Top 10 Most Successful Countries in Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) was created in Switzerland on 23 June 1894. Ever since, the committee has been organising major sports events after a certain period of time in different countries across the globe. These events are called Olympics in general. The upcoming Olympic Games are scheduled to be organised in Rio, Brazil in 2016. After the conclusion of a game, gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winning teams. These medals are an honour for the winning nation. Depending on number of medals won in Olympics history, here is a list of leading countries.

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    United States of America:

    Athletes from the US have won a total of 2653 Olympic medals. This makes USA number 1, of the top 10 most successful countries in Olympics in terms of the number of medals won.

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    Soviet Union:

    Having won 1204 Olympic medals, the Soviet Union is ranked number 2, of the top 10 most successful countries in Olympics.

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    Great Britain:

    The third place at the list of top 10 most successful countries in Olympics is occupied by Great Britain to date. It has won 802 Olympic medals until now.

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    France:

    France has won 765 Olympic medals to date. This makes France 4th most successful countries in Olympics.

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    Germany:

    Germany had to miss out the Olympics from 1968-1988. Even then, it is only 2 medals behind France. With 763 Olympic medals, Germany is ranked number 5, of the top 10 most successful countries in Olympics.

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    Italy:

    Arch rivalry of Italy and France in Olympics is known all over the world. To date, Italy is the 6th most successful country in Olympics in terms of number of medals won.

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    Sweden:

    Having won 612 Olympic medals, the Soviet Union is ranked number 7, of the top 10 most successful countries in Olympics.

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    East Germany:

    East Germany or the German Democratic Republic (GDR) has 519 Olympic medals to its name. This makes it 8th most successful country in Olympics.

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    China:

    Considering the fact that China did not compete in Olympics from 1956 to 1984, it is understandable why it is ranked number 9, of the top 10 most successful countries in Olympics. China has won 517 Olympic medals to date.

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    Russia:

    With 489 Olympic medals to its name, Russia is at the bottom of the list of 10 most successful countries in Olympics.

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