Good news. According to a recent definitive study, Australia was the winner of the 2012 Olympics (where early results had New Zealand out in front).
As reported in The Melbourne Age, statistician Brian Dawes has come up with the following findings using the MAP methodology, which takes into account total number of medals (treating silver medals equally to gold medals), the number of athletes in the team (making full use of Australia’s participation in team sports with lots of players), and population (which effectively rules out the USA and China):
Using the formula, medals won multiplied by athletes in your team divided by home count population (MAP), here are the top four:
- Australia 632
- Great Britain 565
- Hungary 268
- Russia 250
Good to have that settled.