The NYTimes has a great interactive Map of Winter Olympic Medals for The Games Past & Present that shows a visual and tabular distribution of medals by country over the years (1924 to 2010). It’s interesting to watch countries rise and fall in medal dominance over time. For example, in 1988, East Germany had 25 medals, West Germany had 8 and the Soviet Union had 29. Ten years later, Germany had 27 medals and Russia 14.
What I found a nice surprise (as a casual fan of the Olympics) is how well Canada has been progressing over the last decade. In 1988 we were 10th in the standings with 5 medals overall and no gold. In 2006 we were third in the standings, with 24 medals and 7 gold. This year we could do even better. So I patriotically say: Go! Canada! Go! And wish that everyone, from all over the world, has their best performances at these games.