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216x Gold, 153x Silver, 120x Bronze
56x Gold, 57x Silver, 60x Bronze
38x Gold, 32x Silver, 22x Bronze
14x Gold, 24x Silver, 35x Bronze
16x Gold, 24x Silver, 30x Bronze
24x Gold, 24x Silver, 17x Bronze
20x Gold, 21x Silver, 21x Bronze
12x Gold, 21x Silver, 26x Bronze
18x Gold, 17x Silver, 18x Bronze
7x Gold, 13x Silver, 20x Bronze
7x Gold, 13x Silver, 20x Bronze
7x Gold, 13x Silver, 20x Bronze
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Dec 17th, 2009 at 02:38 GMT
For germany, i typed germany in and it gave me west but not east. Perhaps be more consistent
Feb 22nd, 2010 at 00:09 GMT
well they're different countries...
Aug 29th, 2010 at 16:34 GMT
I believe that the country that was known as west germany has the same name as the country known as germany now, it is consistent.
Game published: Aug 1st, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
Aug 1st, 2012 at 20:04 GMT
Congratulations to Michael Phelps for becoming the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games! 19 Medals!
Aug 1st, 2012 at 20:15 GMT
After China and FRG, Phelps would be the #15 Country...
Aug 1st, 2012 at 20:20 GMT
Can you name the top 10... 12 answers required...
Aug 1st, 2012 at 20:38 GMT
The USA are quite good at swimming then ;-) Oops, forgot about E Germany & Soviet Union.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 20:40 GMT
Phelps would be be on this list if - instead of total medal counts - the countries were listed by number of gold first, and then silver, and finally bronze. Well, that and if he were a country.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 21:02 GMT
I tried all sorts of island nations in the last few seconds...even Madagascar!
Aug 1st, 2012 at 21:25 GMT
The gap between U.S. and Australia is just insane.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 21:54 GMT
Which version of the medal table should it be. As there are the two versions. Total medals won or sorted in order of most golds, silvers then bronzes. As it would have an impact on the top 10's order without taking into consideration how countries won more than 7 golds but less than 40 medals.
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Aug 1st, 2012 at 22:22 GMT
@eab21 - to be fair the US has a much larger population than the USA. I assume that China has more gold medals than Canada but has yet to catch up on overall medals (China didn't take part until 1984).
Aug 1st, 2012 at 22:40 GMT
@Statto2: Country population means almost nothing in competition. Based on this chart, I'm just assuming that the high quality of U.S. tactics, training facilities, and coaching is what created the gap between them and the other countries.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 22:52 GMT
Where is France? It seems that the strongest competition for American swimmers in the current Olympics comes from France.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 23:02 GMT
@eab21 - so having approximately 14 times as many people to choose from has very little to do with why the USA has won more swimming medals than Australia??
Aug 1st, 2012 at 23:31 GMT
@Statto2 - if sporting success were determined by population, China and India would be world champions at everything. There are a number of factors involved, but I'd guess that quality of facilities is the most important one - it's no good having talented swimmers if you've got nowhere for them to train.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 23:34 GMT
obviously the population of a country has a lot to do with how many medals you can win. Larger talent pool = more medals. Otherwise Qatar would have bank-rolled and emigrated as many athletes as possible and smashed the competition.....like they do in soccer. But it doesn't work......you need the population, then you can win the medals. So on that basis, Australia's performances over the years is staggering.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 23:38 GMT
A strong economy to support a first class coaching panel and facilities is the perfect medium to realise the potential of a large population..........ala...USA.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 23:40 GMT
@ChileNoseJam - I agree population isn't the only factor as if that were the case, for example, the UK would be above Australia in this table. Facilities and the profile of the sport in the country can be very relevant. Swimming is practically Australia's national sport.
Aug 1st, 2012 at 23:47 GMT
It should be ordered by gold medals won as is custom in the olympics.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 00:33 GMT
SomeoneRandom - the US and Australia are the only two countries that consistently compete for the top spot in every event, teams like France tend to rise in certain specialties periodically, but they aren't a major overall power
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 02:22 GMT
Statto2: Aug 1st, 2012 at 22:22 GMT @eab21 - to be fair the US has a much larger population than the USA. I dunno statto2, I'm going to need to see statistical evidence to prove that the US has a larger population than the USA. It's rather hard for me to believe. I always thought the US population was quite close to the population of the USA.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 02:35 GMT
You know what's insane? Australia has about 30% as many medals as the US, despite having less than 10% as many people.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 05:07 GMT
@Linux, that's only b/c each country is limited to two athletes per event. if the US could compete with every athlete that would qualify over other countries' times, the US would have even more medals. also, apply this to gymnastics tomorrow, and Wieber, Douglas, and Raisman would have a good chance of sweeping those medals.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 09:47 GMT
Yes, population certainly doesn't mean much. Hungary is a country of 10 million and with 24 gold medals (25 since yesterday) that's probably the best medals/population ratio.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 09:48 GMT
Please accept DDR for East Germany.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 10:23 GMT
@ChileNoseJam - Wait, apart from swimming and running, China are champions at everything
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 11:23 GMT
@Pogues - yes you win the prize. Of course it was meant to read that the US has a much larger population than Australia!
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 14:11 GMT
shouldn't be counted by number of gold medals first, then silver (if equal number of golds), then bronze - as in the actual olympics. That means Germany would be a lowly 8th best.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 16:39 GMT
Population certainly doesn't hurt your cause, but there's more too it. As many mentioned, facilities for training, coaching, parents with an income and the time to to take you to practice, pay swim club fees, time to spend wknds at swim meets etc. Countries like China, the old Eastern Bloc countries made up for that by having national sporting systems, etc. And if I'm not mistaken, going from memory, I'm too lazy to check...I think that the US used to send 3 athletes in each event and quite often took all 3 medals. More often than not, the US Olympic swimming trials are a deeper talent pool than the actual Olympics.
Aug 2nd, 2012 at 17:07 GMT
your right nak and I think there is one other thing - a strong sporting ethos in the right sports.
Aug 3rd, 2012 at 14:47 GMT
Fingers crossed Rebecca Adlington wins gold tonight.
Aug 3rd, 2012 at 18:14 GMT
wow michael phelps has more gold than 4 of these. he should start his own country.
Aug 6th, 2012 at 22:19 GMT
Good to see my own little country up there, go Netherlands! With a population under 17 million we really do not do too badly.
Aug 8th, 2012 at 22:08 GMT
Heh. Go Ranomi!
Aug 13th, 2012 at 11:24 GMT
@SomeoneRandom; France actually has more gold medals than Canada, yet would still not appear on the top 10, as China and Sweden would beat them in that aspect as well.
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