2010 Winter Olympics - Ranking Countries Based On Medal Results
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There are many reasons to be proud at the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Olympics: the great job Vancouver did on hosting, the great accomplishments of many athletes and nations, the excitement and jovial atmosphere throughout, and of course, gold for Canada in ice hockey and curling.

Back when the 2008 summer games were going, I created a spreadsheet to monitor the performance of different nations relative to their population and to their estimated GDP for an alternate way at looking at the games. For 2010, I did it again and thought "Hey! I could share my results in a geeklist." So here it is:

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DISCLAIMER: There is no intent to undermine the accomplishments any one nation. The rankings are based on calculations using available data. Opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of BGG.
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1. Board Game: Winter Olympics VCR Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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To start off, one of the standard ways of viewing the results - by counting all medals.

TOTAL MEDALS RANKING
1 United States (USA)
2 Germany (GER)
3 Canada (CAN)

4 Norway (NOR)
5 Austria (AUT)
6 Russia (RUS)
7 South Korea (KOR)
T8 Sweden (SWE)
T8 China (CHN)
10 France (FRA)

11 Switzerland (SUI)
12 Netherlands (NED)
13 Czech Republic (CZE)
14 Poland (POL)
15 Italy (ITA)
16 Japan (JPN)
17 Finland (FIN)
18 Australia (AUS)
T19 Slovakia (SVK)
T19 Belarus (BLR)

21 Slovenia (SLO)
22 Croatia (CRO)
23 Latvia (LAT)
24 Great Britain (GBR)
T25 Estonia (EST)
T25 Kazakhstan (KAZ)
27 all countries without medals (such as New Zealand )
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The alternate approach, which values being first over being first or second runner-up.

TOTAL GOLD MEDALS RANKING
1 Canada (CAN)
2 Germany (GER)
3 United States (USA)

4 Norway (NOR)
5 South Korea (KOR)
6 Switzerland (SUI)
T7 Sweden (SWE)
T7 China (CHN)
9 Austria (AUT)
10 Netherlands (NED)

11 Russia (RUS)
12 France (FRA)
13 Australia (AUS)
14 Czech Republic (CZE)
15 Poland (POL)
16 Italy (ITA)
T17 Slovakia (SVK)
T17 Belarus (BLR)
19 Great Britain (GBR)

20 Japan (JPN)*
T21 Slovenia (SLO)*
T21 Croatia (CRO)*
23 Latvia (LAT)*
24 Finland (FIN)*
T25 Estonia (EST)*
T25 Kazakhstan (KAZ)*
27 all countries without medals

*medalled without a gold.
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As some nations have much greater populations than others, looking at the population per medal yields some interesting results. The United States earned one Olympic Medal for every 8.3 million citizens. Germany earned one for every 2.7 million citizens. Canada - one for every 1.3 million citizens. Norway earned an amazing one Olympic medal for every 0.2 million citizens - that is more than 6 times Canada's result and more than 40 times the US' result. Well done Norway!

POPULATION PER MEDAL RANKING
1 Norway (NOR)
2 Austria (AUT)
3 Slovenia (SLO)

4 Sweden (SWE)
5 Switzerland (SUI)
6 Finland (FIN)
7 Latvia (LAT)
8 Canada (CAN)
9 Estonia (EST)
10 Croatia (CRO)

11 Czech Republic (CZE)
12 Slovakia (SVK)
13 Netherlands (NED)
14 Germany (GER)
15 Belarus (BLR)
16 South Korea (KOR)
17 France (FRA)
18 Poland (POL)
19 Australia (AUS)
20 United States (USA)

21 Russia (RUS)
22 Italy (ITA)
23 Kazakhstan (KAZ)
24 Japan (JPN)
25 Great Britain (GBR)
26 China (CHN)*

*with one medal for every 123.1 million people.
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Out of my own interest, a quick look at the population per gold medal rankings. Norway is again absolutely incredible earning one gold medal for every 1/2 million people. Not necessarily the fairest of comparisons - the US would have to earn an impossible 617 gold medals to match that.

POPULATION PER GOLD MEDAL RANKING
1 Norway (NOR)
2 Switzerland (SUI)
3 Sweden (SWE)

4 Austria (AUT)
5 Canada (CAN)
6 Netherlands (NED)
7 Czech Republic (CZE)
8 Slovakia (SVK)
9 South Korea (KOR)
10 Germany (GER)

11 Belarus (BLR)
12 Australia (AUS)
13 France (FRA)
14 United States (USA)
15 Poland (POL)
16 Russia (RUS)
17 Italy (ITA)
18 Great Britain (GBR)
19 China (CHN)

20 All other nations*

*friends don't let friends divide by zero.
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Canada did really well in these games and I do not intend to undermine my compatriots; however, money available to invest into athletes can be huge to their success. Using the IMF 2009 GDP estimates, this ranking is created by looking at the GDP (millions of USD) per medal:

GDP PER MEDAL RANKINGS
1 Latvia (LAT)
2 Slovenia (SLO)
3 Norway (NOR)

4 Belarus (BLR)
5 Croatia (CRO)
6 Estonia (EST)
7 Austria (AUT)
8 Slovakia (SVK)
9 Czech Republic (CZE)
10 Sweden (SWE)

11 Finland (FIN)
12 Switzerland (SUI)
13 Canada (CAN)
14 South Korea (KOR)
15 Poland (POL)
16 Netherlands (NED)
17 Russia (RUS)
18 Germany (GER)
19 Kazakhstan (KAZ)
20 France (FRA)

21 Australia (AUS)
22 United States (USA)
23 China (CHN)
24 Italy (ITA)
25 Japan (JPN)
26 Great Britain (GBR)
27 All others
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My father insists that the best way to compare medals would be with a point based system, such as 7 points for gold, 3 for silver, and 1 for bronze. Neat idea, but it does generate many tied placings without a Power Grid tie breaking rule. The resulting rankings are shown:

POINT-BASED RANKINGS
1 Canada (CAN)
2 United States (USA)
3 Germany (GER)
4 Norway (NOR)
5 South Korea (KOR)
6 Austria (AUT)
7 Switzerland (SUI)
7 Sweden (SWE)
7 China (CHN)
10 Russia (RUS)
11 Netherlands (NED)
12 France (FRA)
13 Czech Republic (CZE)
13 Poland (POL)
15 Australia (AUS)
16 Italy (ITA)
17 Slovakia (SVK)
17 Belarus (BLR)
17 Japan (JPN)
20 Great Britain (GBR)
20 Slovenia (SLO)
20 Croatia (CRO)
20 Finland (FIN)
24 Latvia (LAT)
25 Estonia (EST)
25 Kazakhstan (KAZ)
27 All others
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Now to get to the actual point. To create a final ranking that combines the total number of medals won and the placing of those medals while still taking some consideration for national populations and GDPs.

MY CALCULATED RANKINGS
1 Norway (NOR)
2 Canada (CAN)
3 Austria (AUT)

4 Germany (GER)
T5 United States (USA)
T5 Sweden (SWE)
7 South Korea (KOR)
8 Switzerland (SUI)
9 Russia (RUS)
10 Netherlands (NED)

11 Czech Republic (CZE)
12 France (FRA)
13 China (CHN)
14 Poland (POL)
15 Slovakia (SVK)
16 Belarus (BLR)
17 Slovenia (SLO)
18 Australia (AUS)
19 Finland (FIN)
20 Croatia (CRO)

21 Italy (ITA)
22 Latvia (LAT)
23 Japan (JPN)
24 Estonia (EST)
25 Great Britain (GBR)
26 Kazakhstan (KAZ)
27 All nations without medals


Even with Canada hosting, breaking their own medal records, earning the most gold medals in the winter Olympics ever, and being my native land, I have to say that Norway deserves to be considered the top ranked country for these games - they performed well beyond their weight class.
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One statistic that I did not include but think that it would be interesting to see is number of (gold) medals per participating athlete. Some countries do very well because they compete in many, many events. This inclusion would require an easy source for the number of athletes from each nation. It would also be difficult to account for team sports (which IMO is the best part of the games).

FYI, the two nations that earned the most gold medals per athlete in attendance were Korea and the Netherlands.
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A geeklist to help "Celebrate the 2010 Olympics".
 
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