Tokyo Olympic 2020

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Saint, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

    I watched the opening ceremony.
    I saw that Iraq's team is just a few persons, very pitiful.
    Such a big country annihilated by USA, and became rubbles.
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  3. Saint Valued Senior Member

    China leading in medal table.
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  5. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    When did the USA annihilate Iran?
    China has a lot of people from which to select its elite athletes, and a well-funded training programme for the selected athletes. So, not terribly surprising.

    The top 6 countries at the end of the games, based on gold medal count, were, in order:
    USA [13]
    China [56]
    Japan [5]
    Great Britain [3]
    Russia (in effect) [6]
    Australia [1]

    Those numbers in the square brackets are the relative populations of the listed countries, with Australia's population of 25.8 million people scaled to 1. So, for instance, China has 56 times as many citizens as Australia has.

    For a while there, I thought the US was having a hard time at these games, but they squeaked through in the end - maybe not doing quite as well as they would have liked.

    Japan didn't have far to travel to get to the games, so had a big team on the ground and host-country enthusiasm. Nevertheless, a very good showing.

    Great Britain similarly seems to have had an excellent Olympic outing this time around.

    It seems possible that a lot of the Russians won their medals without cheating this time around, which is commendable.

    As for Australia, my own country, I think we did pretty well. (Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!) Mind you, we throw money and resources at our Olympic athletes, just like all the other countries in the list above. There are a lot of countries with smaller populations and budgets, which makes the overall medal count more of a political exercise than anything else. What ought to be more important are the performances of the individual athletes, regardless of what country they call home.
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  7. Saint Valued Senior Member

    USA top in gold medal, followed by China.
  8. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

    We've done okay in the past 4 olympics, ever since we started to take the funding of athletes seriously. I'm of the opinion, though, that the Olympics should only have sports where the Olympics are the greatest achievement, so no baseball, basketball, football, hockey, golf, tennis etc.
    I think Australia, and the US for that matter, tend to do well in the water (swimming), where a seemingly disproportionate number of medals are won by the same individual: of those who won the most medals at the games, the top 9 were all swimmers. Of Australia's 17 gold medals, 9 were won by just 3 people in the pool, and those three won a combined 15 of Australia's 46 medals. Some terrific performances, mind you.
  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    On a per capita basis, the US is waaaaay down the list, and China is even lower.
  10. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

    the us-australia swimming rivalry is the longest running olympic level rivalry
  11. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    fixed it for you
  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Arghh. Don't know how that happened. I guess I got distracted by the medal count analysis.
  13. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    ain't nobody's perfect
  14. nebel

    This is late, but watching the replay, the gold medal to Canada's lady football team was given to them by the Swedish players Seger and particularly Andersson.
  15. Jeeves Valued Senior Member


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