, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (both CAN) recorded the highest score in figure skating – short dance (ice dance): 80.50, at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final held in Marseille, France.
First person to win the 500 m and 1,000 m at a World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships (male)
Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) completed a sprint double at the 2016 championships in Kolomna, Russia, on 13-14 Feb. He had won gold and silver in 2015, missing out in the 1,000 m by 0.04 sec.
Also in Kolomna, Denis Yuskov (RUS) achieved the most consecutive 1,500 m World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships titles (male) with three, following his victories in 2013 and 2015.
Most wins of the Canadian Curling Championship by a province
Commonly known as the Brier, the Canadian Curling Championship was first held in 1927. Alberta’s victory in 2016 was their 27th, equalling the mark set by Manitoba in 2011.
Most wins of the snowmobiling International 500 by a manufacturer
The ”1-500″ snowmobile race is staged over an arduous 500-mi (804-km) course at Sault Ste Marie in Michigan, USA. Bunke Racing took the chequered flag on 4 Feb 2017 – marking a 26th victory for manufacturer Polaris (USA).
► HIGHEST SCORE IN FIGURE SKATING -SHORT PROGRAMME (FEMALE)
Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) scored 79.21 at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Marseille, France, on 9 Dec 2016.
On 27 Jan 2017, Medvedeva followed up with the highest score in figure skating – long programme (female): 150.79, recorded at the ISU European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Most skiing World Cup victories (women)
On 21 Jan 2017, Lindsey Vonn (USA) achieved her 77th FIS World Cup victory in a downhill competition, on the Kandahar course at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.
It was Vonn’s 39th win in the downhill category – the most downhill skiing World Cup race wins by an individual (female).
Her victory came only weeks after she severely fractured her right arm in a training crash.
◄ MOST CONSECUTIVE FIS ALPINE SKI WORLD CUP TITLES (MALE)
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won six consecutive Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup overall titles, in 2012-17. In doing so, he claimed the outright record for most FIS Alpine Ski World Cup overall titles won
(male), surpassing the
–achievement of Marc Girardelli (LUX,
b. AUT). Girardelli won his five overall titles in 1985-86, 1989, 1991 and 1993.