Top Ten Most Successful Countries in the Winter Olympics

After the flourishing analysis on the Summer Olympics, now I am going to share with you the top ten most successful countries in the Winter Olympics. On the analogy of the Summer Olympics, the first-ever Winter Olympics was conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The last event was held in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Since 1924, 23 events were conducted successfully.

Top ten most successful countries in winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics is also a major international multi-sport event. Since 1924, it was held once every four years. Due to World War II, the Games were interrupted in 1940 and 1944. All the games in the Winter Olympics are practiced on snow and ice. At the end of every event, the nation has the most Gold Medals declare the overall winner.

In this thriving analysis, you can find the top ten most successful countries in the Winter Olympics in terms of most Gold medals won, in terms of total medal won. You can also find the All-time medal table of the Winter Olympic Games and various analyses in the comment section.

10. Netherlands (NED)

The Dutch Olympic Committee* Dutch sports Federation was recognized by the IOC in 1912. Since then the TeamNL participated in 21 Winter Olympics and won 130 Medals overall. TeamNL has the tenth position in the list of the top ten most successful countries in the Winter Olympics, in terms of the Gold Medal won. Till 2018, Dutch athletes have won 45 Gold, 44 Silver and 41 Bronze Medals in Winter Olympics. Miss. Sjoukje Dijkstra was the first lady and Dutch athlete who won the first-ever Gold Medal for TeamNL in figure skating at the 1964 Winter Olympics. With 42 Gold Medals and 121 Medals in total, Speed Skating is the top-medal producing sport for the Netherlands in Winter Olympics.

9. Russia (RUS)

In the history of the Summer and Winter Olympics, Russian athletes are the eighth-most decorated athletes in the world (See also: Russian athletes in the Summer Olympics). Russian athletes competed in six Winter Olympics from 1994 to 2014. They have won 121 Winter Olympic medals of which 47 Gold, 39 Silver and 35 Bronze Medals. Russian Federation declared the overall winner in the 1994 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Cross Country Skiing (14 Gold) and Figure Skating (14 Gold) are the top-most medal producing sports for Russia.

Russian athletes were participated in the 2018 Winter Olympics as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) and won 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 9 Bronze Medals. The Russian Federation NOC was suspended in 2019 for a period of four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency due to a doping scandal. In 2020, the Russian Federation filed an appeal against the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the ban from four to two years.

Fact: If we consider the last 12 events, Russian athletes were found most decorated athletes in the world after the USA.

Most Impressive Fact: The Russian Federation is the most prolific nation in the world with 355 medals in total in which 136 Gold, 108 Silver and 111 Bronze Medals if we combine all the medals of Soviet Union, Russian Federation, Unified Teams and Olympic Athletes from Russia as claimed by Russian Federation.

Top ten most successful countries in winter Olympics

8. Switzerland (SUI)

Swiss athletes got the eighth spot after winning 56 Gold Medals in the Winter Olympic Games. Swiss athletes participated in every Winter Olympics through the Swiss Olympic Association. Swiss Olympic Association was created in 1912 and recognized by the IOC in the same year. Overall Swiss athletes have won 153 medals for their nation in which 56 Gold, 45 Silver and 52 Bronze Medals. With 22 Gold and 66 medals overall, Alpine Skiing is the top-most medal-producing sport for Switzerland in the Winter Olympics.

7. Sweden (SWE)

After competing in every Winter Olympics, Swedish athletes placed at the seventh spot in terms of winning the Gold Medals. The Swedish athletes participated in every Olympics through the Swedish Olympic Committee which was created and recognized in 1913. Sweden is one of the two nations who have earned medals at every Summer and Winter Olympic Games since 1908. Swedish athletes have won 57 Gold, 46 Silver and 55 Bronze medals. Cross Country Skiing is the top-most medal-producing sport for Sweden with 31 Gold and 80 medals in total. Sweden declared the overall winner in the 1948 Winter Olympic Games.

6. Austria (AUT)

Austria got the sixth spot in the list of the top ten most successful countries in the Winter Olympics. Austrian athletes have won 64 Gold, 81 Silver, 87 Bronze and 232 medals in total. The Austrian Olympic Committee (AOC) is the National Olympic Committee for Austria. The AOC was created in 1908 and was recognized in 1912. With 37 Gold and 121 medals in total, Alpine Skiing is the top-most medal-producing sport for Austria.

5. Canada (CAN)

Canada is the fifth most performing country in the Winter Olympics. Canadian athletes have won 73 Gold, 64 Silver and 62 Bronze Medals for their nation. In their 23 appearances in the Winter Olympics, they have won 199 medals in total which is the fourth highest in the world. The Canadian Olympic Committee is responsible for sending the athletes to every Summer and Winter Olympics. Ice Hockey (13 Gold and overall 22 Medals) and Freestyle Skiing (12 Gold and overall 25 medals) are the top medal-producing sport for Canada. Canada declared the overall winner in the 2010 Winter Olympic games.

4. Soviet Union (USSR)

Soviet athletes got the fourth spot after winning 78 Gold Medals in the Winter Olympics. Soviet athletes competed in nine Winter Olympics (1956-1988) and have won 194 medals in total. Lyubov Kozyreva was the firth athlete who won the Winter Olympics gold medal in the history of Soviet Sport. Soviet athletes competed in nine Winter Olympic events and declared overall winner seven times. In their nine appearances, they have also won 78 Gold, 57 Silver and 59 Bronze Medals. Cross Country Skiing (25 Gold and 68 medals in total) and Speed Skating (24 Gold and 60 medals in total) are the top medal-producing sport for the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union declared defunct by the IOC after 1988. The performance of Soviet athletes in the Summer Olympics was also impressive.

Top ten most successful countries in winter Olympics

3. Germany (GER)

Germany placed at the third spot in the list of the top ten most successful countries in the Winter Olympics. German athletes competed in 12 events and have won 92 Gold, 88 Silver and 60 Bronze Medals. German athletes have won 240 medals in total. Biathlon (19 Gold and 52 medals in total) and Luge (18 Gold and 37 medals in total) are the top medal-producing sport for Germany. In the history of the Winter Olympics Germany won the event three times in 1992, 1998 and 2006 (4 times including East Germany in 1984).

Fact: If we combine the medals of Germany (GER), United Team of Germany (EUA), West Germany (FRG) and East Germany (GDR), Germany became the most decorated nation in the world by winning 408 medals in total in which 150 Gold, 145 Silver and 113 Bronze medals.

2. United States of America (USA)

United States of America (USA) is the second most decorated nation in the history of the Winter Olympics. USA athletes have won 305 medals in a total of which 105 Gold, 112 Silver and 88 Bronze Medals. The USA is the only country in the history of the Winter Olympics that won at least one Gold Medal in every event. Team USA declared the overall winner in the 1932 Winter Olympics. Speed Skating (29 Gold and 68 medals in total) is the top medal-producing sport for the USA. In the history of the Olympics, the USA is the most prolific nation after winning 1127 Gold, 907 Silver and 794 Bronze Medals in the Summer and Winter Olympics.

1. Norway (NOR)

Norway is the most prolific nation in the world after winning 132 Gold, 125 Silver and 111 Bronze Medals in the Winter Olympics. The Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports send athletes to every Winter event. Norwegian athletes won the event eight times in the history of the Winter Olympics. In their 23 appearances, they have won 368 medals in total. Most of the medals have come from Cross country skiing in which they won 47 Gold and 121 medals in total. Norway declared overall winner in 1924 (Inaugural event), 1928, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1968, 2002 and 2018 (latest event).

All-time Medal table of Winter Olympics in terms of Gold Medal.

Sr. No Country No of game Gold  Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway (NOR) 23 132 125 111 368
2 United States (USA) 23 105 112 88 305
3 Germany (GER) 12 92 88 60 240
4 Soviet Union (USSR) 9 78 57 59 194
5  Canada (CAN) 23 73 64 62 199
6 Austria (AUT) 23 64 81 87 232
7 Sweden (SWE) 23 57 46 55 158
8 Switzerland (SUI) 23 56 45 52 153
9 Russia (RUS) 6 47 39 35 121
10 Netherland (NED) 21 45 44 41 130

All-time Medal table of Winter Olympics in terms of overall medal won.

Sr. No Country No of game Gold  Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway (NOR) 23 132 125 111 368
2 United States (USA) 23 105 112 88 305
3 Germany (GER) 12 92 88 60 240
4 Austria (AUT) 23 64 81 87 232
5  Canada (CAN) 23 73 64 62 199
6 Soviet Union (USSR) 9 78 57 59 194
7 Finland (FIN) 23 43 63 61 167
8 Sweden (SUE) 23 57 46 55 158
9 Switzerland (SUI) 23 56 45 52 153
10 Netherland (NED) 21 45 44 41 130

 

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