Are China really that good?

22 08 2008

So I’ve been thinking about China’s dominance in the medal tables during these games, and it got me thinking. I’d like to find out which country was most medal efficient in regards to number of athletes participating. So, if you have hundreds of athletes, do you win far more medals? Are China actually very inefficient by funding so many athletes and sending them all to compete? Or are they wasting money on training so many bodies even though they have little chance of winning?

For example, China have dominated the medal table with 83 medals so far, yet they had over 564 athletes competing. Is this in-efficient? Could they have cut back on the guys and girls going, only sending the medal prospects? The sums show that they have a medal to athlete ratio of one medal for every 6.7 athletes competing. Not bad..

Now GBR have 297 athletes and 41 medals giving an efficiency of 7.2 athletes per medal… China still come out on top, but this goes to show that having several athletes per event is not always a huge bonus. GBR sent a third of the athletes that China sent and won about a third of the medals.. Which means we have a similar quality of athlete as the worlds current best country.

Oh, and the USA? 629 athletes and 100 medals = 6.29 athletes per each medal which is the most efficient in the top 5… damn.

Finally, Germany are the worst, with 14 athletes per medal win ūüôā

Oh, and just for fun, I thought I’d work out which country was the best overall. Russia? China? USA? Any other super power with Nukes and and billions of dollars of tax payers money? Erm, no not really…

Zimbabwe (yes, Zimbabwe) are the current strongest team, with a medal haul of one medal for every 3 athletes. For every 3 athletes competing, ONE has won a medal!!! Ok, yes, they have 13 athletes, but still that’s impressive. It just goes to show that for Olympic success you need a stolen election, a dictator, 1million percent inflation and a training regime involving sticks, spikes and “motivational officers” i.e. Policemen with spiky sticks…




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In the olympic Spirit? Part II

20 08 2008

After much controversey, the Tornados are nearly through their series at the Beijing Olympics.¬† As it turns out, the only boat to take the¬†controversial new spinnaker out was the American boat.¬† Whilst all other boats were starting the races normally, lined up drifting below the startline, the US boat had three sails up, ready to blast over the top of the other hapless crews who wanted to “keep it real” rather than trying to win a medal at all costs.¬† The fools..

Anywho, the unfortunate and satisfyingly ironic result is that the Americans new “secret weapon” has been about as¬†successful as a fat chick at Hooters.. and about as popular too..

Still, I do feel sorry for the Americans.¬† I guess this just shows that sometimes gamesmanship doesn’t work and you should try to win medals based¬†on skill, not on kit.¬† I bet they are wondering what would happen if they had used their usual spinnaker..