Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beijing Olympics Medal Tally

If my finger counting is accurate, the Olympics should be starting in 9 days. Hmmmm, when can I finally watch the games? Being at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies is definitely one of the things that I should accomplish during this lifetime. I first had my Olympic awareness when in 1992, the Games was held in Barcelona and that the Filipino bronze medalist in boxing was actually the classmate of my younger sister's yaya (He was Roel Velasco and she was Ate Edna or Mama Edna if you were my younger sister). It was during that time when I realized that the Philippines is not really a good sporting nation, except for boxing and billiards and bowling and basketball.
It was during the Barcelona Games that I became interested at the gold medal tally at the end of every Olympics. Since 1992, the United States has lorded it over the Olympics final medal tally except in 1992 when the Unified Team of the former USSR topped the tabulations.
For this year's games, rumors about a very interesting three-way competition between the USA, Russia and host China is rampant and all sports-loving people talk about it.
Will China finally make the breakthrough by actually becoming 6th nation to top the Games after USA, Russia, Germany, Great Britain and France? Or will the US still top the Games? Will Russia show the world that it is still there? Here are my fearless forecasts:

What I would like to happen:
1. China
2. Russia
3. USA

What WILL happen:
1. China
2. USA
3. Russia

WORST case scenario:
1. USA
2. China
3. Russia

What do you think will happen?

4 Responses to “Beijing Olympics Medal Tally”

ROneiluke said...
July 30, 2008 at 3:29 PM

wow...inaabangan mo din pala ang olympics...i became aware of the olympics nung sa sydney na..grabe..i still think its the best host of the olympics compared with athens and barcelona..let's see what beijing has to offer..sobrang pinaghandaan eh...cant wait...

sana china manalo..parang ang yabang na ng US eh..hehe..give chance to others naman..hehe


Jake Tornado said...
July 31, 2008 at 6:07 PM

1. Philippines
2. China
3. USA


ArchieMD said...
July 31, 2008 at 7:53 PM

I think it would be

1) China: it will pull off an upset over the US
2) USA: will remain the powerhouse but will only finish second
3) Russia:

They were also the top 3 in 2004. But this year will be China's year.


curbside_puppet said...
July 31, 2008 at 10:08 PM

@ron

thanks for your insight! how yong are you? how come you weren't even aware of the atlanta olympics wherein onyok won the silver?

@jake

haha! well said! i even made a class prediction (i was a montessori kid, see i'm a well-rounded person!!!) circa 2051 that the philippines will take over laos' place as the number one gold medal winner in the olympics that was held in antarctica.

@archiemd

so, you agree with what i thought WILL be happening?


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