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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop on – Olympics Comment Part II – The Gold Medal Drought –

August 8, 2012
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Title:
– Olympics Comment  Part II –
– The Gold Medal Drought –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 8th Aug 2012 |
The tide has changed and Australia’s three Gold medals in the last two days has given Channel Nine’s coverage a much needed boost.

The Swimming performance at these games prompted some research – the results appear below with comments following.

A snapshot of Australia’s medal performance at all Post War games – and the Swimming contribution as a comparison. [Please click on all images to enlarge in a new window.]

Since Sydney Australia’s Olympic ranking in Swimming has been number 2 behind the USA. The London rankings of 6th, and even if Seabohm and Magnusson had won gold the ranking would only improve to be 4th. Our overall haul of 10 medals ranked equal 3rd with China – Japan ranked 2nd with 11 medals. The USA had a total 30 medals.

The last time we won a single swimming Gold medal was Barcelona – Kerin Perkins in the 1500. Australia’s total haul that year was 7 Gold and a total of 27 medals.   We sit at 25 medals and are assured of more in coming days.  Our Gold haul will increase as well thanks to the sailing crews.   It’s possible that the sailing team will lead the medal count for Australia.

The AOC website carries a medal forecast for Australia – top 5 in Gold – top 5 in overall – and to medal in 14 of the 38 different disciplines.   We currently sit 11th in Gold,  11th in overall, and have medaled in 7 disciplines.

One ponders whether the Channel Nine broadcast is responsible for the diminishing interest in Australia’s viewing.  Original thoughts were the time difference – and then it was the disappointment of the swimming teams efforts – but reports out now suggest Channel Nine are looking good for why Australians are switching channels.  Read story here …

It’s a hard call on Channel Nine – but I agree – some of the first week commentary left egg on many faces.  With Foxtel and social media the alternatives – much of Australia are forced to watch Channel Nine if they want to watch live or delayed broadcasts.

I have to admit – I was disappointed at the swimming performance – but looking at the team it is young and in a rebuild period after greats like Thorpe, Hackett, Henry, and Tricket have passed the baton.  Rio should be better but Europe’s successes are a concern.   Our climate has always been our advantage in swimming and whether ‘climate change’ and melanoma campaigns have impacted on participation rates is research still to be undertaken.

The Olympic movement has come a long way in the modern era – the pressure athletes are under to perform has never been greater under the professional era.  We still have five days of competition – Hooker in the pole vault final tomorrow, canoeing, equestrian, basketball (mens and women),  BMX, hockey, sailing and a few other sports just starting their qualifying rounds.

Go Aussies …

Trivia:  

Below are the top medal Nations at all Olympics going back to 1948.   Use it as a source to trip up your friends.

London 1948:

Helsinki – 1952

Melbourne – 1956

Rome – 1960

Tokyo – 1964

Mexico – 1968

Munich – 1972

Montreal – 1976

Moscow – 1980

Los Angeles – 1984

Soeul – 1988

Barcelona – 1992

Atlanta – 1996

Sydney – 2000

Athens – 2004

Bejing – 2008

Link to current London – 2012 Medal count …:


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  1. August 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    A story broke today on John Coates and his triple somersault backflip on sport participation: Story linked here…

    The SMH story gives an insight into how Olympic Administrators’ are viewing Australia’s performances at the 2012 games.

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