November 01, 2012

Letters to the Editor

To the Editors:

Your analysis of Russia’s performance at London games was well done. As we all know, Russian “medal count” was third, behind China and USA.  How about some fun with numbers! If you add Russia to just three of the former Soviet republics, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, the medal count is a whopping 127, vs. USA at 104. Population of the four ex-USSR countries: about 217 million, vs 310 mil. for the USA. The USA earned one gold for every 7 million Americans, the ex-Soviets earned one gold for each 5.5 million people. (Kazakhstan earned one gold per 2.4 mil. people.)  Not bad, huh? On to Sochi.


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