Saturday, August 23, 2008
Putting the Host Country In Its Place
After coming into these games under global scrutiny given their perceived political "shortcomings," it is no secret that China's hospitality has been tainted by questionable decisions, including but not limited to CGI fireworks, underage gymnasts and 7-year-old lip sync-ers.
But there is one thing that I find most appalling and unacceptable.
It's the arrogance by which they tout their success in Olympic competition.
Sure, China has won a ton of medals. More specifically, a ton of gold medals.
But let's call a spade a spade. The country has over 1.3 BILLION people from which to cultivate and develop athletically, probably in some far-off Siberian training camp.
So, in the spirit of our little red buddies, let's level the playing field in true Commy fashion.
Using Yahoo's medal tally and Wikipedia's list of countries by population, I have put together unofficial official Medals Per Capita (MPC) lists - 1 based on total medals, the other on gold medals.
As such, China ranks 69th Overall and 47th in Gold MPC.