Friday, August 15, 2008

Medal Charts (presented by ExxonMobil)

Here is the medal chart from NBC.com:

2008 Medals

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
14131946
269641
57820
38819
69318

And here's a chart from a Chinese website:
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China
26 9 6 41
2 United States
14 13 19 46
3 Germany 8 2 4 14
4 South Korea
6 9 3 18
5 Italy
6 4 4 14

Hmmm... Which is it. China or U.S. #1?

My students tell me Wikipedia is the most reliable resource on the web. Here's Wikipedia's table:
Rank ↓ Nation ↓ Gold ↓ Silver ↓ Bronze ↓ Total ↓
1 China 26 9 6 41
2 United States 14 13 19 46
3 Germany 8 2 4 14
4 South Korea 6 9 3 18
5 Italy 6 4 4 14

So it must be true. China really is the best country in the world, apparently... but NBC knows Exxon Mobil does most of its business in the U.S. so... "USA! USA! USA!"

2 comments:

Shantal said...

Which is more important, winning lots of medals or being the best winner (with the most golds)? I think it depends most on whether or not you want to think of yourself as the most dominant with the highest total medal count or as the absolute best with the most gold medals.
I bet if the US had the most gold medals and not the highest total, the ExxonMobile chart would look a little different...

Corry Cropper said...

I'm beginning to think we should organize the medal chart by weight. How much do all of your country's medals weigh? Heaviest wins.