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In purely athletic sports, where most often one of the best athletes really wins, having more people doesn't make a win. 10 European people don't run faster than one Haitian. In sports with a higher random factor, like football, basketball, hockey,... you are right. But first in these sports is not the bulk of medals, and second it can be a disadvantage, not to be able to form a team of all the best players available. In Basketball the US did the double, while e.g. even in the bad German team a Dirk Nowitzky would be one of the top players in Spain or Greece. And sometimes European domination is so strong, that for the pure gold medal count it doesn't matter, who wins, as e.g. in male hockey, where with Spain and Germany two Eurozone teams were in the finals.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 25th, 2008 at 11:00:49 AM EST
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