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But I have been seeing on the telly here in the US a lump sum medal tally, with a bronze and a gold having equal weight.

Does that make the US come out better than Gold > Silver > Bronze?

It is generally the case that the medal table is sorted by metal.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 26th, 2008 at 05:11:45 AM EST
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Yes, the US comes out better if you lump all the kinds of medals together. This year China got the most gold, but the US got the most medals all told, IIRC.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Aug 26th, 2008 at 05:17:30 AM EST
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The Olympic coverage at Yahoo  internets was probably no less America-centered than at NBC. Eventually you could get to any results, but the front stories were all about American triumphs and dramas. There were surely pictures of Bolt as well, but also way too much beach-volleybal, softball and whining about scoring in gymnastics.

And of course, the medal count was the one that put USA on the top. I wonder if the gold vs all medals counts for China and USA were reversing in the middle of the games, they would had changed the ranking strategy as well. It is amusing to see winner-obsessed USA counting silvers and bronzes.

by das monde on Tue Aug 26th, 2008 at 05:47:31 AM EST
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I think that the Chinese were targeting the real medal count, so it would always have been safest to rely on the WPS count.

I have no idea how long the US media has been using a faux medal count, since I was in Oz during the last three Olympics.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Aug 26th, 2008 at 10:03:02 AM EST
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