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Patriotism Olympic style

posted by Martin Rubli at 17:28

It's funny how media love to turn things their way if it only makes their country look better.

Now that the 2008 Summer Olympics are over, let's look at the medal table in a German newspaper:

2008 Summer Olympics medal table, German style

And then the same thing in an American newspaper:

2008 Summer Olympics medal table, American style

Obviously this kind of statistics always leave room for interpretation, but this one seems to be a bit of a stretch. Let's see what speaks against the U.S. version:

  • The precious metal market: Please drop me an e-mail if you would like to trade your pound of gold for a pound of silver or bronze.

  • Every single Olympic athlete: "Who cares that I only got a bronze medal. Silver and gold are just the same; it's the sport that counts!"

  • The International Olympic Committee: Their (unofficial) medal counts are sorted by gold, silver, and bronze in that order.

  • The Rest of the world: Yes, it's true. Almost the rest of the world counts in the same way the IOC does.

Too bad China scored so well. I would have been dying to find out how their government can push a 2 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze result to first rank. :-)


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