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Iceland Has Never Won A Winter Olympics Medal. It's Not Alone

Only 36 countries have ever won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. For decades, dozens of other countries have seen their athletes return home empty-handed.
Iceland's Winter Olympics delegation has never produced a medal. The 2018 edition of the squad is seen here with their national flag at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony. Source: Rob Schumacher

Let's acknowledge at the outset that despite its name, Iceland can be brilliantly, beautifully green. But the country lies far north of the equator, and a small part of it has an ice cap. One Icelander even made waves this week for posting a photo of herself hanging out laundry in chest-deep snow.

So it may come as a surprise to learn that while Iceland has sent 75 athletes to the

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