Seeing as revision of medals standings according to population have been so popular in these parts, I thought it would be worth a re-calculation according to my own prejudice. What would happen, I thought, if we removed all the extraneous nonsense that really shouldn’t earn an Olympic medal?
So here are the criteria, gone are:
- Swimming events, other than purely freestyle, after all Usain Bolt doesn’t get to do a 100m hopping does he?
- Anything where judges decide the results, so no Gymnastics, Synchronised Drowning, Diving or Trampoline.
- Anything where horses, rather than people, are doing the hard work.
- Anything where the pinnacle of the sport (in the competitors’ minds) is not an Olympic Gold, which takes care of Football and Tennis.
I couldn’t be arsed to do the entire table, so I limited it to the top 5 on the official table, plus Aussie and NZ for local flavour.
And here are the results:
As a pom, I'm going to take that result thanks very much, I'm happy to debate additional removals (road cycling, basketball?) but you won't budge me on reinstating anything.