Medals Per Athlete, 2012 Olympics

I’m not surprised this statistic hasn’t gotten a lot of attention so far, even though it’s probably the fairest way to compare across countries.

Update: I’m not sure if this is a fairer measure, but here’s medals won per million citizens. North Korea is still looking pretty solid, but Hungary’s stomping the world.
Oh, and what the hell, here’s the number of medals divided by nominal GDP, as reported in the CIA World Factbook.

[Cross-posted at Enik Rising]

Seth Masket

Seth Masket is an associate professor of political science at the University of Denver.