Ms. McCarthy from St. Francis Xavier in the United States
sent in the following contribution:
We determined that the gold medal totals were used to determine what place each of the 10 countries listed came in. If there was a tie, they went to the silver medal count to choose which team placed higher.
Another way to order the list would be to go with the total medal count. While it wouldn't change the top few, it would certainly change some others, especially Australia.
We think that no matter how you manipulate the results, USA would always come out on top because they won the most medals in every category.
We had a number of very good ideas coming from Roseville College in Australia.
Firstly from Mia:
1. Is your own nation in the list? Yes my nation is Australia.
2. How do you think the positions have been decided? The positions have been decided by the number of gold medals won by each country.
3. Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place? The results could be presented in order of the total number of medals won, but America would still be in first place.
4. How would this affect other results in the table? Some countries will move down the table and some countries will move up the table like Australia. Australia would move to 6th position.
The way that the Olympics place countries is by the amount of gold medals your country wins. Another way you can order the top 10 countries is by alphabetical order. (I never said it would be fair). Another way is the total amount of medals your country wins.
The way it would affect the scores on the table is that the countries that have a first letter in the alphabet that is far down in the alphabet would be low in the ranking. It would take the fun of the Olympics for those countries because they have no chance of winning.
Then my second reason is that we should place the countries by how many medals they win altogether not how many gold medals they win. This is because a country may be able to easily get heaps of bronze and silver medals but still lose because they have very few gold medals. If they order countries according to how many medals they have altogether it would give other countries a chance of winning.
Imogen had these thoughts:
The positions have been decided based on how many Gold medals the country won. If the ranking was based on how many Bronze medals were won, Russian Fed. would be in the top place and every other team would be in a different position. Australia and France would both share 6th place.
Hannah also answered the questions: