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Olympic Medal Counts Sorted By Sportsmanship
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August 10, 2012, 02:16 AM
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The Chinese public has recently begun to question its government`s and media`s emphasis on winning Olympic gold medals while ignoring or castigating silver and bronze medalists. 

Indeed, there`s something bullying about the Go Gold or Go Home attitude. So, I`ve sorted the medal charts by percentage of non-gold medals won as one clue to which countries have a healthy middle-of-the-road attitude toward the Olympics, wanting to be competitive without being obsessive about Winning Is the Only Thing. The top three countries in terms of percent of medals won that are not gold are Canada (only one gold out of 16 total medals), Sweden, and Japan. At the bottom of the list is North Korea (four golds out of five). Who would you rather have as a neighbor: Canada or North Korea?

Gold Silver Bronze Total % non-Gold
Canada 1 5 10
16
94%
Sweden 1 3 3
7
86%
Japan 5 14 14
33
85%
Spain 2 7 2
11
82%
Brazil 2 2 7
11
82%
Australia 6 13 10
29
79%
Russia 12 21 23
56
79%
Romania 2 5 2
9
78%
Denmark 2 4 3
9
78%
Poland 2 1 6
9
78%
Czech Rep, 2 3 3
8
75%
Slovenia 1 1 2
4
75%
Germany 10 16 11
37
73%
France 8 9 12
29
72%
Kenya 2 2 3
7
71%
Belarus 3 3 4
10
70%
New Zealand 3 2 5
10
70%
Ukraine 3 1 6
10
70%
Netherlands 5 5 6
16
69%
Jamaica 3 3 3
9
67%
Georgia 1 1 1
3
67%
Norway 1 1 1
3
67%
Italy 7 6 6
19
63%
Cuba 3 3 2
8
63%
USA 39 25 26
90
57%
Iran 4 4 1
9
56%
China 37 24 19
80
54%
Korea 12 7 6
25
52%
Great Britain 25 13 14
52
52%
Croatia 2 1 1
4
50%
Ethiopia 2
2
4
50%
Hungary 8 4 3
15
47%
South Africa 3 1 1
5
40%
Kazakhstan 6
3
9
33%
Switzerland 2 1
3
33%
DPR Korea 4
1
5
20%