Sorry, America: China's leading the real Olympic medal count
TOKYO - China is kicking the United States in the tail at these Olympics, though you wouldn't know if you just scan the medal tables on the American media.
In an unexplained but (apparently) nationally accepted counting method, Americans count placements not by the country that wins the most gold medals, but by the country that wins the most medals.
ABC. New York Times. Washington Post. Unfortunately even Yahoo Sports.
To be clear, that is ridiculous.
That means China's current record of 32 gold, 21 silver, and 16 bronze (69 total) is somehow not as good as the United States' 25 gold, 29 silver, and 21 bronze medals (75 total). Try to tell China's seven extra gold medalists that their wins don't matter.
What in the name of the trophies is going on here?
The rest of the world prefers gold above all else. This is the result of the International Olympic Committee. Same goes for the medal booth on Toyko 2020's website. It's good enough for media companies around the world, just not in the US, apparently.
Everyone else has this right, because gold is literally better than the others. It's a simple concept.
Gold. Silver. Bronze.
The gold medalist receives the highest place on the podium. The flag of the country the gold medalist represents is hoisted higher than the others. They play the gold medalist's anthem, not the others.
There are no subtleties here. There is no room for interpretation. At no point has it been asserted that the three points are the same. If so, then they would only hand out three gold medals.
China has won seven more gold medals than the United States, so China wins the medal count. It's that simple. (Photo by Wei Zheng / CHINASPORTS / VCG via Getty Images)
Instead, at the 1904 Games - which were no less held in St. Louis - they developed the concept of tri-color medals. Everyone loved it. Previously, the winner received a silver medal and an olive branch, while the runner-up received a bronze or copper medal and a laurel branch.
However, the US, like its opposition to the metric system, is opting to go it alone and, hey, what a coincidence, it looks like Americans will have the greatest success in the Olympics, while we certainly do are not.
It wasn't a planned thing. The system was in place before China started looting more gold here. It's not a coordinated way to go easy on America's fragile ego and hide the fact that it doesn't dominate the games.
It just looks like that.
Consider this: If the United States were the leader in every single instance - official or neutral - around the world, but the Chinese media used a different system that put them on the top ... well, what would you think?
In addition, the total number of medals tends to favor the United States, which often has the largest delegation to the Olympics and therefore the greatest chance of winning medals. China is actually bigger this time (777 to the US 613).
Right now it's just embarrassing. There is no shame in not winning as many gold medals as China. Really who cares? A nation's worth is not defined by the strength of its canoe slalom team.
But making it look like we're revising the numbers - even if it's not orchestrated - is humiliating.
The simple solution is to weigh the medals for the sake of scoring. Say three points for gold, two for silver, and one for bronze. Or what value needs to be assigned. Then it wouldn't just be about gold, but neither would it pretend gold was bronze.
Nobody has ever tried to claim that their company offers its customers the "silver standard". A luxury experience is always hyped as "bronze-plated". The current price of an ounce of gold? $ 1,813. Silver? Try $ 818. Bronze costs $ 2.55 for a whole pound.
If anyone wants to say that everyone is equal, I am always ready to exchange pounds of bronze for pounds of gold.
Some of the American athletes have expressed their frustration that sometimes “winning silver” is equated with “losing gold”.
"Excuse my French, but the fact that we don't celebrate silver and bronze is bulls -" said swimmer Lily King. "Why is?
"You can take home a medal for your country," King continued. "Just because we're running for the United States and maybe have extremely high standards for things like that doesn't excuse the fact that we didn't celebrate silver and bronze as much as we did gold."
Hey, go ahead and celebrate and be proud of the achievement. Very few of us even make it to the top 3 in the world.
That doesn't mean bronze is the new gold. Or that - be honest - China shouldn't be at the top of the medal charts.
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