Sunday, February 26, 2006

We're number one

Babble on.

I'm not kidding you: Canadian athletes will take home more medals from the Torino Winter Olympics than any other nation.

"But we're third in the medal count, aren't we?" I hear you say. Yes, in the official standings, Canada has 24 medal-results. But because of our team-sport wins, the number of medals our athletes will pack into their suitcases and fly home with is higher than any other nation.

Germany placed first in medal-finishes with 29, but with 53 pieces of metal strung on 53 ribbons. The U.S. is second in medal-finishes with 25, but American athletes will take home a similar 53 baubles.

Canada, having tied up a historical-best 24 top-three finishes in this Games, will be home to a full 69 discs of precious metal. Our women's hockey team alone account for twenty of those, not to mention multiple awardees in relays, bobsleigh, and curling.

Curiously enough, because of the success of both Swedish hockey teams, their 7th-place finish in the standings translates to an incredible 65 individual medals awarded to Swedish athletes. No other nation even comes close to this top four.

So we really are Number One. You just have to look at it the right way.

Babble off.


At 1:21 p.m., Blogger Temujin said...

Cindy Klassen took home 7% of the 69 total medals given out to all Canadian athletes.

Not Bad!

At 3:33 p.m., Blogger Sara said...

CPAC on Goldhawk tonight has the childcare issue and people are welcome to call in if your interested...

"Fund the Child" Movement

At 6:51 p.m., Blogger The Tiger said...

I remain incredibly impressed by Clara Hughes...

At 8:19 a.m., Blogger Charles J said...

One of the American pairs figure skaters is actually a Canadian defector that got past immigration through a loophole. I take this to mean that Canada actually tied the US with 24 1/2 medals each.

At 1:37 p.m., Blogger TonyGuitar said...

In keeping with high points in sports fun, you may not believe this at first.

I bet you watch this twice or more.

This would likely never be allowed to happen in any fudamentalist run country. Enjoy.TG”

At 1:41 p.m., Blogger Sharon said...

It would be interesting to do two calculations. Instead of per medal (ie. team sports will inflate the number) you could calculate the number of medals per capita. US has 10x the people we do and obviously a bigger pool of athletes to choose from.

Another calculation you could do is number of medals per size of team. I don't have the data but for example if Canada has a team of 100 and US has a team of 150, but they got 1 more medal than we did. Obviously we are better ;)


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