Will be interesting to see who who will win the medal table this year. China absolutely destroyed the USA in 2008 in their home olympics...will their dominance continue or will the USA regain their regular spot at the top?
And btw, despite what the American media try to do, the medal table is decided by gold medals, not total medals. If two countries are tied on gold you go to silver and if still tied you go to bronze. Last olympics several American news agencies were claiming victory despite winning 15 less events than China. Sorry...having more place getters does not win you the olympics. Silver and Bronze are nothing to sneeze at but they are worth way way less than golds. It's always been funny to me that America is the one country that goes against the grain on this...it seems wrong given the American psyche. Sure, if a country like Italy tried to do that it wouldn't be surprising, but since when did America count losers the same as winners? Obviously they just couldn't bear having a list that went 1. China 2. USA.
The question has to be asked. Are Americans sore losers?
yeah we must be the best. if we aren't we will change the criteria for what constitutes the best. but we don't use the metric system, so are you really surprised we have our own scales?
i think it should be aggregate point total of medals if gold=3, silver=2, and bronze=1, so you need 3 bronzes to make up for lacking a gold. if team A has 10 golds, 8 silvers, 5 bronzes, then they did better than team B who has 11 golds, 2 silvers, and 3 bronzes imo.
our football player is a national champion at the long jump, and since we are america, that is very significant. if he decides to shed his pads, you should be worried.