In this post I share my version of the topography of the Olympic medal landscape. I use three data points: performance in London; a prediction of performance in Rio (by Gracenote); and actual performance in Rio.
I share some data too in regard to Great Britain’s performance in Rio.
The Gold Standard
The United States won 46 gold medals in London in 2012 (and a total of 103 medals). In Rio, the United States won 46 gold medals again but exceeded the total medals won in London by 18 medals.
They have set the gold standard scale for my visualisation. In Rio, Italy moved into the top ten medal winning nations (9th). The predictions for Rio did not have Italy this high up the medal table.
Brazil finished thirteenth on the medal table. My topography for eleven nations in rank order is:
My data for these charts can be found here.
Great Britain is the first team in the history of the Olympic Games to improve its position on the medal table in the first Games after hosting the Games. Great Britain won a total of 69 medals in Rio (27 gold, 23 silver, 17 bronze), 2 more than in London (29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze).
My data about performances after hosting the Games can be found here.
There is a fascinating story to tell about Sweden’s performance in Antwerp in 1920. After a gap of eight years during the First World War, Sweden equalled its achievement as host in 1912 on the medal table (2nd) and won one fewer medal (64 compared to 65). That performance is the highest % of medals by a team won four years after hosting the Games.
Rio de Janeiro (Sama093, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
I have a record of 66 goals scored at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio 2016. This total does not include goals scored in penalty shoot outs.
My data are curated here.
As with other tournaments, I have recorded when goals are scored and have grouped these in time intervals. I use 15 minute segments of time as these correspond with extra time periods.
Some goals are scored in time added on at the end of each half of a game. I am mindful of these goals and note them in my record of the game.
When Were Goals Scored?
Three of the Stage Two games were decided by penalty shoot outs (Sweden v USA; Brazil v Australia; Sweden v Brazil). No goals were scored in extra time in these games.
The goal scorers (with links to their FIFA profile) in the Tournament were:
This table includes four goals that were scored in time added on at the end of each half (2 in the first half and two in the second half).
Scoring The First Goal
In the Group Games, the team that scored first did not lose in 15 of the 16 games played. Two of these 15 games were draws (Australia v Germany and Colombia v USA). The only team to score first and lose was Germany v Canada.
In Stage Two, the team that scored first did not lose any of the 6 games played. Sweden drew with the USA after scoring first but won the game in a penalty shoot out.
Sweden (ranked 6th) and Canada (ranked 10th) were the two teams that played above their FIFA rankings in this Tournament.
Asllani and Schelin make a secret sign? (Blondinrikard Fröberg, CC BY 2.0)
Round 22 of the 2016 AFL season has been completed.
With one week left of the regular season, seven of the eight finals places have been confirmed. There is a mathematical opportunity for St Kilda to overtake North Melbourne but this requires a 25 goal win for St Kilda and a 25 goal defeat for North Melbourne.
I have been tracking each team’s performance after their bye week.
This is my view of the momentum direction after a bye for all eighteen teams.
The pattern for the six teams who had a bye week in Week 13 of the season is:
For Week 14 byes:
The data used to create the charts can be found here.
Gate 6 Crowd (Michael Coghlan, CC BY-SA 2.0)