Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Medals and Points

One of the controversies at this year's Olympics is over medal counts. Are the medal rankings by country supposed to be based on total medals won (gold, silver and bronze) or solely on gold medals?

If you go by total medals, then the United States is in the lead but if you go by gold medals only, then that puts China into the lead.

It seems like most of the world is leaning towards emphasizing the gold. Winning is all-important and the also-rans, well, they're merely also-rans. Go for the gold because anything less doesn't count.

Is this Olympic competition situation any different from the wine world?

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