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.