19-year-old American ski jumper Casey Larson has made history. However, his Olympic debut has nothing to do with his skill and ski talent—he has become the 100,000th man to compete at the Olympics, according to historian Bill Mallon.
A former professional golfer and American orthopedic surgeon, Mallon is a leading authority on the history of the Olympic games. On Thursday evening, he calculated that Larson reached this historic milestone during his competing in the qualifying run at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Mallon has also been a consultant statistician to the International Olympic Committee and was awarded the Olympic Order in silver in 2001 for his services to the Olympic Games.
Larson, who finished 46th in qualifying, is excited about this landmark event. On the subject, he said: “I can add that to my Olympic checklist. I hope I can get some publicity about it. For my goals here, it is to make my best jump.”
Mallon’s calculation incorporated extensive research on summer and winter games since their modernization in Athens in 1896. Going into the Pyeongchang Games, he calculated that 99,983 men had competed at the games, making Thursday’s 17th male debutant the history maker.
In addition to this historic milestone, we expect to see a few additional records broken at these games. With talented athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees and a whopping 2,952 participants, we believe this is just the beginning of a spectacular winter event.