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USA does not top the medal tally when it is adjusted for populations, GDP, and medal per athlete

USA is not the real winner from Rio Olympics. There are other nations who were better taking other factors into consideration.

Katie Ledecky Simone Biles Michael Phelps
The likes of Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles helped USA to 121 medals at Rio

The grandest event in the world has ended in Brazil and like always, it is time for everyone to wonder who the biggest winner of the Games actually was. United States may have dominated the medal tally but if we turn around the tally according to the medals according to GDP, medals per capita income, medals per athlete, etc, then there are huge surprises in store for us.

When we look at the medal tally according to “population per medal” the results are very interesting as it is Grenada and Bahamas who sit at the first and second place followed by  Jamaica in third.

There is also the interesting fact about Tajikistan displacing USA at the top of the medal tally if we look at the table which ranks nations according to the medals per athlete. Tajikistan, interestingly, had sent a total of 7 athletes to the Games out of which 4 had won a medal.

This placed USA on second place with an impressive 53 weighted medals out of every 100 medals in Rio.

The population per medal factor can be further seen in this statistical analysis of the Rio Olympics. Our friends at Medals Per Capita have worked hard to prove that the Carribean has been the biggest winners from the first Olympic Games held in South America.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), defines how the economy of a nation is doing, but here it also shows which are the top nations who are doing well in winning medals on the basis of how good or bad their GDP is doing. The list shows “medals per $100 billion GDP” where smaller nations such as Grenada, Jamaica and Kenya take the podium spots.


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