## Torino Olympics medal count analysis

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• Vyrle s mention of the analysis of relative Olympic success reminded me that I had done such an analysis for the 2004 games. So I did one for the 2006 games
Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4, 2006
Vyrle's mention of the analysis of relative Olympic success reminded
me that I had done such an analysis for the 2004 games. So I did one
for the 2006 games today.

The top five countries in total medals were:
1. Germany
2. US
4. Austria
5. Russia

The top five in golds were:
1. Germany
2 (tie). US
2 (tie). Austria
4. Russia
5 (tie). Sweden

Suppose you look at the ratio of medals won to the size of the
population. Then you get:
1. Norway
2. Austria
3. Estonia
4. Switzerland
5. Finland

And the ratio of golds to population gives you:
1. Estonia
2. Austria
3. Sweden
4. Switzerland
5. Norway

It's not clear to me the best way to form a "success per unit of
wealth" ratio. If we choose to look at the ratio of medals to GDP we get:
1. Estonia
2. Norway
3. Austria
4. Croatia
5. Finland

And for the ratio of golds to GDP, we get:
1. Estonia
2. Austria
3. Sweden
4. Croatia
5. Switzerland

However, suppose we decide to measure wealth not by GDP, but by "GDP
per person." Then the medals-to-wealth ratio gives us:
1. Russia
2. China
3. Germany
5. Austria

And golds-to-wealth gives us:
1. Russia
2. Germany
3. China
4. South Korea
5. Austria

If anyone would like me to send them the Excel spreadsheet where I
worked this out, let me know.

Regards,
Eric
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