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Slovakia

Population: 5,447,502
Area: 18,859 sq. miles
Location: Europe
Capital: Bratislava
Major Cities: Kosice
Language(s): Slovak
Winter Olympic Debut: 1994

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Slovakia is a recently independent republic, bordered by Poland, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. After World War I, the Slovaks disassociated themselves from Hungary and joined Czechs from Bohemia to form Czechoslovakia in 1918. Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939 and declared Slovakia independent, but the two were rejoined in 1945.

Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Jan. 1, 1993. Unlike those of other nations, the split was peaceful.

Slovakia: Olympic Tradition

Slovakia has appeared as an independent nation in the last four Olympic Winter Games. Radoslav Zidek won the nation's first medal with a silver in the inaugural men's snowboard cross event in Torino.

Slovakia: Vancouver Outlook

On Day 2 of the Vancouver Games, biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina won Slovakia's first gold medal at the Winter Olympics in the women's 7.5km sprint. The men's hockey team is led by NHL superstar Marian Hossa, but are considered a longshot for a medal.

Explore & Compare

Explore & Compare

How many golds did the U.S. win at the 1980 Lake Placid Games? How do Norway, Sweden and Finland match up from Olympics to Olympics? Explore and compare medal standings through the years.

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Images of the Parade of Nations at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Images of the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 12.

2010 Medal Standings

CountryGOLDSILVERBRONZETotal
CANUSA9151337
CANGER1013730
CANCAN147526
CANNOR98623
CANAUT46616
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