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Medal progression of the most successful countries at the Summer Olympics 1896-2020

Total number of medals won by athletes from the Summer Olympics' most successful countries from 1896 to 2020

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Source

Release date

2021

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1896 to 2021

Supplementary notes

This data was collected using the official Olympic.org site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

If the number zero is shown for a country, that means athletes from the country did participate, but did not win any medals. If there is no entry for a country in specific years, then they did not participate in those Olympics.

*This includes the Russian Empire (1900-1912), Soviet Union (1952-1988), Unified Team of 1992 (i.e. all athletes from former Soviet countries, excluding the Baltic states), and the Russian Federation (1996-2016). Athletes representing the Russian Olympic Committee in 2020 were also included for context, although they have generally been included separately across related statistics on the platform.

**This includes the United Team of Germany (where East and West Germany competed together) from 1956 to 1964.

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