Top medal winners of the 2010 Winter Olympics - according to Canada and the USA

by Volker Weber

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this happens on every Olympics

Giuseppe Grasso, 2010-03-01

I know. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2010-03-01

What an accomplishment! Not only did Canada win the most gold medals by a host country, but the most golds by any country ever in the Winter Olympics. #win

Congrats to ALL participants. It's pretty f'n amazing to make an Olympic team, no matter what place you come in, you're still one of the best in the world.

Alan Lepofsky, 2010-03-01

There's actually only one correct sort based on the labeling of the table, and that is the one on the right. Gold, silver, and bronze are all medals, thus any table representing the "top medal winners" that does not list the overall medal leader first is factually incorrect. That really can't be debated unless you redefine the word medal.

Chad Scott, 2010-03-01

@Chad your not dirty about that hockey result are you? Actually the one on the left is still correct as it does show the "top medal winners" just in a different order (the gold medal is highlighted indicating it is the sort column).

Carlos Rodrigues, 2010-03-01

Yup, there's a question about who's best.
Second best? That's unanimous ;-)

David Richardson, 2010-03-01

Of course I meant "you're" not "your".

Carlos Rodrigues, 2010-03-01

Let's try weighting it, 3 for Gold, 2 for Silver, 1 for Bronze:

US = (9x3) + (15x2) + 13 = 70
DE = (10x3) + (13x2) + 7 = 63
CA = (14x3) + (7x2) + 5 = 61

But really, who cares? Athletes from all three countries did really well. The majority of all of those medals were for individual accomplishments, not for national team accomplishments. And frankly I'd just as soon see them get rid of all the team sports from the Olympics.

Richard Schwartz, 2010-03-01

Found a chart that shows Germany coming out on top, too. :D

Actually, it's an analysis of the changing medal pattern since Canada's last Winter Olympics ('88), pretty interesting.

Rob McDonagh, 2010-03-01

Like I tweeted last week, Germany would win the medal count if they left out all the hippie sports. :-)

Scott Hanson, 2010-03-01

Rob, you are learning how marketing defines "leading". :-)

Volker Weber, 2010-03-01

Of course this is how medals should be counted

Nils Halvorsen, 2010-03-01

Both your name and the medal standings suggest you are from Norway. :-)

Volker Weber, 2010-03-01

Vowe, why do you say "according to Canada"? The official site for Vancouver Olympics shows the medal count sorted by the total number of medals with Canada on the 3rd place:

Same ranking is shown by Google Canada and Canadian media (CTV, CBC, Globe and Mail ...).

Congrats Canada!

Mirel Popa, 2010-03-01

Yes, I'm from Norway, but I don't see why thats relevant ;-)

Nils Halvorsen, 2010-03-01

Mirel is right: in Canada, throughout the games coverage, countries were sorted by the total number of medals, regardless of the medal's color. So it's not only a US thing.

Like many others mentionned, congratulations to all athletes as these olympics were excellent from a sportive perspective.


Benoit Dubuc, 2010-03-01

There's not much more to say; statistics can always be interpreted several ways but the US and Canada should both celebrate significant sporting achievements. Germany continues their winning ways and Norway and Austria always place in the top few despite small populations. Here in Canada we're all excited about getting the most Golds ever (and the exciting finish to last night's hockey game) but I'm surprised to not see more excitement in the US press - they had a very impressive medal haul and should use it as a chance to celebreate some good news after all of the depressing economic stories of the past year or two.

Bill McNaughton, 2010-03-01

We got two fairly large stories in the Washington Post this morning - Record Haul for the US and Canadian Gold Rush. Seems like they tried to be balanced enough.

There was also an article about passing the torch to Russia, but that's probably because Alex Ovechkin was involved - here in DC the Capitals (Ovechkin's NHL team), are the only team actually performing well. Heck, I can see his house from mine. [/namedrop]

Kevan Emmott, 2010-03-01

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