Olympics Statistics: Top 10 Medals by Country

Olympics Statistics

Greetings and welcome back to MathSux! This week, in honor of the Tokyo Olympics, I will be breaking down some Olympic Statistics. We will look at the top 10 countries that hold the most medals and then look at the top 10 medals earned by country in relation to each country’s total population. Let’s take a look and see what we find! Also, please note that all data used for this analysis was found on the website, here. Anyone else watching the Olympics? Try downloading the data with the link above and see what type of conclusions you can find! Happy Calculating! 🙂

Top 10 Countries: Total Olympic Medals

Below shows the top 10 total medals earned by country from the beginning of the Olympics in 1896 to present day July 2021. As we can see in the graph below, the United States is way ahead of the game with thousands more Olympic medals when compared to any other country in the entire world! I always knew the U.S. did well in the Olympics, but did not realize it was to this magnitude!

Top 10 Countries: Total Olympic Medals Based on Population

Below is a different kind of graph. This percentage rate represents total medals earned over time from 1896 to July 2021 divided by the country’s total population. In this case, we can see that Lichtenstein has earned way more medals based on their small population size when compared to any other country in the world! This is amazing and unexpected!

Remember that all data for the above graphs were made from the following website, here. Are you surprised by the above graphs and conclusions? Try downloading the data on your own and see what you can conclude using your own Olympics Statistics skills! Happy calculating! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Olympics Statistics: Top 10 Medals by Country”

  1. Hi! I have been scrolling through your blog and I love the content and approach you have taken! Many students today do not enjoy math, so you starting MathSux as a blog, is something that students of today can certainly relate to (especially those in high school)! I enjoy a lot of the videos you have posted, as well as all of the lessons you provide as well! I am an AP Statistics teacher, so I really enjoyed your blog post about the Olympics Statistics! I will certainly be circling back to your site often for references!

    1. Hi, thank you so much for the positive feedback! I’m so glad you find my resources helpful. And yes, that’s definitely my goal with MathSux! The subject unfortunately is not thought of as positively by so many students, and I hope this blog can help. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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