Originally posted by uzless
by that logic, a population of 2 people that won 1 gold is the winning country? Uh...no.
That means that certain countries with big populations can never win if countries with tiny populations get even just a few medals.
The number of golds is what the table should be based on. Although, it's fair enough for countries to compare the total number of medals won too. But in those tables there'll only ever be two winners - China (with the heighest population) and the US (3rd heighest population?).
However, calculating the medals/golds won per head of the population is perfectly reasonable for the other countries to gauge how they're performing against each other.