Hey, it’s a year that is divisible by four, which means it’s time to once again celebrate the great international festival of people living together in harmony, and esoteric sport! Especially fencing, although that may just be a local thing.
I FEEL MORE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD ALREADY!!!
Longtime readers may recall that the 2008 Games were dominated by the Bahamas, whose two medals amounted to every 153,725th citizen being an Olympic medalist, well ahead of the rest of the global field.
Jamaica was impressive in second with a medal for every 254,939 people, and Iceland took the proverbial bronze, taking a medal despite a national population of only 304,367.
Infinite Art Tournament’s home country of the
United States of America finished a discouraging 46th, with each medal having to be shared among 2.7 million people. The world’s two giants fared even worse, with India at 87th (1/382,700,000) and China at 68th (1/13,000,000) despite a home-field advantage.
Well, it will be a while before the data starts trickling in. But assuming an even level of athletic prowess among the nations – and why, indeed, would we ever assume otherwise? – here is roughly what we should be looking at for medal counts when the closing ceremonies come around:
D. R. Congo and
Thailand – 9 medals
…with another 225 or so medals sprinkled among 200ish other countries.
We’ll be checking in on the progress of this Olympian endeavor over the next few weeks. Best of luck to the