Every Country’s Olympic Wins (& Losses)

At any competition, whether it be a spelling bee, chess tournament, or wrestling match, the intent is to win. Very few spend hours practicing their craft with the hopes of being second-best.

Of course, when it comes to the Olympic Games, that desire increases ten-fold, both from the athlete and their team. Every country from Argentina to Zimbabwe has the same goal: go for gold. In total, 150 countries have succeeded in winning at least one medal at the Summer or Winter Games, though many have placed at the top multiple times. Take a look at the map to see how many gold, silver, and bronze all-time Olympic medals each country has accumulated throughout their years participating in the Olympic Games.

View Every Country’s Olympic Wins in a full screen map

The data displayed on the is from the All-time Olympic Games medal table in Wikipedia. Sort it by one of the groups or read on to uncover the most successful countries overall, the top gold, silver, and bronze, and the 76 countries without Olympic medals.

Most Successful Countries at the Olympic Games

While everyone dreams of winning Olympic gold, at this level of athletics a second-place silver medal or bronze for third is nothing to sniff at. So let’s take a look at the top 10 most successful countries at the Olympic games, all of which have earned at least 500 medals apiece.

  1. United States: 2,980 Olympic medals
  2. Soviet Union: 1,204
  3. Great Britain: 948
  4. Germany: 892
  5. France: 874
  6. Italy: 742
  7. China: 696
  8. Sweden: 661
  9. Australia: 562
  10. Japan: 555

At just under 3,000 total gold, silver, and bronze medals at the time of writing, the U.S. comes out on top of Olympic wins. Of the 2,980 medals, 2,673 were won during the Summer Olympics, the most medals of all Summer Games participants. That leaves 307 from the Games that take place in the Winter, second-most to Norway. Most impressively, to answer how many gold medals does the US have, 1,180 are gold, while silver adds up to 959 and bronze: 841.

The Soviet Union’s 1,204 total medals can be broken down into 473 gold, 376 silver, and 355 bronze. This is impressive for a nation that only competed in the Olympic Games 18 times between ​​1952–1988 before it disbanded. What was previously included in the Soviet Union team now participates in the Olympics as 15 individual countries.

Then there’s Great Britain. It’s the first top 10 team to have won more bronze and silver medals than gold. The country has won 332 bronze, 320 silver, and 296 gold. Of course, Great Britain has the benefit of many territories. They can choose athletes from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Athletes from Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey and 11 territories like Anguilla, Gibraltar, and Turks and Caicos Islands can also represent them.

Just narrowly missing the top 10: Russia with 547 medals, although if you combined them with the Soviet Union’s wins, it would be far greater (though still not surpassing the U.S.) With the top winners (and Russia) in mind, let’s answer some questions about participation.

Most Participating Places

Now, how do practice and opportunity affect an Olympic outcome? Let’s see if the most successful countries at the Olympic games like the U.S., Soviet Union, and Great Britain are those that have participated the most.

  • United States (307 Olympic Games in total)
  • Great Britain (52)
  • France (52)

Summer vs Winter

Breaking it down by Summer vs. Winter Games, 12 countries have participated 23 times in the Winter Games, including Norway and the U.S. As for which country has won the most winter Olympic medals? Norway beats out every other country with a total of 368. It seems those freezing temperatures and a constant blanket of snow have come in handy.

Of Norway’s medals, 132 are gold (the most gold medals of all Winter Games participants). Norway also takes the cake for the most silver Winter medals (125) and most bronze (111). That just leaves the less athletically-inclined countries without a single medal.

Countries Without Olympic Medals

Several countries have only a single Olympic medal to their name (sort the map by Total to see for yourself). But then there are those without even one medal to call their own.

Of the 76 medal-less countries out there, many have tried multiple times (some more than 20!) to place at the games. The countries without medals with most attempts include:

  • Monaco – 31-time Olympic Games participant
  • Andorra – 24
  • Bolivia – 21

In addition to these three countries with more than 20 tries, Malta, Myanmar, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Madagascar have each attempted to win a medal at the Olympics at least 15 times.

For more on the Olympics, be sure to check out how much Olympians get paid. Plus, our post on the world’s 500 Largest Stadiums includes the 40,000 max capacity Wuhu Olympic Stadium.

BatchGeo Earns Spot on G2’s 2022 Best Software Awards

G2’s Annual Best Software Awards ranks the world’s best software companies and products based on authentic, timely reviews from real users—and BatchGeo is a 2022 Best Software Awards winner! Out of thousands of contenders, G2 customers chose BatchGeo as one of the very best.

We’re joined by the likes of Google Earth Pro (#29) and the Google Maps API (#37) in GIS Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Products. View the 50 Best Software CAD & PLM Products or continue on for a demonstration on our winning software.

Gather Location Data for Mapping

It’s human nature to enjoy being recognized for hard work. It’s why the world awards Nobel Prizes and Olympic medals… along with the Best Software Awards! Rather than wax on about the ranking, let’s look at how BatchGeo can help you create information-rich maps from data you already have.

From spreadsheets to tables in web pages or databases, you can paste any structured data with locations into our custom mapping tool. Here’s an example using the headquarters of companies ranked by G2 across several categories (including BatchGeo, in Vancouver, Washington!)

Start with a pretty normal-looking spreadsheet. You may even have an Excel document that looks like this! We added the G2 data to Google Sheets, with separate columns for each piece of information. Most important are columns for city, state, country—or other location data.

You can make your map successfully with just a city or even ZIP code, but mapping accuracy will increase the more information you provide. For example, do you have a list of sales prospects or customers with addresses? You can create a sales map from your data. For our map of G2 winners, we copied and pasted the spreadsheet data into BatchGeo and the mapping tool did the rest.

View 2022 Best Software Awards #1 winners in a full screen map

To try creating your own, see our post on how to prepare your data for a map.

Gain More Insights From Your Maps

Once mapped, trends you may have otherwise missed in “spreadsheet mode” become clearer.

For example, we can see that the G2 list contains 13 U.S. companies, including six based in California, and two in both Washington and Massachusetts. Outside of the U.S., brands headquartered in Australia, Austria, France, and Israel also made the 2022 list of the Best Software Products.

For most users, our free version provides more than enough insight into your data. You’ll see your data points spread out on an easy-to-navigate Google Map. You can choose the colors and shapes of your map’s markers to match your content, adjust your map’s style, and cluster hundreds of markers together.

However, if your mapping needs are higher (think 25,000 markers per map), our Pro plan is available and includes the option for heat maps and more advanced features.

Get started now for free and start seeing your data differently.

Olympics Prize Money: Do Olympians Get Paid?

There aren’t many things freezing winters and sweaty summers have in common. But what the two seasons do share—at least every four years—are the Olympic Games. Every alternating two years in a four-year period, the world comes together to watch thousands of top athletes participate in summer and winter sports.

Athletes from 200 participating nations train nearly all their lives in an effort to make it to the Olympics. Therefore, compensation for a win, which not only is a feat for the athlete but the country they represent, is part of any athlete’s consideration. So how much do countries pay for Olympic medals? It depends and can range from $0 to over half a million. The map below can be sorted by paydays for gold, silver, and bronze medals to answer if Olympians get paid—and what that number is in each country?

View How Much Olympic Medalists Are Paid in a full screen map

We pulled the data from Wikipedia’s list of Olympic incentives. Each “incentive” (read: cash) is the 2021 U.S. dollar equivalent. In the story of the Olympics prize money, we’ll be sure to highlight the highest-paid gold medalists and how much silver and bronze medalists score. So let’s get started with how much do Olympians make.

How Much Money is a Gold Medal Worth?

Competing in the Olympics is a great feat unto itself—regardless of placement. But for those with their eye on the ultimate Olympic prize, the million-dollar question becomes: what’s the ​​prize money for Olympic gold medal? Let’s check out the answer.

  • Singapore – $737,000 per gold medal
  • Taiwan – $720,000
  • Hong Kong – $642,500
  • Thailand – $365,150
  • Indonesia – $346,000
  • Kazakhstan – $250,000
  • Malaysia – $236,000
  • Azerbaijan – $235,000
  • Morocco – $225,067
  • Italy – $213,000

When you’re going for gold, Singapore is the country to represent. Top medalists from Singapore make $737,000, more than any country in the world. In fact, many countries in Asia pay their winning athletes large sums. Eight of the 10 highest-paying countries are located in Asia.

More specifically, Southeastern Asian countries like Singapore, of course, and Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, give generous paydays for taking home Olympic gold. Additionally, both the Eastern Asian countries of Taiwan and Hong Kong are noted above for their over half a million-dollar reward for gold. But how do these countries stack up when it comes to their payments for silver and bronze?

Silver Medalists Score $369,000

Silver winners look pretty similar to the gold list above, with some key differences.

Country Gold Gold rank Silver Silver rank
Singapore $737,000 1 $369,000 1
Hong Kong $642,500 3 $321,250 2
Taiwan $720,000 2 $251,000 3
Thailand $365,150 4 $219,090 4
Kazakhstan $250,000 6 $150,000 5
Morocco $225,067 9 $140,667 6
Indonesia $346,000 5 $138,500 7
Hungary $168,000 12 $126,000 8
Azerbaijan $235,000 8 $117,500 9
Italy $213,000 10 $107,000 10

It’s no surprise Singapore remains #1 when it comes to ​​Olympic prize money for silver. Singaporean silver medalists receive more money than most gold winners from other countries. Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, and Morocco rise in ranks while Taiwan, Indonesia, and Azerbaijan fall. And Hungary, who didn’t even make it into the top 10 in gold, appears in 8th place when it comes to silver. To browse bronze, sort the map by the third-place medal.

Total Payouts

Now a one-time payout of, say Hong Kong’s $642,500 for a gold medal seems to be a reasonable payment for an athlete’s hours upon hours in a gym. But most countries have multiple athletes placing in a variety of sports. So it begs the question, how much did the top winning countries like the U.S., Japan, and Great Britain pay their medalists in total just in the 2020 Summer Olympics?

The U.S. paid nearly 1.5 million dollars to its gold medalists in the 2020 Summer Olympics alone. And altogether, Team USA shelled out exactly ​​$2.88 million to gold, silver, and bronze winners. Next, Japan doled out $1.62 million in total. While the U.K., which doesn’t award money for medals, its flat $38,339 annual stipend per athlete means it spent $2,492,035 during the same Olympics.

Explore the Map with Multi-Column Grouping for Gold, Silver & Bronze

Let’s take a moment to applaud the Olympic medalists and the countries that pay them well for their efforts. And now, we can appreciate that we can explore insights in your map with multi-column grouping.

When it comes to data, you often find yourself with more than just location information. In our case: gold, silver, and bronze payouts.

With BatchGeo, you can filter by the multiple columns of your additional spreadsheet data at the same time, as depicted below.

This way, you see only what you want, such as the top-paying countries for each of the three medals—all at once. Learn more about how to explore insights in your map with multi-column grouping or get started yourself at batchgeo.com.