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Olympic Medal Count: How Did Each Country Fare at Tokyo 2020

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2020 Olympic Medal Count

Olympic Medal Count: How Countries Fared at Tokyo 2020

Every four years, the Summer Olympics brings together thousands of athletes from around the world to compete in a global arena of sportsmanship and athletic excellence.

Tokyo hosted the 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9, 2021, marking the second time Japan has hosted the Summer Olympics. The country was first given the honor back in 1964 becoming the first Asian nation to host the Olympic Games.

Even in this most challenging of climates where the games had to be pushed by a year, nothing stopped the athletes from exceeding their limits and breaking long-held records.

The Final 2020 Olympic Medal Count

In a complete show of dominance, the U.S. won the most medals at the Olympics, raking in 113 total with 39 gold medals. The U.S. beat out China to claim the top spot by a single gold medal. China finished the games with an impressive 88 medals in total. The host country Japan comes in at third with 27 gold medals and a total of 58 medals.

Here is the final Olympic medal count for each country that participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games:

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1🇺🇸 U.S.394133113
2🇨🇳 China38321888
3🇯🇵 Japan27141758
4🇬🇧 Great Britain22212265
5🇷🇺 ROC (Russia)20282371
6🇦🇺 Australia17072246
7🇳🇱 Netherlands10121436
8🇫🇷 France10121133
9🇩🇪 Germany10111637
10🇮🇹 Italy10102040
11🇨🇦 Canada07061124
12🇧🇷 Brazil07060821
13🇳🇿 New Zealand07060720
14🇨🇺 Cuba07030515
15🇭🇺 Hungary06070720
16🇰🇷 South Korea06041020
17🇵🇱 Poland04050514
18🇨🇿 Czech Republic04040311
19🇰🇪 Kenya04040210
20🇳🇴 Norway04020208
21🇯🇲 Jamaica04010409
22🇪🇸 Spain03080617
23🇸🇪 Sweden03060009
24🇨🇭 Switzerland03040613
25🇩🇰 Denmark03040411
26🇭🇷 Croatia03030208
27🇮🇷 Iran03020207
28🇷🇸 Serbia03010509
29🇧🇪 Belgium03010307
30🇧🇬 Bulgaria03010206
31🇸🇮 Slovenia03010105
32🇺🇿 Uzbekistan03000205
33🇬🇪 Georgia02050108
34🇹🇼 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)02040612
35🇹🇷 Turkey02020913
36🇬🇷 Greece02010104
36🇺🇬 Uganda02010104
38🇪🇨 Ecuador02010003
39🇮🇪 Ireland02000204
39🇮🇱 Israel02000204
41🇶🇦 Qatar02000103
42🇧🇸 Bahamas02000002
42🇽🇰 Kosovo02000002
44🇺🇦 Ukraine01061219
45🇧🇾 Belarus01030307
46🇷🇴 Romania01030004
46🇻🇪 Venezuela01030004
48🇮🇳 India01020407
49🇭🇰 Hong Kong01020306
50🇵🇭 Philippines01020104
50🇸🇰 Slovakia01020104
52🇿🇦 South Africa01020003
53🇦🇹 Austria01010507
54🇪🇬 Egypt01010406
55🇮🇩 Indonesia01010305
56🇪🇹 Ethiopia01010204
56🇵🇹 Portugal01010204
58🇹🇳 Tunisia01010002
59🇪🇪 Estonia01000102
59🇫🇯 Fiji01000102
59🇱🇻 Latvia01000102
59🇹🇭 Thailand01000102
63🇧🇲 Bermuda01000001
63🇲🇦 Morocco01000001
63🇵🇷 Puerto Rico01000001
66🇨🇴 Colombia00040105
67🇦🇿 Azerbaijan00030407
68🇩🇴 Dominican Republic00030205
69🇦🇲 Armenia00020204
70🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan00020103
71🇲🇳 Mongolia00010304
72🇦🇷 Argentina00010203
72🇸🇲 San Marino00010203
74🇯🇴 Jordan00010102
74🇲🇾 Malaysia00010102
74🇳🇬 Nigeria00010102
77🇧🇭 Bahrain00010001
77🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia00010001
77🇱🇹 Lithuania00010001
77🇲🇰 North Macedonia00010001
77🇳🇦 Namibia00010001
77🇹🇲 Turkmenistan00010001
83🇰🇿 Kazakhstan00000808
84🇲🇽 Mexico00000404
85🇫🇮 Finland00000202
86🇧🇼 Botswana00000101
86🇧🇫 Burkina Faso00000101
86🇨🇮 Côte d'Ivoire00000101
86🇬🇭 Ghana00000101
86🇬🇩 Grenada00000101
86🇰🇼 Kuwait00000101
86🇲🇩 Republic of Moldova00000101
86🇸🇾 Syria00000101

Of course, countries with larger populations have an inherent advantage, so it’s also interesting to look at the top countries by population per medal. By this measure, the European microstate of San Marino comes out on top. This was San Marino’s first ever medal showing at an Olympic Games. Turkmenistan and Burkina Faso also won medals for the first time at Tokyo 2020.

Here’s a look at the top 15 countries by population per Olympic medal:

Country (population)Olympic Medals in 2020Population per medal
San Marino (33,931)311,310
Bermuda (63,918)163,918
Grenada (112,523)1112,523
Bahamas (393,244)2196,622
New Zealand (4,822,233)20241,112
Jamaica (2,961,167)9329,019
Slovenia (2,078,938)5415,788
Fiji (896,445)2448,222
Netherlands (17,134,872)36475,969
Georgia (3,989,167)8498,645
Hungary (9,660,351)20483,018
Croatia (4,105,267)8513,158
Denmark (5,792,202)11526,563
Australia (25,499,884)46554,345
Estonia (1,326,535)2663,267

Among countries with a slightly larger population, the Netherlands and Australia had strong showings.

Other Facts and Figures About the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Despite a year-long delay and a slew of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this unprecedented Olympic Games went ahead. Here are 12 interesting things to note about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

1. The Olympic Torch

The Olympic Torch Relay traveled through all 47 of Japan’s prefectures over 121 days. It involved 10,500 torchbearers, who ultimately arrived at Japan’s Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

2. The Stadiums

40 venues in and around the city of Tokyo hosted 33 Olympic Sports and 22 Paralympic Sports events. The two main areas were the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone.

3. Cost of the Games

The Tokyo Olympics were the most expensive Olympics on record. According to officials, the budget for the Games was $15.4 billion. On the other hand, Japanese government auditors have claimed the total spending topped $20 billion.

This is almost three times the original forecast of around $7.4 billion when Tokyo put together its bid for the Olympics. The postponement of the Games cost the country close to $2 billion, after initial speculation that the cost could be as high as $6 billion.

4. IOC Refugee Olympic Team

29 athletes qualified as part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Rio 2016 was the first time that an IOC refugee team had made an appearance at the Olympic games.

5. Age is Just a Number

Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza and Japanese skateboarder Kokona Hiraki were the youngest athletes in Tokyo at 12 years old, while Australian equestrian Mary Hanna was the oldest at 66 years old.

6. Self Service Medalling

Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading COVID-19. After being presented medals on a tray, the athletes picked it up and medalled themselves. There would also be no handshakes or hugs at the podiums.

7. A Focus on Sustainability

To promote sustainability, this year’s Olympics repurposed a number of the venues used in the 1964 Games. Moreover, the podiums, uniforms, medals, and even the beds at the Olympic Village were all made from recycled materials.

While Japan is not the first to make Olympic medals from recycled materials, it is the first time that citizens of a host country proactively donated their electronic devices as materials for the medals.

8. Inclusion and Diversity

This year, the Games nearly reached gender parity. According to the IOC, of the almost 11,000 Olympic athletes in Tokyo, nearly 49% were women, marking the first “gender-balanced” games in its history. Nearly 85 years after the canoe sprint made its Olympic debut, the women’s sprint event was added to the Olympic games this year.

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand was the first openly transgender woman competing in any event at the Olympics. She joined other elite athletes like footballer Quinn from Canada and U.S. cyclist Chelsea Wolfe to participate in this year’s games.

9. Mental Health Took Center Stage

Starting with four-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open over mental health concerns, the conversation about an athlete’s mental preparedness was as important as their physical one at the games.

After Simone Biles stepped away from the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in the all-around contest earlier last week, numerous athletes worldwide have continued to elevate conversations surrounding mental health, especially in competitive sports.

10. Splitting a Medal?

Olympic high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy mutually decided to share the top spot in their event. The last time the gold medal was shared among two athletes at the Olympics was 113 years ago.

11. Hot New Events

Four sports made their Olympic debuts at the Tokyo Games: karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Other sports added new disciplines, including men’s and women’s three-on-three basketball and the BMX freestyle event.

12. Tokyo’s Slick Olympic Technology

Humanoid Robots helped on the field for the first time, fetching hammers and javelins flung during field events and interacting with spectators. This was also the first time a host used facial recognition systems to provide athletes and officials venue access, helping to increase and speed up security.

Next Stop, Paris

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. During those weeks, Paris will be at the center of the sporting world. The IOC is keen to set a new standard for inclusive, gender-balanced and youth-centered games.

The next Olympics are expected to see even more athlete and spectator participation—hopefully, one where they likely won’t have to work around COVID-19 restrictions. With numerous new sports added in Tokyo’s Olympic Games, we might even see breakdancing in the Paris version of events. Here’s to the next four years.

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How Do Democrats and Republicans Feel About Certain U.S. Industries?

A survey looked at U.S. industry favorability across political lines, showing where Democrats and Republicans are divided over the economy.

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A cropped chart with the percentage of Democrats and Republicans that found specific U.S. industries "favorable."

Industry Favorability, by Political Party

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Much and more has been written, in the last decade particularly, about the U.S. political sphere becoming increasingly polarized. The two main parties—Democrats and Republicans—have clashed over how to run the economy, as well as on key social issues.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, Democrat and Republican voters are also divided on various U.S. industries, per a YouGov poll conducted in 2022.

Between November 7-9th of that year, the market research firm polled 1,000 adult Americans, (sampled to represent prevailing demographic, racial, and political-party-affiliation trends in the country) on their opinions on 39 industries. They asked:

“Generally speaking, do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the following industry?” — YouGov Poll.

In this chart we visualize the percentage with a favorable view of an industry minus those with unfavorable view, categorized by current voter status.

A higher percentage means more Democrats or Republicans rated the industry as favorable, and vice-versa. Negative percentages mean more respondents responded unfavorably.

Democrats vs. Republicans on Industry Favorability

From a glance, it’s immediately noticeable that quite a few industries have divided Democrats and Republics quite severely.

For example, of the sampled Democrats, a net 45%, found Higher Education “favorable.” This is compared to 0% on the Republican side, which means an equal number found the industry favorable and unfavorable.

Here’s the full list of net favorable responses from Democrats and Republicans per industry.

IndustryDemocrat Net
Favorability
Republican Net
Favorability
Agriculture44%55%
Trucking27%55%
Restaurant53%54%
Manufacturing27%53%
Construction23%49%
Dairy45%46%
Higher education45%0%
Technology44%36%
Food manufacturing15%37%
Transportation27%37%
Railroad37%35%
Mining-3%36%
Automotive19%36%
Grocery35%22%
Hotels30%35%
Textiles24%34%
Entertainment34%-17%
Shipping24%33%
Retail31%31%
Book publishing30%29%
Alcohol23%16%
Television22%3%
Waste management15%22%
Education services21%-16%
Wireless carriers19%19%
Broadcasting17%-30%
News media17%-57%
Airlines11%3%
Oil and gas-28%7%
Real-estate-2%6%
Utilities2%6%
Health care3%4%
Fashion4%-6%
Cable-12%3%
Finance2%-2%
Professional sports1%-2%
Insurance-12%-14%
Pharmaceutical-18%-14%
Tobacco-44%-27%

The other few immediately noticeable disparities in favorability include:

  • Mining and Oil and Gas, (more Republicans in favor),
  • Entertainment, Education Services, and News Media (more Democrats in favor).

Tellingly, the larger social and political concerns at play are influencing Democrat and Republican opinions about these parts of the economy.

For example Pew Research pointed out Republicans are dissatisfied with universities for a number of reasons: worries about constraints on free speech, campus “culture wars,” and professors bringing their politics into the classroom.

In contrast, Democrats’ criticisms of higher education revolved around tuition costs and the quality of education offered.

On a more recent note, Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, a big Harvard donor, pulled funding after criticizing universities for educating “whiny snowflakes.” In October, donors to the University of Pennsylvania withdrew their support, upset with the university’s response to the October 7th attacks and subsequent war in Gaza.

Meanwhile, the reasons for differences over media favorability are more obvious. Commentators say being “anti-media” is now part of the larger Republican leadership identity, and in turn, is trickling down to their voters. Pew Research also found that Republicans are less likely to trust the news if it comes from a “mainstream” source.

But these are industries that are already adjacent to the larger political sphere. What about the others?

U.S. Politics and the Climate Crisis

The disparity over how the Oil & Gas and Mining industries are viewed is a reflection, again, of American politics and the partisan divide around the climate crisis and whether there’s a noticeable impact from human activity.

Both industries contribute heavily to carbon emissions, and Democrat lawmakers have previously urged the Biden transition to start planning for the end of fossil-fuel reliance.

Meanwhile, former President Trump, for example, has previously called global warming “a hoax” but later reversed course, clarifying that he didn’t know if it was “man-made.”

When removing the climate context, and related environmental degradation, both industries usually pay high wages and produce materials critical to many other parts of the economy, including the strategic metals needed for the energy transition.

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