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Old 08-15-08, 01:15 PM   #1
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The most Bad ***** Olympic Nation

The Bahamas, Cuba, and Australia have the most per capita Olympic medals since the 1996 games. The U.S. and China are weak sauce in comparison.

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Old 08-15-08, 01:20 PM   #3
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How many of the Olympic athletes train/play in the US and then represent their country in the the Olympics? Perhaps many of the top athletes in US sports have their origin in another country. Just a thought, I have no evidence to support this.
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But more populous nations have a bias against them by limiting the number of competitors that can compete from each country in each event.
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are you trying to say that the US is not the best nation on earth? cause, it kinda sounds like that's what you're saying.
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So the average Australian has 1.5 Olympic medals? Wow!!!
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As a cartographer, I can say this map is weak sauce.
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What would make it better sauce?
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So the average Australian has 1.5 Olympic medals? Wow!!!
You can't argue with statistics!!!!

Actually read again, MORE than 1.5!
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So if I move to Cuba I will become a better athlete???
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You can't argue with statistics!!!!

Actually read again, MORE than 1.5!
dude, that's like more than 30 million medals they've won. Wow!
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So if I move to Cuba I will become a better athlete???
No, it means that if you live in Cuba, and you aren't a good athlete, they put you on a raft and point you at Miami.
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This reminds me of one of those "Bush Country" maps, where all the trees in the forests and the stalks of corn in the midwest all voted for George Bush.
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So if I move to Cuba I will become a better athlete???
For all it's problems, Cuba does a great job of making sure that every one of it's citizens gets to participate in amateur athletics (and of course, there's no such thing as professional athletics). The system is a giant pyramid and everyone gets to play at the bottom, the best in the town move up to play people from other towns in their province, the best from the province move up to play the best form other provinces, etc (and this happens each year...you start back in your neighborhood or on your factory team). It must be very strange for Jose Shmo to play ball with the guy who is a national superstar.

I'm not fan of the Cuban government, but they do take their commitment to communism much more seriously that the Chinese do or the Soviets (from Stalin on) did. They don't put their most promising athletes into Olympic athlete factories, but they make sure that everyone who has talent gets the chance to develop it and those who don't have talent still get to play. Fidel is a big believer in the power of sports to make good and healthy citizens and has written a fair amount on it.

Somewhere in the bowels of my computer is most of the research for an academic paper on Socialist baseball in Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua that never got anywhere. Maybe I should ditch my dissertation and write on that instead, it's seeming much more interesting right now.

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^ Way to kill my one liner!

I'd Be interested in reading your paper if it is any shape to share and/or you are willing to share.
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^ Way to kill my one liner!

I'd Be interested in reading your paper if it is any shape to share and/or you are willing to share.
+1 on that please
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But more populous nations have a bias against them by limiting the number of competitors that can compete from each country in each event.
Ironically in one area where the U.S. is hit hardest Oz gets hit pretty hard. For swimming the rules were changed to limit it to at most 2 per country. Mainly because of U.S. success, but I'll bet Oz isn't pleased with this one either.

Heck, if it were open entry, e.g. qualifying times, not national origin for who got to the Olympics I'd bet there would be several events in Swimming where the U.S. and Oz would combine for a majority of the finalists. Wouldn't surprise me in fact if one of these could get a majority all by itself (The U.S. would have had at least 3 swimmers who would have been all but assured of making the finals in the 400 I.M., Oz has a great tradition in the freestyle).

And if it were best teams in Beach Volleyball how many of them would eb from the U.S.?

But the Per Capita Numbers for Oz are still very very impressive, and in line with what I saw when it comes to fitness of the general population.
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What would make it better sauce?
If it didn't look like it came out of a 1st grade social studies book.
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