Politics

If you become involved in the political process, you can help to determine the shape of the world you live in, both locally and globally.

If you don’t, someone else will do it – and you may not like the result.

 

The Other Olympics Medals Chart

The athletes have competed, the winners have rejoiced, and the anthems have been played. The big countries have won lots of medals, and the smaller countries have won fewer, with their results displayed in the Olympic Medals Chart for all to see.

But is the Chart really fair? What kind of justice is it, when the USA, with 293 million people, has 1,000 times more people to choose from than tiny Bahamas, with just 300,000 people?

But is population alone a good measure of national athletic performance? What about the amount of money that a nation can devote to its athletes? I don’t have the statistics for athletics budgets for each nation, so the next best is GDP. When we rank the nations by how many billion dollars of GDP are needed to generate each medal, the results are even more interesting.

Choose from the last three Olympics below to see more:

ATHENS, 2004

SYDNEY, 2000

ATLANTA, 1996