Anonymous asked in SportsOlympics · 1 decade ago

How the Winter Olympic Ranking System for Medals Works?

It's the 2010 Winter Olympics and I was wondering how the International Olympic Committee or the country that hosts it, decide the final ranking of countries.

I know that in the past this is how they set the guidelines.

(excerpt from Wikipedia)

"The medal table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won (in this context, a "nation" is an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically by IOC country code."

Is this the case for the 2010 Winter Olympics?


Based on recent findings, there are 3 ways: Gold First, Per Capita, and Weighted Point System.

However, the International Olympic Committee and most of International Media used the Gold First.

This therefore, puts:

1) Canada - 14 gold medals

2) Germany - 10 gold medals

3) US - 9 gold medals

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6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Actually, most countries rank according to the number of gold medals won. It is the Americans who TRIED to change the rules back in the 1970s and 1980s when they were BEATEN by the U.S.S.R/Soviet Union for # of gold medals ... they (Americans) insisted in adopting their own policy of Most # of Medals (of any colour) wins. And later on they tried to adopt other ways of tabling medals by seperating medals won by men and women because they were beaten so badly by the U.S.S.R. .... meaning they kept changing their rules so that they could feel better about themselves!

    So officially, according to IOC rules, Canada is leading the medal standings based on number of gold medals.

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  • James
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The IOC considers the medal table to be for informational purposes only, there is no official order. The way the Vancouver organizers chose to display the information on their website is by total medals one. However, most media outlets worldwide uses ordering by gold first.

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  • It really doesn't matter. the rankings of the countries are not really 'official in the sense that they MEAN anything. Of course most medals means less than most gold, but it all has to be taken into account. If it makes YOU feel better to rank them by gold, that's fine. f it makes others happier to rank by total medals, that's fine too.

    Perhaps the fairest ranking would be to score 3-2-1 for gold to bronze, but like I say, it doesn't mean anything anyway, it's just a number.

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  • 6
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    By medal count.

    Source(s): Don't be such a crybaby.
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  • SB
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Well at they ranked it at most medals out of all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    3 pts for Gold

    2 pts for Silver

    1 pt for Bronze

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