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Thu, Aug. 2nd, 2012, 07:01 am
A quick question about the Olympics' medal tally

Is it standard practice for Americans to count the rankings for the medal tally in the Olympics by counting each medal to be of equal value? For example, it puts Japan ahead of France even though France has 5 gold medals to Japan's 2 (these figures will of course change all the time, but finding examples won't be hard to do). In Australia we rank gold medals first and I took it for granted that's how the rest of the world does it.

Thu, Aug. 2nd, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
sunookitsune

No, but it is common practice to ignore NBC.

Thu, Aug. 2nd, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Oh, snap!

Thu, Aug. 2nd, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
lupine52

rank is total #of events won, (regardless of # of athletes involved) first and metal place as the tie breaker.

Thu, Aug. 2nd, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
schnee

I was told that it's common to do that in the USA (perhaps because it tends to boost their rating) last time, in 2008, but I don't know whether it's true.