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 🙂
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…