Certain nations who shall remain nameless have been doing a fair bit of skiting about how well they’ve done. So I thought I’d do a bit of number crunching. Of course it isn’t completed (or is it?) but using the Wikipedia population figures and the official medal tally, I plotted gold medals per million population and medals overall per million population… Look below the fold for the surprising results
Blue is Gold medals per million of population. Green is medals overall per million of population.
The US was 32th, China was 47th. The outstanding Olympic nation is Jamaica, and Bahrain, and the Central Asian, Oceanic and Northern European nations are the best general performers. Cuba deserves note as a good medal winner. Oh, and the Russians beat the Americans hands down.