Fun Sochi fact: The system most media outlets (including NPR) are using is broken. Here’s how we can fix it:
Going into today, Norway leads all nations with double digit Gold Medals with 10, but according to most media outlets they rank 4th because they have 21 medals. Meanwhile, the U.S. stands on top with 23 Medals! One problem with this, the U.S. has only 7 Gold, but 11 Bronze!
The more accurate description instead of the U.S. is number 1 should be that we are the best at being third. I propose a weighted points system (see graphic): 12 points for gold, 6 for silver and 2 for bronze. By that math, Russia has 140 points, the U.S. 136 points, Canada has 122 and the Norwegian’s lead all with 158.