Olympic medals .

Why does America win by an important factor the most Olympic medals every year ?

Big huge country with tons of people that are wealthy enough to devote a life to sport. Lots and lots of money spent on the athletes. And a high level of diversity that allows them to find elite athletes in a wide range of sports.

Plus we just kick ass!

Yep. America is the Russia of Rocky, and China is the America of Rocky, except America shows technology and science beats plain hard work.

Plus we just kick ass!

Except ours (Canada) Men's 100M, (upcoming 200M). Uhm, I'll just conveniently overlook most of the other stuff.

Got to believe that finding and some nurturing of talent at the right point plays a big part too, whether by luck or scouting or just having the drive/will to get there.

I suspect the UK is doing better this year when you allow for the difference in population?

Somebody said that two UK cyclists (who are getting married) have enough gold medals between them to rank 13th in the International rankings if they were counted as a country.

How soon will it be over?

...R

Do they surpass Micheal Phelps' total? He has done amazingly well over the years.

CrossRoads: Do they surpass Micheal Phelps' total? He has done amazingly well over the years.

No, not even close. I was just referring to this year.

...R

Robin2:
I suspect the UK is doing better this year when you allow for the difference in population?

We do have a lot more people to pick from. USA has someone in pretty much every single event. Multiple people in most.

America is the Russia of Rocky, and China is the America of Rocky

This may be true but then who is the Lichtenstein of Die Hard?

I personally think that that success is because of their mentality and the amount of money America spends on sports . also ever since the UK raised the budget for sports , the performance of their athletes remarkably increased and so did their medal count ranking .

It would be interesting to see a medals per person of population breakdown.

Having a huge population gives a larger number to choose from.

Weedpharma

This year you have the fastest person, next year they have the fastest. Let's spend 15 billion dollars, much of which may be kick backs etc.

What's this all about.

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That would take a while to compile. Here's the list of athletes per country for 2016.

Afghanistan · 3 Albania · 6 Algeria · 65 American Samoa · 4 Andorra · 5 Angola · 26 Antigua & Barbuda · 9 Argentina · 216 Armenia · 32 Aruba · 7 Australia · 424 Austria · 72 Azerbaijan · 56 Bahamas · 32 Bahrain · 35 Bangladesh · 7 Barbados · 12 Belarus · 124 Belgium · 106 Belize · 3 Benin · 6 Bermuda · 8 Bhutan · 2 Bolivia · 12 Bosnia & Herzegovina · 11 Botswana · 11 Brazil · 471 British Virgin Islands · 4 Brunei · 3 Bulgaria · 51 Burkina Faso · 5 Burundi · 9 Cambodia · 6 Cameroon · 23 Canada · 314 Cape Verde · 5 Cayman Islands · 5 Central African Republic · 6 Chad · 2 Chile · 42 China · 403 Chinese Taipei · 58 Colombia · 149 Comoros · 4 Congo · 11 Cook Islands · 9 Costa Rica · 12 Côte d'Ivoire · 12 Croatia · 88 Cuba · 124 Cyprus · 16 Czech Republic · 105 Denmark · 125 Djibouti · 7 Dominica · 2 Dominican Republic · 27 DR Congo · 4 Ecuador · 38 Egypt · 124 El Salvador · 8 Equatorial Guinea · 2 Eritrea · 13 Estonia · 46 Ethiopia · 38 Fiji · 54 Finland · 55 France · 406 FYR Macedonia · 6 Gabon · 6 Gambia · 4 Georgia · 40 Germany · 429 Ghana · 16 Great Britain · 373 Greece · 93 Grenada · 7 Guam · 5 Guatemala · 21 Guinea · 5 Guinea-Bissau · 5 Guyana · 6 Haiti · 10 Honduras · 27 Hong Kong, China · 38 Hungary · 162 Iceland · 8 Independent Olympic · 9 India · 121 Indonesia · 28 Iran · 64 Iraq · 22 Ireland · 77 Israel · 48 Italy · 312 Jamaica · 60 Japan · 340 Jordan · 8 Kazakhstan · 105 Kenya · 80 Kiribati · 3 Kosovo · 8 Kyrgyzstan · 19 Laos · 6 Latvia · 34 Lebanon · 9 Lesotho · 8 Liberia · 2 Libya · 7 Liechtenstein · 3 Lithuania · 67 Luxembourg · 10 Madagascar · 6 Malawi · 5 Malaysia · 32 Maldives · 4 Mali · 6 Malta · 7 Marshall Islands · 5 Mauritania · 2 Mauritius · 12 Mexico · 127 Micronesia · 5 Moldova · 23 Monaco · 3 Mongolia · 43 Montenegro · 35 Morocco · 51 Mozambique · 6 Myanmar · 7 Namibia · 10 Nauru · 2 Nepal · 7 Netherlands · 243 New Zealand · 203 Nicaragua · 5 Niger · 6 Nigeria · 74 North Korea · 31 Norway · 62 Oman · 4 Pakistan · 7 Palau · 5 Palestine · 6 Panama · 10 Papua New Guinea · 8 Paraguay · 11 Peru · 29 Philippines · 13 Poland · 246 Portugal · 94 Puerto Rico · 41 Qatar · 39 Refugee Olympic · 10 Romania · 98 Russia · 293 Rwanda · 7 Saint Kitts & Nevis · 7 Saint Lucia · 5 Samoa · 8 San Marino · 5 Sao Tome & Principe · 3 Saudi Arabia · 13 Senegal · 22 Serbia · 105 Seychelles · 10 Sierra Leone · 4 Singapore · 25 Slovakia · 51 Slovenia · 64 Solomon Islands · 3 Somalia · 2 South Africa · 140 South Korea · 208 South Sudan · 3 Spain · 309 Sri Lanka · 9 St Vincent & the Grenadines · 4 Sudan · 6 Suriname · 6 Swaziland · 2 Sweden · 158 Switzerland · 104 Syria · 7 Tajikistan · 7 Tanzania · 7 Thailand · 54 Timor-Leste · 3 Togo · 5 Tonga · 7 Trinidad & Tobago · 32 Tunisia · 61 Turkey · 103 Turkmenistan · 9 Tuvalu · 1 athlete Uganda · 21 Ukraine · 206 United Arab Emirates · 13 United States · 558 Uruguay · 17 US Virgin Islands · 7 Uzbekistan · 69 Vanuatu · 4 Venezuela · 88 Vietnam · 23 Yemen · 4 Zambia · 7 Zimbabwe · 31

Country-athletes    pop rank    pop 2015    medals 18Aug    % pop
Grenada · 7    195 107,327 1   0.09317%
Bahamas · 32   177 392,718 1   0.02546%
New Zealand · 203  127 4,565,185   10  0.02190%
Jamaica · 60   141 2,803,362   6   0.02140%
Slovenia · 64  147 2,069,362   4   0.01933%
Denmark · 125  114 5,690,750   9   0.01582%
Bahrain · 35   152 1,396,829   2   0.01432%
Hungary · 162  91  9,821,318   13  0.01324%
Armenia · 32   137 3,026,048   4   0.01322%
Georgia · 40   133 3,979,781   5   0.01256%
Croatia · 88   128 4,225,001   5   0.01183%
Fiji · 54  160 897,537 1   0.01114%
Lithuania · 67     140 2,850,030   3   0.01053%
Australia · 424    53  24,309,330  24  0.00987%
Netherlands · 243  66  16,979,729  15  0.00883%
Great Britain · 373    21  65,111,143  50  0.00768%
Estonia · 46   154 1,309,104   1   0.00764%
Sweden · 158   90  9,851,852   7   0.00711%
Azerbaijan · 56    89  9,868,447   7   0.00709%
Cuba · 124     78  11,392,889  8   0.00702%
Kazakhstan · 105   64  17,855,384  12  0.00672%
Mongolia · 43  138 3,006,444   2   0.00665%
Czech Republic · 105   87  10,548,058  7   0.00664%
Switzerland · 104  97  8,379,477   5   0.00597%
Norway · 62    119 5,271,958   3   0.00569%
Kosovo · 8         1,836,978   1   0.00544%
Belarus · 124  92  9,481,521   5   0.00527%
France · 406   22  64,668,129  31  0.00479%
Belgium · 106  80  11,371,928  5   0.00440%
Qatar · 39     144 2,291,368   1   0.00436%
Ireland · 77   124 4,713,993   2   0.00424%
Canada · 314   38  36,286,378  14  0.00386%
Italy · 312    23  59,801,004  23  0.00385%
Slovakia · 51  117 5,429,418   2   0.00368%
Greece · 93    83  10,919,459  4   0.00366%
Germany · 429  16  80,682,351  29  0.00359%
Serbia · 105   94  8,812,705   3   0.00340%
South Korea · 208  27  50,503,933  16  0.00317%
United States · 558    3   324,118,787 93  0.00287%
Russia · 293   9   143,439,832 41  0.00286%
North Korea · 31   51  25,281,327  7   0.00277%
Puerto Rico · 41   135 3,680,772   1   0.00272%
Japan · 340    11  126,323,715 33  0.00261%
Moldova · 23   130 4,062,862   1   0.00246%
Israel · 48    98  8,192,463   2   0.00244%
Uzbekistan · 69    45  30,300,446  7   0.00231%
Romania · 98   59  19,372,734  4   0.00206%
Poland · 246   36  38,593,161  7   0.00181%
Finland · 55   115 5,523,904   1   0.00181%
Tunisia · 61   79  11,375,220  2   0.00176%
Singapore · 25     113 5,696,506   1   0.00176%
Kyrgyzstan · 19    111 6,033,769   1   0.00166%
Ukraine · 206  31  44,624,373  7   0.00157%
Spain · 309    30  46,064,604  7   0.00152%
Kenya · 80     29  47,251,449  7   0.00148%
Bulgaria · 51  104 7,097,796   1   0.00141%
South Africa · 140     25  54,978,907  7   0.00127%
Austria · 72   96  8,569,633   1   0.00117%
United Arab Emirates · 13  93  9,266,971   1   0.00108%
Malaysia · 32  44  30,751,602  3   0.00098%
Portugal · 94  88  10,304,434  1   0.00097%
Dominican Republic · 27    86  10,648,613  1   0.00094%
Thailand · 54  20  68,146,609  6   0.00088%
Colombia · 149     28  48,654,392  4   0.00082%
Argentina · 216    32  43,847,277  3   0.00068%
Brazil · 471   5   209,567,920 12  0.00057%
Iran · 64  17  80,043,146  4   0.00050%
Ethiopia · 38  13  101,853,268 5   0.00049%
China · 403    1   1,382,323,332   54  0.00039%
Turkey · 103   19  79,622,062  3   0.00038%
Venezuela · 88     43  31,518,855  1   0.00032%
Morocco · 51   39  34,817,065  1   0.00029%
Algeria · 65   34  40,375,954  1   0.00025%
Egypt · 124    15  93,383,574  2   0.00021%
Vietnam · 23   14  94,444,200  2   0.00021%
Indonesia · 28     4   260,581,100 3   0.00012%
Philippines · 13   12  102,250,133 1   0.00010%
India · 121    2   1,326,801,576   1   0.00001%

Yawnnnnnnn

A friend of mine reckons there should be a “chemical” Olympics in which you can inject or ingest anything and everything.

Bring back the time (if it ever existed?) when the Olympics was for amateur athletes.

The idea of millionaire golfers competing is just ridiculous - there are several world standard golf events every year.

…R

OT: I was waiting for the sailing coverage to start last night on the BBC, and because of the weather conditions, the start kept getting put back. The BBC kept the channel open with a live feed from either a boat-based camera near the start line, or a land-based camera high above the course. Even this was more interesting than the coverage of the golf.

This last couple of weeks has been the one time this year that I feel proud to be from the UK.. Thats ONE time only !! :)

Robin2:
Yawnnnnnnn

A friend of mine reckons there should be a “chemical” Olympics in which you can inject or ingest anything and everything.

Exactly. We have open class in many things, why not open class sports. I’m sure some will say lives will be put at risk, and of course they are, but I mean, we would learn so much about the human body through willing participants, and lives are already needlessly at risk chasing around balls in most sports already.
As long as their f*ck ups don’t have to be supported with tax payer money in the healthcare system, let them go nuts.

Yes, let them go for it! SNL had it covered years ago 8) http://www.dirtybutton.com/videos/213-all-drug-olympics/