siomebody figure out who really won

eamon o
Sports 25 Aug '08 15:12
1. 25 Aug '08 15:12
when you factor-in the population of the countries ?
ie -gold medals / head of population.

surely thats the true decider
2. Palynka
Upward Spiral
25 Aug '08 15:44
Originally posted by eamon o
when you factor-in the population of the countries ?
ie -gold medals / head of population.

surely thats the true decider
I like that ranking.

Portugal >>>> China.

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3. 26 Aug '08 07:22
Originally posted by eamon o
when you factor-in the population of the countries ?
ie -gold medals / head of population.

surely thats the true decider
Why don't you do it yourself?
4. uzless
The So Fist
26 Aug '08 17:25
Originally posted by eamon o
when you factor-in the population of the countries ?
ie -gold medals / head of population.

surely thats the true decider
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.
5. uzless
The So Fist
26 Aug '08 17:261 edit
Best way is to give points per medal

10 points for gold
5 points for silver
2 point for bronze

Then total the score.
6. 27 Aug '08 08:24
Originally posted by eamon o
when you factor-in the population of the countries ?
ie -gold medals / head of population.

surely thats the true decider
Jamaica, I'd think.

Richard
7. forkedknight
Defend the Universe
28 Aug '08 17:12
What about weighting the team sports vs individual? Is the Gymnastics team gold worth the same as the Pommelhorse gold? I don't think so.
8. shortcircuit
The Energizer
28 Aug '08 22:54
Originally posted by forkedknight
What about weighting the team sports vs individual? Is the Gymnastics team gold worth the same as the Pommelhorse gold? I don't think so.
Why wouldn't they be equal? There is only one gold medal awarded in each. However, the single events do present the opportunity for the same country to score 3 medals, whereas the team competitions only allow for one medal.
9. 30 Aug '08 06:00
I think it should climax in a penalty shoot out ,like they do in proper sport๐
10. 01 Sep '08 10:40
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.
11. uzless
The So Fist
02 Sep '08 19:13
Originally posted by forkedknight
What about weighting the team sports vs individual? Is the Gymnastics team gold worth the same as the Pommelhorse gold? I don't think so.
are any of those events even worth a gold medal?