Thursday, August 21, 2008

Australia! Olympic World Champions!

Well, okay, we're only fifth on the Olympic Medal Tally - but HEY! That's FIFTH!!! We're ahead of Germany, Korea, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand, Canada - just about everywhere except for those really, really BIG nations, China, the US, Russia and Great Britain (okay, GB is titchy in size, but they have heaps more people than us).

Let's do the maths, guys.
China: Population 1,321,851,888; Medals 81
Medals per head of population = 0.000000006127

United STates: Population 301,139,947; Medals 83
Medals per head of population = 0.00000027561

Great Britain: Population 60,776,238; Medals 39;
Medals per head of population = 0.00000064169

Russia: Population 141,377,752; Medals 47;
Medals per head of population = 0.00000000707

Australia: Population 20,434,176; Medals 37;
That equates to a WHOPPING 0.00000181069 medals per head of population!!!!!
And in case THAT doesn't sound impressive, on these figures, if Australia was as big as:
Great Britain, we would have 110 medals
Russia, we would have 256 medals
United States, we would have 545 medals
China, we would have 2,393 medals.
Yes, these are the GREATEST GAMES EVER!!!! and the Ozzies are the CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!

(For more evidence, just here's H.G. Nelson's latest column in


At Friday, August 22, 2008 3:06:00 am , Blogger Ttony said...

And if you based your calculation on sunny days, or rainless days? Face up to it: for once the UK is doing OK.

At Friday, August 22, 2008 7:44:00 am , Blogger Schütz said...

Yeah, OK, I can accept UK "OK'.

But our athletes are bloody champions!

At Friday, August 22, 2008 11:11:00 am , Blogger Fraser Pearce said...

What's going on with India? They can field a first class cricket team, but when it comes to the olympics...

At Friday, August 22, 2008 11:16:00 am , Blogger Schütz said...

Well, I don't think their problem is "too many fat kids", as Roy and H.G. would say!

At Friday, August 22, 2008 12:15:00 pm , Anonymous Peregrinus said...

On the other hand, if we were as good at winning medals as the Jamaicans, on our current population we should already have 65 medals.

Could do better, chaps!

At Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:33:00 am , Blogger Schütz said...

True, true, Perry. Jamaica, eh? Well, there you go. Hats off, Gentlemen. I feel humbled. Truly humbled.

At Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:04:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Australians are great at sport, no doubt about it. It's a pity we're such weenies when it comes to religion... I mean non-sports related religion...

At Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:11:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

right on cue


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