WHAT IS THIS C#*P ABOUT NOT OWNING THE PODIUM?

By
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group West Coast Realty

I got curious about comments I heard lately about Canada’s failure to “own the podium” so I did my own investigation. What was my methodology? Pardon me. How do I do dat?

I dusted off my university statistics courses …. Not true … I let Excel do all the work.

I think the idea that Canada with its meager population is going to knock off the US is ludicrous. It’s great PR but if those folks really believe their own propaganda we better check the Kool Aid.

So. I calculated the ratio of medals won per 100,000 populations.

Countries like Norway, Austria, Switzerland, and Sweden are amazing but what else would we expect from countries where skates and skis are issued while still in the womb.

Canada at one medal per three million people is far superior to the US ratio of one medal to twelve million people.

Have a look: 

Medal ratios

Comments (9)

Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Go Canada!  Good hosts, good competitors, great neighbors. 

Feb 23, 2010 06:10 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Bob,

This sort of comparison is very helpful and keeps things in perspective.

Brian

Feb 24, 2010 12:13 AM
Bob Dunn
Sutton Group West Coast Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Dan: Thanks for the applause. We are neighbours as you are only a couple of hours down the road from me.

Feb 24, 2010 02:22 AM
Bob Dunn
Sutton Group West Coast Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Yes Brian there always one than one view.

Feb 24, 2010 02:23 AM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Bob,

Well done on researching those statistics. Puts things in perspective.

Feb 24, 2010 02:32 AM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Bob,

Incidentally, it's O.K. to say CRAP on Active Rain.

Feb 24, 2010 02:33 AM
Bob Dunn
Sutton Group West Coast Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Crap. I heard the pastor's wife say it so I guess its okay here as well.

Feb 24, 2010 02:40 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

I do think we were a little uncharacteristically brash about this program though. We'll be fortunate to come away with the same number of medals than we garnered four years ago. We had a lot of fourth and fifth place finishes.

Feb 24, 2010 06:08 AM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Bob:

How to go, is there anyway we can let the British press know this who have are having verbal diarrhea about us hosting the Olympics?

Ty

 

Feb 24, 2010 11:02 AM

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