The Olympic medal count is a stupid measurement tool that is supposed to tell us how successful a particular country was during the entire span of an Olympiad. Some have suggested that we could refine this blunt instrument by weighing gold, silver, and bronze finishes in a sort of NASCAR or F1 fashion. It is still imperfect. In the same way weighing AP Calculus equally with Advanced Athletic Conditioning is probably suspect, weighing medals still rates the solo niche events as heavily as the team sports that require multiple athletes to perform at an elite level, simultaneously. Likewise, many of the team events are also much more popular than the lesser-known solo events and thus play a larger part in the broader sports consciousness. A gold in solo Nordic Combined gets the same treatment as a Hockey gold in the medal count. That's silly.
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