10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal

Including a country with the word 'ice' in it
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2018 7:11 AM CST
10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal
Ayana?Zholdas of Kazakhstan crashes during the women's aerials qualifying run at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

When you think "Winter Olympics," a country with the word "ice" as part of its name would seem to be a shoo-in for the event's medal podium. Yet Iceland, which has been competing in the winter version of the Games since 1948, has yet to take home a bronze, silver, or gold, per NPR. The site digs through stats on the Sports Reference site to see which other countries have come up short in the cold-weather competition over the years. Here, 10 nations that have been disappointed, as well as the year they started competing:

  • Iceland (1948)
  • Lithuania (1928)
  • Mexico (1928)
  • Morocco (1968)
  • Turkey (1936)

  • Greece (1936)
  • India (1924)
  • Iran (1956)
  • Mongolia (1964)
  • Chile (1948)
See how all other nations fared here. (Weather is affecting the Winter Games this time around.)

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