Olympic Analysis - Medal Count (Post London)

The London Olympics are now over, and Mongolia won big with 2 silvers and 3 bronzes! This haul is well above its pre-London average of 1.77 medals per summer games and is one better than in Beijing (although, the quality of medals in Beijing were arguably better with 2 golds and 2 silvers). Now that the Olympics are over let's look where Mongolia ranks on the three tables first presented here. Returning to the list of all time medal winners1 I ran the calculations once again.

Mongolia moved up Table 1 from 54th to 52nd place. Recall that even winning a medal is a difficult thing, and 73 national teams have yet to win one. (Pre-London there were 80 teams without medals). A rank of 52nd puts Mongolia firmly in the 70th percentile of all-time winners.

Table 1. All Time Olympic Medal Ranking
Relative Rank (Out of 72)CountrySummer MedalsWinter MedalsCombined Medals
50th India 26 0 26
50th Slovenia 19 7 26
50th Egypt 26 0 26
51st Georgia 25 0 25
52nd Mongolia 24 0 24
52nd Thailand 24 0 24
53rd Nigeria 23 0 23
53rd Portugal 23 0 23

Mongolia is now nipping at the USA's heels moving up one place to 35th on a "medals per 1 million citizens basis."2 If Mongolia performs as well in Rio and there is not a dramatic change upward in its population growth rate, I feel fairly confident Mongolia will surpass the US in 2016.

Table 2. Olympic Medals Per Million Citizens
Rank (Out of 132)CountryMedals
31st Grenada 9.52
32nd Virgin Islands 9.40
33rd Belarus 9.20
34th USA 8.45
35th Mongolia 8.44
36th Luxembourg 7.81
37th Croatia 7.69
38th Poland 7.40

Finally, the Sheeple Index. Recall that the basic formula is:

Olympic Sheeple Index = (total medals) * (sheep population)/(human population)

There is no contest. Mongolia just dominates here, and it will continue to well into the future.

Table 3. Ranking on the Olympic Sheeple Index
Rank (Out of 20)CountryScore
1 Mongolia 100.74
2 China 52.56
3 Iran 43.04
4 Kazakhstan 31.91
5 Uzbekistan 6.21
6 Pakistan 1.35
7 India 1.26
8 Indonesia 0.84
9 Tajikistan 0.57
10 North Korea 0.34
11 Malaysia 0.091
12 Thailand 0.016
13 South Korea 0.004
14 Philippines 0.003
15 Sri Lanka 0.001
16 Bangladesh 0.000
17 Nepal 0.000
18 Bhutan 0.000
19 Fiji 0.000
20 Papua New Guinea 0.000

Congratulations to Mongolia and its athletes for such a great outcome at the London Olympics.

Footnotes
1. "All-time Olympic Games medal table" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-time_Olympic_Games_medal_table (Accessed August 21, 2012).
2. Using population data from "List of Countries by Population" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population (accessed July 30, 2012). Countries that no longer exist such as the USSR, Russian Empire, Croatia and Montenegro are not included because there was no population data immediately available.
3. "Table 96. Sheep: population" - http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/AD452E/ad452e2y.htm (accessed July 31, 2012).
4. Again, this data is for 2002, which is not ideal. But, once again, this is a contrived ranking, so who cares?