Beijing 2022 is done an dusted! And as always at the Winter Olympics the best in the world competed for gold, silver and bronze in some of the most watchable and exhilarating sports .
It’s athlete versus athlete and country versus country and we’re looking back through the history of the games to see who are the most successful nations to ever compete in the Winter Olympics Games.
As winter sports grow in popularity and participation, there seems to be a growing distance between Norway and the rest. And interestingly Austria is slipping down the ranks winning only a 10 place medal haul at the 2018 games. At Beijing 2020 it was Norway again who took the biggest medal haul with 13 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze. Germany were second.
Check out the all-time Winter Olympics Medal Count by nation below –
Norway – 405 Medals
Born with ski’s – Norway has won more medals in the Winter Olympics than any other nation since the games were first introduced in France in 1924. These incredible 368 medals post PyeongChang 2018 are made up of 132 Gold, 125 Silver and 111 Bronze medals. Norway were by far the most dominant winners at the 2018 Winter Olympics with a total of 39 medals.
Again at Beijing 2022 Norway were by far the strongest county winning a total of 37 medals
United States – 330 Medals
The United States are the nearest rivals to Norway when it comes to the most successful Winter Olympic nations. Hosting 4 Olympics Games, the United States have accumulated 282 medals – 105 Gold, 110 Silver and 90 Bronze.
Beijing was one of the USA’s least successful Olympics with a total of 25 medals and only 8 gold.
Germany – 286 Medals
Third on the list of the Winter Olympics medal count is Germany with 228 medals. These figures do not include medals won by the East and West Germany which summed to 149 medals respectively. Of the 228 medals, 96 were Gold, 94 Silver and 65 were Bronze.
Germany can second place at Bejing 2022 with Gold 12, Silver 10, Bronze 5 (27).
Austria – 250 Medals
Image – Winter Olympics in Austria 1964.
Austria have competed in 22 Winter Olympics since 1924, winning 218 medals in the process. 65 of the medals were Gold, 81 Silver and 87 Bronze. Fun fact, Austria has won more medals in alpine skiing than any other nation.
Soviet Union – 194 Medals
Image – 1988 Winter Olympics Ice-Hockey team
With 9 appearances at the Winter Olympics, their first coming in 1954, the Soviet Union has racked up an impressive medal tally of 194 medals. 78 Gold medals, 57 Silver and 59 Bronze make up the total.
Canada – 225 Medals
The country’s greatest performance was as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where they achieved 26 medals which was two more than their previous games in Turin. After the 2018 Winter Games, Canada has won 170 medals, 73 Gold, 64 Silver and 62 Bronze.
The 2022 Winter Games was a good year for Canada with Gold 4, Silver 8, Bronze 14 (26).
Finland – 174 Medals
Finland have competed in every Winter Olympics since it began in 1924. During this period the nation has won 161 medals across various events. In 1984, they experienced their most successful Winter Olympics with 13 medal winners.
Sweden – 176 Medals
In recent Winter Olympics, Sweden have enjoyed their most successful period winning, 14 medals at the 2006 Turin Games, 11 at Vancouver in 2010 and more recently 15 in Sochi in 2014. Over their 144 medal haul, 57 of these were Gold, 46 Silver and 55 Bronze.
Switzerland – 167 Medals
Switzerland have always been extremely competitive at the Winter Olympics. Their won their most medals in Calgary in 1988 with 15 medals. To date, as a nation they have won 138 medals respectively.
Russia – 151 Medals
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia returned to the Winter Olympics in 1994 as Russia. They have enjoyed a very successful time in doing so by winning 120 medals. 47 of these medals were Gold, 38 Silver and 35 Bronze. They make up the 10th spot on the list of the all-time Winter Olympics medal count.
Can Norway continue their dominant success over in the Winter Olympics or will the United States close the gap?
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