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Which country will top the Olympics 2008 medal tally?

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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

I have to go for China (even though it's not my personal favourite). It was 3rd in Sydney, 2nd in Athens, so what else could we expect on home turf?

Very personally, I hope France could improve on its medal standing (7th in Athens) as it has been slipping for the past 3 games.

Place your predictions here and we'll revisit this thread when the games are officially closed.

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

I will go for China as well......2nd will be either The Americans or Russians;)

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I'm thinking China as well. Russia and the US should do well too. Then again, all three countries have had their fair share of athletes busted for drugs lately so I'm thinking there will definitely be a few more cases rocking the Olympic Games. Did you hear the US lost their gold medal in 4x400 from 8 years ago this week? They were so much better but three of the four rubbers admitted to doing drugs.

I've been thinking more and more lately that basically all these athletes must be doped, just not being busted yet. Sad thought!

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Relatively speaking, Australia of course

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

Relatively speaking, Australia of course

Relatively speaking I believe Norway was one of the top countries in Athens. Not expected to be as good this time round though...

6. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting Utrecht

Relatively speaking, Australia of course

Relatively speaking I believe Norway was one of the top countries in Athens. Not expected to be as good this time round though...

What was the ranking for Norway in Athens? In my impression, the nordic country seems to perform much better at the Winter Olympics. :)

7. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Ok, I have just checked, Norway was ranked 16th in Athens with 5 Golds, 0 Silver and 1 Bronze. I say it's rather impressive for a country with a relatively small population.

However, Spain was surprisingly disappointing at 20th position! (3 Golds, 11 Silvers, 5 Bronzes). Any Spaniard here like to explain what happened to Team Spain in 2004? Is this its usual standard?

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

Ok, I have just checked, Norway was ranked 16th in Athens with 5 Golds, 0 Silver and 1 Bronze. I say it's rather impressive for a country with a relatively small population.

And that'd be based on total golds. Now look at population divided by gold medals. Probably top 3... actually, just found someone who has done the math. Norway was second! Over 1 gold medal per million inhabitants. Bahamas were first based on both Gold metal tally per population and all medals per population. Australia did really really well there too!

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Haha, one of those sites I linked to also has medal count per gross domestic product (GDP).

I especially like the opening sentence:

This page contains Olympic results standardised by GDP. The thinking is that the more money you make the more likely you are able to train a freak of nature that can win a medal.

(emphasis = my own)

10. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

India( second most populous country) was 66th in Athens Olympics with just one silver medal, lets hope they improve on that and at least win a Gold medal!!!

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