Olympics: And the Winner Is….ChinaPosted: August 25, 2008
The final medal count for the 2008 Olympics shows the United States as the overall winner with 110 medals, to 100 for China.
However, as noted in an earlier SportsLifer blog, weighing the medals to give more points for gold than silver or bronze changes the equation.
For instance, awarding three points for a gold, two for silver and one for bronze makes China the winner. China had 51 gold medals to 36 for the USA, and using this matrix was the leader by a slim three points, 223 to 220, in the overall medal race.