…Every country on earth had a population the size of the U.S.

Of course, lots of things can impact the caliber of a nation’s athletes, but the size of the potential talent pool you’re pulling from makes a big difference. So, in a small attempt at statistical honesty, here is a rough look at what the medal count might be if the top-performing countries were all the size of the U.S.

         Actual Medal Count    Adjusted Medal Count
United States              22                                  1 
Germany                    14                                   3 
Norway                       11                                 43 
Canada                        8                                   4 
Austria                         7                                  16 
France                         7                                   2 
Total                          69                                  69

(Based on U.S. Census Bureau International Data for these countries, looking at numbers of individuals aged 20-34)

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