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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Torino - Through Sunday, Feb 19

Posting will probably remain light through the duration of the Olympics, especially if the cold I am battling takes a while to go away. In the meantime, here are the updated adjusted national rankings through Sunday's events (just over halfway in terms of medals awarded):

1. Germany 8.0%
2. Canada 6.6%
3. Austria 5.6%
4. Norway 5.2%
5. Russia 4.6%
6. Switzerland 4.5%
7. U.S.A. 3.9%
8. Italy 2.3%
9. China 2.3%
10. Finland 2.2%

See this post for an explanation of how these numbers are computed.

Taking half of all the Skeleton medals boosted Canada significantly. So far no other country can match Canada's achievement of getting medals in 8 different sports. The Austrians are doing a better job than usual of winning medals outside of Alpine Skiing which is boosting their totals. After a good start, the Norwegians have struggled outside of biathlon and cross country which is holding down their score. Similarly, the U.S. has struggled outside of long-track speedskating and snowboarding events.


  • How many of those Austrian medals are going to be there at the end of these games...? Still waiting for doping results.

    By Blogger Thursday, at 9:29 PM  

  • The sad thing is, Austria hasn't won any medals in bathlon or cross-country, the sports from which the athletes in question compete in.

    The Austrians, as per usual, have dominated Alpine Skiing, probably the toughest event to 'artificially' increase your skill in (note that alpine skiing was one of the few events the Soviet Bloc never was strong in during the cold war), with a few added medals in ski jumping and luge, neither of which really requires blood doping for success, as far as I know.

    I guess their 3 medals in Nordic Combined could have been blood doping aided.

    By Blogger Declan, at 11:15 PM  

  • We now need to assign you an assistant blogger to go back and do the calculations for the previous Olympics -- say the last 10

    By Blogger KevinG, at 10:46 AM  

  • Actually, the cold I mentioned in a previous post turned out instead to be a somewhat nasty flu. After the worst had passed, but while still bedridden, I managed to type in all the Winter Olmypics back to the first one in Chamonix in 1924 (they get easier as you go back because there are far fewer events in the old Olympics (especially once you get to the point where there are no events for women except figure skating and alpine skiing).

    But I still have to check all my totals, to fix the errors I undoubtedly made.

    By Blogger Declan, at 11:00 AM  

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