# Maths and the Olympics - January 2012, Stage 2&3

At the start of this Olympic year, here is a collection of resources which show that maths is indeed to be found in many different aspects of sporting events!

## Problems

### National Flags

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.

### Our Sports

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.

### Going for Gold

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Looking at the 2012 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

### Medal Muddle

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

### Triathlon and Fitness

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?

### Charting More Success

##### Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?