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Olympic Medalists in Ice Hockey

Name the countries that have won a medal in men's or women's ice hockey.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_Winter_Olympics
Includes countries that do not exist anymore
Quiz by skukka
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Last updated: January 19, 2023
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G
S
B
Country
14
6
3
Canada
8
1
1
Soviet Union / Unified Team
4
12
2
United States
2
4
5
Sweden
1
2
8
Finland
1
2
1
Russia
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S
B
Country
1
0
1
Czech Republic
1
0
1
Great Britain
0
4
4
Czechoslovakia
0
1
2
Germany / West Germany
0
0
3
Switzerland
0
0
1
Slovakia
39 Comments
+11
Level 88
Feb 9, 2017
This is a little confusing because you combine the USSR and Unified teams, and Germany and West Germany, but not Czechia and Czechoslovakia. Czechia is a subset of Czechoslovakia, just as the Unified Team was a subset of the USSR (USSR minus Baltic states). Not saying one way is right or wrong, just that consistency is preferable.
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Level 77
Feb 9, 2017
But Russia and USSR/Unified Team are not combined. If Czechia and Czechoslovakia get combined, then those two should be combined too. I wonder if it has something to do with the low count of medals on Germany?
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Level 59
Feb 9, 2017
I can see your confusion, but the 'Unified team' played only in the 1992 games ie. right after the USSR split and it was basically the same team. If I'd count the medals the way suggested I'd have to combine Soviet medals with Russian medals then too, and credit all other possible ex-Soviet country (Ukraine, Latvia, Kazakstan. ..)that play too.

And Slovakia was half of Czechoslovakia and would therefore make the list now too, cause if Czech Republic gets the credits should Slovakia get them too.

It's much easier and more logical to count together credits of the countries that got together than divide medals between countries that split up.

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Level 86
Feb 9, 2017
I missed Czech republic and Russia because of that. Maybe it could be said more clearly that some countries (or parts of) can appear several times?
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Level ∞
Feb 9, 2017
No way of doing it is going to make everyone happy. But as @DunkingGandalf has pointed out many times, Germany and West Germany are the same country. The Soviet Union is not the same as Russia. Czechoslovakia is not the the same as the Czech Republic. We are extremely consistent on this site-wide.
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Level 76
Feb 10, 2017
How does Germany = West Germany? The latter is half the size of the former. I would have thought East + West = Germany, especially as Germany fielded an East + West team for a while even after East and West became a reality in 1949.
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2017
Because East Germany (DDR) was absorbed into the existing state of West Germany (BRD). No new state was formed. It was an annexation. On the other hand, Russia is an entirely new state with a new constitution entirely different from the USSR.

Also West Germany was more than twice as large as East Germany, with nearly four times the population

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Level 72
Aug 9, 2019
Plus the German Olympic Comitee (West Germany) was founded in 1949 and went on after the reunification. So it has been the same sport organisation before and after, which is not the case for Czechia and Czechoslovakia or for USSR and Russia.
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Level 72
Jan 19, 2023
I usually miss this because I don't count Germany as West Germany. Modern-day Germany, is the product of the unification of the two Germany's despite that divide being a status quo.
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Level 55
Feb 19, 2017
Well done, skukka on getting featured: fully deserved!
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Level 84
Mar 28, 2017
Always a bit surprised that Germany hasn't fared better in hockey. Guess it's along the same lines as how the U.S. has never competed with the big boys in footie.
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Level 81
May 26, 2023
You can also look at the makeup of the NHL... as of Jan 2023:

https://thehockeywriters.com/current-nhl-players-by-country/

Only 1% of current NHLers (fewer than Switzerland (!) and Slovakia) are from Germany.

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Level 57
Apr 28, 2017
11 guesses - 11 right. Not bad for an old man from Arizona, eh.
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Level 85
Jul 28, 2017
eh?? Perhaps you've got some Canadian blood helping you out?!?
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2017
Intended to try "Ukraine" but of course got credit for the UK! Thanks.
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2017
me too! It was the last one i needed to get. And I'm British - had no idea.
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Level 58
Apr 28, 2017
happy to read I was not the only one :-)
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Level 71
Apr 28, 2017
Good quiz, although I know nothing about ice-hockey I managed 8. I was just about to try Czechoslovakia etc. and time ran out.
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Level 85
Apr 28, 2017
Great Britain's medals were the result of recruiting Canadians.
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Level 65
May 5, 2017
Only 2 out of the whole GB squad were Canadian, hardly like we recruited half their team to win it is it now!
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Level 85
Aug 24, 2017
Many were born in GB but raised in Canada. Recruiting hockey players this way isn't unusual -- the Italians did it and currently the South Korea Olympic women's hockey team has several North Americans on the team.
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2018
We've been doing it with South African cricketers and Pacific rugby players for years n all
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Level 95
Jul 30, 2018
So were a few of the US medals. ;)
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Level 57
Apr 29, 2017
I've really got to learn how to spell Czechoslovakia.
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Level 67
Apr 29, 2017
You forgot Iceland. Who could forget their memorable shootout in the gold medal game against Team USA? Gunner Stahl certainly hasn't.
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Level 59
Feb 27, 2018
Ha! Brilliant!
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2018
what about countries that don't exist i.e. "OAR" #smh
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Level 69
Feb 27, 2018
Hey skukka, if you change "Soviet Union" to "USSR", you should be able to squish in "OAR" on the same line too, yeah? Thus forestalling the inevitable deluge of comments like the above :-)
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Level 62
Feb 27, 2018
czech republic should work for czeckloslovakia.
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Level 59
Feb 27, 2018
Czech Republic (and Czechia) should work for Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia should work for Czechoslovakia.
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Level 69
Feb 27, 2018
I am now off to spend the evening reading up on this British dream team of 1936 that went and snagged themselves a gold medal without my having any idea.
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Level 42
Aug 5, 2018
Looks like Finland loves to be third...
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Level 80
Jan 22, 2023
It feels better to be third than than to be second in the Olympics!
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Level 95
Oct 19, 2020
I really have to pay attention to when it says "some countries DNE anymore"
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2023
Needs an update. Finland won Gold this year and Slovakia its first Olympic medal (bronze). Russia got silver, but this won't change anything in the order of the table.
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Level 89
Jan 19, 2023
I love that UK is an accepted type-in for Great Britain, so that when you mistakenly guess Ukraine, you get credit for guessing Great Britain. (Wouldn't suggest changing this -- very few people would guess Great Britain after trying UK)
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Level 89
Jan 19, 2023
Norway spends too much time going downhill in winter.
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Level 65
Jan 20, 2023
In ice hocky, they're only going down - no hill ;-)
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Level 46
Jan 23, 2023
How did I get Czechoslovakia but not Czechia and Slovakia