Summer Olympics 2004

Cambridge 2000 memos

August 2004

Most Olympic medal counts focus on nations, it is far more interesting to look at the bigger picture. The final medal count for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics games by continent:

2Asia-Pacific (including Middle East)967877251521
3North America (including Carribean)515648155313
5South America84112343

and by trading bloc:

ranktrading blocgoldsilverbronzemedalspoints

(The tables are sorted by points, where points are calculated by giving 3 for gold, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze.)

Contrary to the expectations of many, the games turned out to be well hosted by Greece, perhaps matching Sydney in 2000 and way ahead of Atlanta in 1996. The one unfortunate incident which undid much of the good will was the vocal disruption by many Greeks in the audience of the men's 200 meter track final, because the favoured Greek athlete had dropped out after failing to turn up for a drug test (make your own conclusions).

There were too many athletic highlights to list them all here.

Cambridge 2000 memos