Monday, August 11, 2008

Why does China win so many gold medals?

So here are the Chinese medal tallies from the past four Olympics (in reverse chronological order, g/s/b):


The tally so far this year is 9-3-2. The disproportionate spike in gold medals is interesting because every other country with a large (>10, hence statistical) medal count has a relatively even distribution -- like China 92/96. Is China dominating relatively uncompetitive events?


Grobstein said...

Is China dominating relatively uncompetitive events?

I read an article that suggested this was an explicit strategy of the Chinese team, and the examples seemed persuasive, but I can't find it now.

Alan said...


Zed said...

Thanks. Wonder if they mind that their strategy is obvious from the medal count.

Alan said...

Commies only care about the bottom line. They're glass-bottom-feeders