Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Canada Wins The Olympics! (based on the market value of the medals)

According to a Bloomberg article:

"First-place winners get gold-plated medals that are 92.5 percent silver. The second-place prizes are also 92.5 percent silver, while the third-place bronze medals are mostly copper. The Olympic medals weigh about 500 to 556 grams, meaning the metal in the gold awards are valued at about $537 based on yesterday’s closing prices. The silvers are worth about $300 and the bronzes about $3.40."

See Olympic Champs Wear Old Trinitrons as Teck Turns Junk to Medals. Applying these values to the medals won by all the countries, Canada ranks first. But, if you reverse the outcome of the gold-medal game in hockey, each country changes by $237, the difference between gold and silver. Then the US has 9614 and Canada has 9398.



If you count every medal won by a country, including one for each player on a team, like every hockey player, the next table has the results. Carl Bialik of the WSJ forwarded this NBC site which had the data. The table below is different from the one I posted yesterday. For some reason when I copied and pasted the data from the NBC site into Excel, more information got carried over than appears on the screen. Some data was double counted. So here is the revised table.

9 comments:

Stephen Slade Tien said...

China and Sweden are both #7...

Anonymous said...

Every player for the Canadian hockey team left with a gold medal (not just one for the whole team), so your numbers are way off.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous Doesn't that count for any of the team sports as well? Bobsled 2 and 4 (mens and womens), the skating teams (speed and figure), and as you pointed out, hockey.

Cyril Morong said...

Thanks to all of you for dropping by and commenting. If you want to see what the count is if you count everyone on a team who gets a medal, go to

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2010/03/03/the-count-how-did-canada-win-medal-count-follow-the-money/

Cyril Morong said...

sorry, that is not quite what they do at that link

Bearclaw said...

"But, if you reverse the outcome of the gold-medal game in hockey, each country changes by $237, the difference between gold and silver. Then the US has 9614 and Canada has 9398."

bwahaha!! If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, then I'm sure the US would have had a merry Olympics. That's like saying "But if Botswana had won gold in every event, they'd be the big winner". They didn't. Canada comes in first. Suck it up a bit.

Cyril Morong said...

No, I'm not complaining or using ifs or buts. I wanted to point out that "everything" was riding on that game. But thanks for dropping by and commenting.

heart disease said...

Hello i didnt know that you win the Olympics based in the value of the total of the medals i thought that the one how got more medals win and is not like that you have to sum the total medals.

Cyril Morong said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I meant this post as a joke. It was not intended to be taken seriously.