Americans following the Olympics at home have been almost as pumped as their athletes are about their record haul of medals. "I have looked (at the medal count)," Viktoria Rebensburg told USA Today, after picking up a gold medal in the women's giant slalom, "But I didn't expect I could give a medal to this thing. I never thought that would happen, so it's cool. And maybe we will win this."
The United States hasn't dominated a Winter Olympics since 1932. With 32 medals earned thus far, statistics guru Nate Silver predicts the U.S. will end the games with 34, ahead of Germany with 30, my adopted home-base of Canada with 26, and Norway with 23.
But wait a minute. The USA is a much bigger country than any of these. With 300 million-plus people it's nearly four times the size of Germany, 10 times bigger than Canada, and 60-plus times bigger than Norway.
So with the help of my statistically minded colleagues at the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute,
I decided to take a different kind of look. We rated and ranked medal
performance by the size of each country's population. We've dubbed this
new ranking system the Winter Olympic Medals Per Capita Metric, WMPC
for short, where we rank medals per one million people.