The Olympics confuse me.
Is the medal count simply calculated by the sum total? This currently results in these standings: 1. Russia 2. USA 3. Norway
Or are the medals weighted at Gold (3), Silver (2), Bronze (1)? Which creates this ranking: 1.Russia 2.Norway 3. USA and Canada (tie).
Or is it the Gold standard, focusing solely on the total of Golds (and using Silver and Bronze as tie-breakers)? 1. Russia 2. Norway 3. Canada.
Whatever the system, I find my Olympic excitement waning. I’m instead considering what seems to the more important question: Why does one count Olympic medals? This counting patriotism leaves something to be desired, constantly turning to the next event, looking for the right flag, focusing on the new countryman to give her all. While I have certainly cheered on my country, I have only found myself invested in Canada’s games: hockey and curling.
The passion of these Canadians is unchecked, the intensity bordering on hate – the good kind; you will never see a more indifferent handshake at game’s end.
It’s a raw display without the niceties and platitudes. And it’s a lot better than the counting game.