Who Really Won The Olympics? Jamaica, With 2.2 Golds Per Million People

Yes, China won the most gold medals at the Olympics and the United States won the most total medals. But is that really the best way to measure Olympic success?

The guys over at Freakonomics say probably not.

If you look at gold medals per million inhabitants, the rankings look much different:

So if you’re keeping score, it’s:

1. Jamaica
2. Bahrain
3. Estonia
….
33. United States

47. China

Well, better luck next time.

For more data about the real Olympic winners (including the results compared to GDP), go here.

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