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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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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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nijd
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 269 Posts
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:50:04 PM
All I need to know is USA had the most medals by far. No other country will ever know what that's like.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11513 Posts
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:02:17 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.

Scuzoid
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1270 Posts
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 9:56:11 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....?

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4609 Posts
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 8:11:32 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.

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4609 Posts
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 8:01:26 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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