All-Time Winter Medal Standings by Country, 1924-2018
Nearly a century of fierce competition
Norway continues to hold a strong lead in total medals for any individual country. However, some calculations would lead to different overall leaders; e.g. if one were to combine the medal totals of all the historical German teams with the current German record, then Germany would lead with a total of 408 medals.
Other common methods of calculating Olympic glory involve making ratios of gold medals to other factors. Common angles include measuring gold medals per capita, gold medals by GDP, or gold medals per Olympic appearance. Many argue, for example, that U.S. dominance in the Summer games must be weighed against the pool of potential athletes and the budget spent on training facilities. By comparison one could claim that Liechtenstein's two gold medals (from a country of less than 40,000 people) is ultimately more impressive due to the limited talent pool from which they can draw.
However you define Olympic victory, be sure to check the most recent changes and victories at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea
|Rank||Country||# of Games||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total|
|3||Germany (1928-36, 92-)||12||92||88||60||240|
|6||Soviet Union (1956-88)||9||78||57||59||194|
|14||East Germany (1968-88)||6||39||36||35||110|
|18||West Germany (1968-88)||6||11||15||13||39|
|22||Unified Team (of former USSR)||1||9||6||8||23|
|24||Unified Team of Germany||3||8||6||5||19|
|26||Olympic Athletes from Russia||1||2||6||9||17|
Notes: Athletes from the USSR participated in the Winter Games from 1956-88, returned as the Unified Team in 1992 after the breakup of the Soviet Union (in 1991) and then competed for the independent republics of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and three others in 1994. The Russian team was banned from competition in 2018 after a doping scandal, but individual athletes were allowed to compete under the Olympic flag. Yugoslavia divided into Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992, while Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993.
Germany was barred from the Olympics in 1924 and 1948 as an aggressor nation in both World Wars I and II. Divided into East and West Germany after WWII, both countries competed under one flag from 1952-64, then as separate teams from 1968-88. Germany was reunified in 1990.
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