Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Number of Medals to Population

Because it makes the most sense to do this. Conclusion: Smaller countries produce higher ratios of medals to population.

Population numbers taken from Google's response. Medal count as of about 11:15pm EST (11:1 am Beijing) today (Tuesday EST, Wednesday Beijing).

New Zealand: 1 medal to 514,471 people

Jamaica: 1 medal to 556,026 people

Australia: 1 medal to 583,833 people

Denmark: 1 medal to 911,353 people

Britain: 1 medal to 1,841,704 people

S. Korea: 1 medal to 2,043,532

Canada: 1 medal to 2,568,472 people

Germany: 1 medal to 2,942,893 people

Russia: 1 medal to 3,366,136 people

USA: 1 medal to 3,811,898 people*

Japan: 1 medal to 5,792,431 people

China: 1 medal to 17,392,788 people

India: 1 medal to 1,129,866,154 people

Congratulations to New Zealand, Australia and Jamaica.

Obviously, there needs to be some kind of shift for lower population values, and also one for the age range of available athletes. Some countries will have more children or more adults too old to compete in most sports. I'd love to see this done properly.

*Eight of these medals are one man's, so the US is producing fewer Olympians than this number implies. This is true for any repeat medal-winners, such as Usain Bolt of Jamaica. This is another thing to consider.

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