Via Carl Bialik, this interesting break down of Olympic medals:


Source: WSJ

Category: Mathematics, Sports, Weekend

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5 Responses to “Medal Math”

  1. kennard says:

    Australia has the best ratio of medals to population, by a wide margin, despite a decline in medals won from Bejing.

  2. kennard says:


  3. dadgooner says:

    GREAT Britain……….doesn’t happen often……..well, not much in the last 40+ years………but we did VERY good….what a games we put on……not only was it a fantastic spectacle, but we fully participated too ……..well done GB :-)

  4. Aren’t the number of entrants per event capped for each country? If so the common presentation of medals per capita is taken far out of context and is almost irrelevant. Entrants per capita would be interesting.

  5. Fred C Dobbs says:

    Stanford and UC Berkeley students and graduates got 33 medals between them or 7th place. Removing them from USA drops USA to 4th. Adding other California students and graduates has greater effect. By the way, does the IOC release financial information. The big shots must pocket a lot of dough.