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Olympic medals per capita

My cousin just won her third and final gold medal on the Canadian women’s hockey team (woo!), so I was poking around the olympics today for snippets.  I found an interesting analysis by Richard Florida in The Atlantic calculating a Winter Olympic Medals Per Capita metric.

I certainly expected such a ranking to drop the U.S. a fair amount, but was surprised to see how far Canada drops, too.  Norway just dominates, roughly doubling the second-placed competitor in both the 2010 and all-history rankings.  (Now I know where to go skiing next!)

What also really struck me is how much of the map isn’t coloured in.  Most of the world really couldn’t give a flying fig about the winter olympics, y’know?

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