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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

RankCountry# of GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Norway23132125111368
2United States2310511090305
3Germany (1928-36, 92-)12928860240
4Austria23648187232
5Canada23736462199
6Soviet Union (1956-88)9785759194
7Finland23436361167
8Sweden23574655158
9Switzerland23554652153
10Netherlands21454441130
11Italy23403648124
12France23363553124
13Russia (1994-)6473835120
14East Germany (1968-88)6393635110
15South Korea1831251470
16China1113282162
17Japan2114222262
18West Germany (1968-88)611151339
19Great Britain231141631
20Czech Republic79111131
21Czechoslovakia16281525
22Unified Team (of former USSR)196823
23Poland2377822
24Unified Team of Germany386519
25Belarus785518
26Olympic Athletes from Russia126917
27Slovenia8251017
28Australia1955515
29Croatia846111
30Liechtenstein1922610
31Slovakia73418
32Ukraine73148
33Kazakhstan71348
34Latvia110448
35Estonia104217
36Hungary231247
37Bulgaria201236
38Belgium211236
39Spain201034
40Yugoslavia160314
41New Zealand160123
42Luxembourg90202
43North Korea90112
44Uzbekistan71001
45Denmark140101
46Romania210011

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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