America going to win the Olympics?
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11-08-2012, 10:55 AM
America going to win the Olympics?
Again?

China hung in there for a bit. I think 2016 will be a different story for China, though. I think they'll finally knock us off in the medal count.

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11-08-2012, 11:06 AM
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Did China not win the 2008 Olympics???

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11-08-2012, 11:08 AM
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(11-08-2012 11:06 AM)frankiej Wrote:  Did China not win the 2008 Olympics???

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11-08-2012, 11:13 AM
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Yeah, but it isn't as simple as more medals, would it not matter what medals they were?

China were top of the medal table, I know that much.

China had far more gold, but less medals overall. Although, there isn't actually an official winner of the Olympics, it is all just how you personally look at it.

I would look at it as Gold = 3 points, Silver = 2 points, Bronze = 1 point.

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11-08-2012, 11:18 AM
RE: America going to win the Olympics?
(11-08-2012 11:13 AM)frankiej Wrote:  Yeah, but it isn't as simple as more medals, would it not matter what medals they were?

China were top of the medal table, I know that much.

China had far more gold, but less medals overall. Although, there isn't actually an official winner of the Olympics, it is all just how you personally look at it.

I would look at it as Gold = 3 points, Silver = 2 points, Bronze = 1 point.

Oh okay... I thought it was just an overall medal count.

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11-08-2012, 11:23 AM
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I don't like to think of countries winning it anyway. It is an individual's effort that gets them the medal.

I don't root for any nation, I root for individuals.

I hate it when members of the public will say "WE won another medal" or "WE are doing so well", I just say "no, THEY won that medal, you just watched them do it"... I hate people -_-

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12-08-2012, 02:12 AM
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Are we really all gonna pretend that America and China's current dominance has nothing to do with being doped to the gills?

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12-08-2012, 02:57 AM
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Quote:Are we really all gonna pretend that America and China's current dominance has nothing to do with being doped to the gills?
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12-08-2012, 04:40 AM
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Jingoistic much? Dodgy

It's a strange concept, to me... totalling the medals and saying "we win". The winning & losing are done at the level of the individual events. The medal table is more interesting as a "how are our sportsmen/women doing compared to the rest of the world".

For any true relevance, you don't just add up the medals. You do it on a per capita basis, else the most-populated countries will always "win" the olympics.

Per capita, the "winner" is much more likely to be a small Caribbean country... and my money (without doing the maths) would be on Jamaica.
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12-08-2012, 04:50 AM
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(12-08-2012 04:40 AM)Red Celt Wrote:  Per capita, the "winner" is much more likely to be a small Caribbean country... and my money (without doing the maths) would be on Jamaica.

Half right, it's Grenada, see http://www.medalspercapita.com/
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