On the final Olympic medal count
I do have to say I found it a bit funny that the US listed themselves on top of the medal count by giving the total medals won by each country, while the rest of the world (or at least the UK, where I am) showed the count by golds won. But hey, whatever it takes to make the US look good (or bad).
I was thinking about total medal count per capita:
China had 1,321,851,888 potential athletes to pick from
compared to 301,139,947 for America,
141,377,752 for Russia,
and 60,776,238 for the Brits.
(Ok, children are included in these counts, but this is poor man’s stats).
This means that in the search for a champion,
the USA had 1 potential athlete for every 4.39 potential Chinese athletes.
Russia had 1 for every 9.35 potential Chinese athletes,
and the UK had 1 potential athlete for every 21.75 Chinese potential athletes.
So really, the runner-up countries (going by the non-US tallies) did remarkably well!
Morejohnmore sent this cool widget, it’s pretty interesting! (see first comment)