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Tokyo 2020

Alternative Olympics Medal Table

What would happen if we re-ranked Olympic medals based on other factors? If we took account of population size, wealth or even search interest, how would the medal table look? Click the buttons below to find out.

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The official medal count

Normalizing per capita

Normalizing for the size of the economy

If medals were given out based on Olympics search interest

If medals were given out based on sports search interest

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In addition to the official medal count, we decided to see what the equivalent medal breakout would resemble if we normalized each country’s medal tally by their population, as well as by their GDP. Additionally, we computed new medal rankings and counts by looking at the volume of search interest in Sports and Olympics topics.