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Who will get the more gold medals , China or America? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2008-8-10 01:09:06 |Display all floors
It would be a close call.

While China has a number of advantages, a larger team, a massive athletics infrastructure, a larger population to work from, over the US, its major disadvantage is that its strategy is to expand its medal count by entering high-yield sports like rowing to a greater degree. The disadvantage there isn't anything which is China's fault, it is merely that many countries are trying to do the same thing, the US and Russia included. So China's medal strategy could backfire and it will take home fewer medals because the field is so fractured amongst the different teams.

This is actually true across all sports and there is a not insignificant chance of a falling medal total for the top countries in the long run.
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Post time 2008-8-11 05:31:25 |Display all floors
So far China's looking pretty good. I think China probably will get more medals than the U.S. However, we might have a nice consolation with Michael Phelps and maybe an Olympic gold in Basketball.

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Post time 2008-8-12 04:49:25 |Display all floors

Hard to say right now....

China obviously has the "home field" advantage in addition to a big olympic training program that other countries are starting to look at and study including Germany who's medal tally has been declining steadily over the past 18 years.

Germany intends to revitalize their Olympic program and I think the US  (and Russia, for that matter) will need to do the same thing if they want to stay competititve....

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Post time 2008-8-12 05:07:02 |Display all floors
Need to see how the track and field events play out ... For now we are seeing events in which China is clearly very strong.

Interested to see how China do in the rowing and other sports where China is now making a new impact.

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Post time 2008-8-12 05:17:10 |Display all floors
Originally posted by cbr_600 at 2008-8-11 14:49
China obviously has the "home field" advantage in addition to a big olympic training program that other countries are starting to look at and study including Germany who's medal tally has ...


Stay competitive? I think we are doing just fine, thank you. Most Americans would be against the Chinese system of the government identifying which sport a child should play and then putting them in intensive programs for that sport.

Also, Germany has slipped because they stopped the massive, massive steroid program of the East Germans when communism fell in Europe.

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Post time 2008-8-12 09:50:29 |Display all floors
I have to agree with Uni: most Americans would not approve of the athletic army strategy used by most Comm. Bloc states.

The country does not even sponsor its own NOC. Though chartered directly by Congress (TITLE 36, Subtitle II, Part B, CHAPTER 2205), for some arcane and boring legal reasons which necessitated a charter in the public interest in 1978, USOC does not receive continuous assistance from the US government and must compete with others for donations, sponsorships and grants.

Generally speaking, people familiar with USOC would consider it a violation of core American values for it to be any more than what it is.

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Post time 2008-8-13 12:41:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tanping at 2008-8-7 13:26
Who will get the more gold medals , China or America?


Who the hell cares?!  I think insecure peoples are the only ones who care about such a trivial matter.
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