Normally, nations are more successful in eternal medal statistics at summer games than at winter games. There are two causes. First, there are about three times as many medals in the summer games than in winter to win , and second, the Winter Games are only since 1924, while the modern Olympics began in 1896. While 112 states could win medals in the Summer Games, only 40 are successful in the Winter Games.


Are there nations that were more successful at the Winter Games?
 
Yes, they exist. Liechtenstein, the small state in the Alps, has not won any medal at summer games yet. All medals at Winter Games were won in Alpine Skiing. Even more curious is that 70% of the success goes to the account of a family. The absolute superstar of the country is Hanni Wenzel with 4 medals, 2 of them in gold. Her brother Andreas contributes 2 medals, her daughter Tina Weirather one medal.
 
With 121 medals, Austria is by far the most successful nation in Alpine skiing. The balance of these medals is much better than the eternal medals table of Austria in summer games. Austria's winter athletes have won more than twice as many medals than those in summer sports.
 
Norway, a traditional winter sports nation, is the third nation to do well at winter games. Contrary to the two Alpine countries of Liechtenstein and Austria, Norwegians are traditionally at the top of the Nordic competitions. Their winter balance is more than twice that of summer.
Norwegen
Winter
132
125
111
368
Norwegen
Sommer
56
49
48
153
Österreich
Winter
64
81
87
232
Österreich
Sommer
22
37
39
98
Liechtenstein
Winter
2
2
6
10
Liechtenstein
Sommer

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Lexicographical order: G - S - B
North American order: Total medals
Germany
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BRD and DDR with germany as one nation
Germany, BRD and the DDR as single nations
Russia
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Soviet Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States with Russia as one nation
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1906
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Achievements of the Intercalated Games 1906 in Athens in the rating included
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