Saturday, August 16, 2008

in response

to all the "slagging off" of America and sport that I endured silently while in England I would like to present the current medal standing in the Olympics:

America's medal standings:

GOLD 16; SILVER 16; BRONZE 22; TOTAL 54

Great Britain's medal standings:

GOLD 7; SILVER 3; BRONZE 7; TOTAL 17


Here are a few more statistics:


*America has more athletes competing in more events. *Based on the number of athletes sent verses medals currently won America is at 9.4% while the UK is at 4.8%. *America has won the most medals of any country over the entire history of the Olympics. (But don't worry, the UK is 3rd which isn't too bad for such a little island.)


But really, my point isn't that America is better at sport than the UK. (Although we are clearly more diversified.) My point is that while we may not really compete in the Rugby, Soccer/Football, or Cricket (or what I like to call Britain's Big Three) we are clearly a nation that excels at sport. And no longer am I going to sit idly by and listen to all the rubbish about how American Football is for sissies and all that junk about having a World Series for a sport that only one nation plays, etc.

So I don't want to hear anymore about it, all right!

3 comments:

Lauren & Mick Newman said...

SNAP!!!
Love it Rebekah :P

Australia is having a pretty average Olympics.

Did you know that some Australian Rules Football players go over to the States to be punters on American Football teams coz they can kick so far & straight...and they get paid HEAPS to do it! It's nuts!!!

Alana said...

I wouldn't use this logic around Canadians!

Rebekah said...

Don't worry Alana, we all know that just because the Canadians don't do so well at the summer Olympics doesn't mean they're not good at sport. They'll be way up there in Vancouver!

: )