Luciano Barra’s London 2012 Medal Projection

 

Here is one person’s projected medal count for the top 15 countries in the upcoming Summer Games.  Mr. Barra is the former head of the Italian Olympic Committee for the 2006 Winter Games that were held in Turin, Italy.  Two time British Olympian Sebastian Coe, who heads the organizing committee for the London Games, also makes this prediction.

The Chinese are said to have spent a lot of time and money improving in sports that they have not excelled in previously.  It will be interesting to see if this government support allows their athletes to overtake the privately financed U.S. counterparts.

 

Pos.     Country           Gold                Silver               Bronze             Total

 

1          China               43                    29                    28                    100

2          U.S.                 35                    17                    26                    78

3          Russian Fed.   30                    23                    26                    79

4          Great Britain   19                    27                    16                    62

5          Germany         17                    19                    20                    56

6          Japan               14                    12                    15                    41

7          France             13                    16                    16                    45

8          Australia          13                    16                    8                     37

9          Italy                 12                    7                     13                    32

10        New Zealand  8                     3                     8                     19

11        Kenya              7                     6                     4                     17

12        Brazil               7                     5                     5                     17

13        Iran                  7                     3                     4                     14

14        Korea              6                     6                     17                    29

15        Belarus            5                     4                     6                     15

 

This projection is surprising in that most people assume that the United States will continue its recent dominance in the Olympic medal count.  It is true that the Chinese government has made Olympic success a priority and it actively supports Olympic coaches and athletes.  In the United States Olympic athletes and coaches are financed almost exclusively by private resources.

If you have an opinion as to how this competition will turn out please make a comment on the Digest blog site.

This story and table are reprinted with permission from The Sport Intern blog.  This blog is published in Lorsch, Germany by Karl-Heinze Huba.  He can be reached via email at ISMG@aol.com

 

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