Stop with the Medal Counts...It's Gold Jerry, Gold!

So currently the US leads the medal count…Hooray! But you know what, that is built up primarily on second and third place results. How about, Oh I don’t know listing the top country as the one with the most Gold medals, because last I checked the Gold Medal winner is like the champion or something. And that would be Norway.

Gratulerer til Norge!!!

Enough with the medal counts period - stop obsessing over “national pride”, celebrate individual and team sport athletic achievement.

I completely agree with you, which is why I get my medal results from the Beeb. Then I can look to see what each county received medals in. Imagine my surprise when Netherlands shot to the top all the sudden. They did a darn good job in one category.

Why can’t everyone just get a medal for showing up and trying their hardest?

Except counting only Golds, that means that Switzerland (6 gold/11 total metals) is tied with the Netherlands (6 golds/22 total medals).

And if you try to assign points to each place, how the points are allocated will change the rankings.
Example: In track, dual meets are scored 5-3-1. That would give Norway a score of 69-61 over the US. Using championship meet scoring( more than 6 teams) 10-8-6-4-2-1, then the US outscores Norway 176-174.


Ask your neighbours to the north.

ETA Or, ask those folks across the pond from us, as thursday_next suggested.

It’s interesting to see that Russia and Germany are 2 and 3, yet have no Women’s gold medals.


Nonsense! Norway rules, everyone else drools! Wooo!

Is there really an “obsession,” though? I mean, NBC mentions the medal counts for each day once at the end of primetime, and that’s about it. I don’t know that it’s been a really huge deal since the end of the Cold War.

I think it’s fairly well understood that medal counts are wonky anyway with the number of events out there. A curling or hockey team can take two weeks of competition to add one to a medal count, while at the same time a single athlete can run races for a 500m, 1000m, 1500m, a relay, etc.

Bingo is an Olympic sport?

So do away with the Parade of Nations and the National Olympic Committees and all that. I mean if we are stressing the individual here…

If it isn’t, it should be!

Clearly you should prefer total medal count or gold only depending on which one makes your country look better at the current Olympics. In four years no one will remember which stance you took, so you’ll be free to reverse your position next time round if it’s advantageous.

You can bookmark me hereby declaring for Gold=3, Silver=2, Bronze=1.

Er, so long as Decathlon gold counts double.

German Marie Hoefl-Riesch won the women’s alpine combined, Carina Vogt won the women’s ski jump, and Natalie Geisenberger won the women’s luge.

Yes, three is close to zero, I agree :slight_smile:

(Germany also won the team luge championship, which included one woman (Geisenberger) and three men)

But if we do that, how will we know if we’re beating Sweden?! :confused:

Can we start an argument that subjective competitions shouldn’t count for much in the rankings of countries? Anything that requires a judge to give points should be be worth maybe 1/3 as much in the medal counts!

Well, we could still celebrate each time our individuals beat their individuals.