Olympic Medal Count and Scoring

Olympic Medal Count and Scoring

When the media ranks a country's success at the Olympics, it is almost always in terms of their medal count. The total number of gold, silver, and bronze medals that a country's athletes have won during the games. However, I think that a total medal count only tells part of the story. So I have put together a data viz that assigns points to the type of medal awarded: 3 for gold, 2 for silver, 1 for bronze. I'm sure I am not the first person to think about doing this, however, you rarely see this in the mainstream media. I can understand why. Earning a bronze is an accomplishment in and of itself, even if the athlete would have preferred gold.

However, I thought it would be interesting to see how countries would be ranked on scoring the type of medals earned versus their total medal count.

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Posted Aug 10, 2012
 
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Tags Medal Count, Olympics
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