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37 Responses to Olympic Glory In Proportion, Per Capita

  1. Profile photo of SethDog
    SethDog Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    Link: Olympic Glory In Proportion, Per Capita - Table shows which countries did the best at the Olympics per capita. How`d your country do?
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    CurlybackJoe Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    This needs to be changed, NZ has 7 gold medals now since the Belarusian womans shotput champion was stripped of her gold medal for drugging. GO VALERIE ADAMS
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    Whatever makes you feel better grenada.
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    Langer Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm
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    GolfPunk69 Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    @CurlybackJoe - the 6 golds includes the one for Val Adams - 1 for Athletics, 1 for Kayak Sprint, 1 for Sailing, and 3 for Rowing. Still a pretty awesome result for the Kiwi`s though.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm
    Everybody else is biting Granadas dust
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    BRITUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    That`s right America, nuke 263 million of your citizens and you can be #1.
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    Zach82 Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    Good for Grenada.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm
    This is dumb because it only accounts for gold medals. The US still probably wouldn`t be first but it would still be nice to know all the medals too.
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    SethDog Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    @honkeylips, IF you actually look to the left there is a "Total Medals per Capita" and "Weighted Medals per Capita" list selections..
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    GolfPunk69 Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    @honkylips - 49th, so considerably worse if you take all medals in to account.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    Its actually an unfair way to list it. This is purposely made to look better for smaller populations. It isnt like there is a equivalent amount of people from each country were in the olympics based on their population.

    Also, it would be a much better showing if you based a chart not on the population of a particular country, but of the ammount of applicants they had representing them in the games.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    August 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    I think a study showed that countries that have government sponsored training and recruiting programs for Olympic programs do very well. Thing is, I can`t figure out why that would be. So I`m just going to start chanting "U.S.A.!!" after I post this for my own personal enjoyment.
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    An-egg Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    I`ve been checking similar lists: Well done the kiwis. And the Brits!
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    August 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    Yay, Grenada. Ever since Reagan kicked that @$$hole commie dictator Maurice Bishop out of power, they`ve done pretty well for themselves.

    That being said, if this list were weighted according to the size of the team vs. the population of the country, it would look quite different. For instance, the population of the US is nearly 3,000 times that of Grenada, but I don`t think our Olympic team was 3,000 times bigger than theirs.
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    An-egg Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    @cobrakiller smaller populations have fewer people, that`s why they are smaller populations. Therefore they have fewer chances of winning medals (because they have fewer people to compete) and no, there wasn`t " a equivalent amount of people from each country were in the olympics based on their population" had there been this would be unnecessary. This is a reflection of how each nation did per head of the population. The GDP tab is quite interesting too.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    August 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm
    @An-egg There is no data to support that larger countries always take the most medals. Or else China and India would be kicking everybody`s arse every single Olympic games. Greatness in a specific contest can arise from a small set of participants. That`s what the Olympic spirit is about. That and doping.
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    An-egg Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm
    @thelonious
    But the Chinese grabbed a bunch as did the Russians, India is new to this sort of thing but I`ll guarantee that the will get better when they set their minds to winning Olympic gold. Or when cricket is made an Olympic sport.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    August 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm
    woot! it`s all down to sprit i reakon, and we have heaps. If you are in the olympics and from here, it`s because you want to be and have to pay for it yourself usually and have self motivation, not because you have been trained by the f ucking state since you were 5...
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
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    August 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm
    Neither my birth country nor my domicile has gold.
    :-(
    Definitely for a lack of trying.
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    August 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    @thelonios right you are. India has. O funding for sports or even training venues for athletes. Most competitors hold full time jobs.
    Corporate sponsorship for sports is mainly for Cricket then tennis then soccer.
    Am hoping that private sponsorship will give us a chance in future. It takes a few years to get the system established though.
    Till then cricket it is :-(
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    August 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    Canada does OK with "per capita" counting of total medals!
    It`s not "only" about the Gold Medals, people!
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    August 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    per capita only works if you send athletes per capita as well.

    lest we forget that GB had the most athletes at this year`s olympics
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
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    August 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm
    Wasn`t this also the first olympics ever to restrict the number of competitor`s allowed in final competition, regardless of qualification score, to a set number based on the country you`re representing? Pretty sure there was an american gymnastics favorite who wasn`t allowed to make it to final competition just because two of her teammates did slightly better, even though she did better than the vast majority of the remaining finalists.
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    MrRugby Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2012 at 5:31 am
    Bear in mind that funding, accessibility to sporting facilities and a decent talent spotting system is required. It is worth noting that in 1996 Britain only won one Gold Medal. Since then there has been a significant increase in funding. Furthermore, a singnificant proportion of Britain`s medal winners were privately educated, suggesting, in Britain anyway, that wealth of the individual plays a big part.
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2012 at 5:44 am
    We did pretty well, though props to Hungary.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2012 at 6:47 am
    @5cats: Agreed, it`s not just about gold, it`s not like we`re in China or anything.
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    paddy215 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2012 at 7:56 am
    As an Irishman I`d like to thank whoever it was that made punching people in the face an Olympic sport.

    Now all we need to do is get drinking involved we`ll be laughing!
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    August 14, 2012 at 7:57 am
    Scuzoid

    No, it`s not proportional. The highest proportion was Cook Islands with eight athletes, representing 40 per 100,000. GB was less than 1 per 100,000 (although Team GB did have the largest squad).

    But it was a good Games, let`s not squabble over who gets to wave the biggest flag.

    (Well, except literally and that was us.)

    All kinds of factors are in play and that is why the IOC does not publish league tables. An Olympian from my (small) home town got a gold in rowing and you can bet we will celebrate that when he comes home on Saturday, It doesn`t mean we are somehow `better` than the home town of the Olympian who took silver.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    August 14, 2012 at 8:01 am
    If we can get `Jumping Off Ridiculously High Things Without Sane Precautions While Smashed On Vodka` to be an Olympic event the Russians could make a major come back.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    August 14, 2012 at 8:11 am
    Also, look at regions. Did New Hampshire do better than South Dakota? Yorkshire seems to have done very well, but some have suggested that was because they all had Brian Glover as PE teacher.
  35. Profile photo of Scuzoid
    Scuzoid Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am
    @LordJim

    Wtf did that have to do with what I said? Certain events limited the number of competitors based on their country, not their performance. Proportional....?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    Also, it would be a much better showing if you based a chart not on the population of a particular country, but of the ammount of applicants they had representing them in the games.

    That would be biased in a different way, that`s all. 100 olympic-grade atheletes from a population of 500M isn`t the same as 100 olympic-grade athletes from a population of 5M.

    I can`t think of a fair way to make a comparison. As you point out, this method is heavily biased in favour of small populations. For example, if the USA had won *every* gold medal they still wouldn`t have had a gold medals per capita figure as high as the quite of few of the countries on this list.
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    nijd Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    All I need to know is USA had the most medals by far. No other country will ever know what that`s like.

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