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London 2012 Olympic Gold Medals per Capita

I saw some stats flying around this morning showing Team GB as having the highest number of gold medals per capita, after Super Saturday when we won 6 gold medals in a single day. I did a little investigation to check the numbers, and am not sure where the numbers came from.

The tweet I saw which seems to have been tweeted a few times by different people, says: Olympic Gold medals per million people – CHN: 0.14 GER: 0.61 USA: 0.66 FRA: 1.07 KOR: 1.23 GBR: 1.33.

Based on my calculations, I worked out the following: CHN: 0.019, GER: 0.061, USA: 0.080, FRA: 0.122, KOR: 0.181, GBR: 0.223, NWZ: 0.681.

New Zealand is by far the highest, because it has such a small population in relation to the others. I also ran some numbers for lifetime gold medals in the summer and combined summer and winter games, but still couldn’t calculate the numbers shown in the first tweet.

Gold medals per capita table

(at 09:30 GMT+1 on 05/08/2012)

Country  Population (millions) Gold Medals Gold to Population
New Zealand 4.41 3 0.681
Slovenia 2.05 1 0.487
Jamaica 2.71 1 0.369
Lithuania 3.20 1 0.312
Kazakhstan 16.56 5 0.302
Croatia 4.41 1 0.227
Georgia 4.47 1 0.224
Great Britain (UK) 62.64 14 0.223
Hungary 9.97 2 0.201
South Korea 49.78 9 0.181
Netherlands 16.70 3 0.180
Denmark 5.57 1 0.179
Cuba 11.25 2 0.178
North Korea 24.45 4 0.164
Switzerland 7.91 1 0.126
France 65.44 8 0.122
Belarus 9.47 1 0.106
Czech Republic 10.55 1 0.095
Italy 60.63 5 0.082
United States 311.59 25 0.080
Germany 81.73 5 0.061
South Africa 50.59 3 0.059
Poland 38.22 2 0.052
Romania 21.39 1 0.047
Australia 22.62 1 0.044
Ukraine 45.71 2 0.044
Venezuela 29.28 1 0.034
Canada 34.48 1 0.029
Russia 141.93 3 0.021
China 1,344.13 26 0.019
Japan 127.82 2 0.016
Ethiopia 84.73 1 0.012
Brazil 196.66 1 0.005

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