Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Olympics Day 5

Medal Count:

1.  USA:  9 + 8 + 9 = 26
2.  CHN:  8 + 3 + 6 = 17
3.  JPN:  3 + 1 + 10 = 14
4.  RUS:  3 + 6 + 3 = 12

Here have been the top 3 medal winning countries in recent Summer Olympics (by total medals):

2000:  USA, RUS, CHN.  (JPN was 14th)
2004:  USA, RUS, CHN.  (JPN was 5th)
2008:  USA, CHN, RUS.  (JPN was 11th)
2012:  USA, CHN, RUS.  (JPN was 6th)

So it will be interesting to see if Japan can make a real run at finishing in the top 3.  I've long thought that Japan under-performed in international sports.  Maybe they've decided to take a different approach.


  1. Kristin Armstrong, who attended the University of Idaho and who turns 43 years old tomorrow, just won the women's individual time trial in cycling. Good for her!

    1. OK, sorry. We were doing parallel posts.

      But, yes, good for Kristin Armstrong! That was fantastic.

  2. Technically, by the way, it is winter in Rio, so we have a lot of blustery weather today.

  3. The Guardian reports that rugby sevens has been "the hit of the games so far."

  4. One of my favorite things about water polo is when they call a timeout, and the teams swim over to their coaches.

  5. I want someone from the NRA to explain why American men are so terrible at all the shooting sports.

  6. Scoreboard update: I switched from the Gold Zone to NBC, where they have an American-style scoreboard for the beach volleyball, with the names of the players and the scores of the prior sets. That's interesting -- on the Gold Zone we are probably getting some sort of generic feed with a minimalist scoreboard that can be used in any country.