Comparison of Demographic Ranking Systems at the Olympics

The USA and China, and in the past USSR have dominated the Olympic medal tables. One thing these countries have in common is large resources, including a large population from which to discover and develop Olympic medalists.

To some people just counting the medals won does not seem fair, and a more reasonable way of ranking the performance of countries at the Olympics is to compare the results based on demographic factors such as population size and economic factors such as gross domestic product (GDP). We have used the all-time medal count and 2008 medal table as examples to compare these ranking systems. See also the comparison of the alternative weighted points ranking systems.

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