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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
1๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.394133113
2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China38321888
3๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan27141758
4๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain22212265
5๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ROC (Russia)20282371
6๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia17072246
7๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands10121436
8๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France10121133
9๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany10111637
10๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy10102040
11๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada07061124
12๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil07060821
13๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand07060720
14๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Cuba07030515
15๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary06070720
16๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea06041020
17๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland04050514
18๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic04040311
19๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya04040210
20๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway04020208
21๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica04010409
22๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain03080617
23๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden03060009
24๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland03040613
25๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark03040411
26๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia03030208
27๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran03020207
28๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia03010509
29๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium03010307
30๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria03010206
31๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia03010105
32๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan03000205
33๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia02050108
34๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)02040612
35๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey02020913
36๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece02010104
36๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda02010104
38๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Ecuador02010003
39๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland02000204
39๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel02000204
41๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar02000103
42๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas02000002
42๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Kosovo02000002
44๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine01061219
45๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus01030307
46๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania01030004
46๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela01030004
48๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India01020407
49๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong01020306
50๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines01020104
50๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia01020104
52๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa01020003
53๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria01010507
54๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt01010406
55๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia01010305
56๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia01010204
56๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal01010204
58๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia01010002
59๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia01000102
59๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji01000102
59๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia01000102
59๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand01000102
63๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Bermuda01000001
63๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco01000001
63๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Puerto Rico01000001
66๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia00040105
67๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan00030407
68๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic00030205
69๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia00020204
70๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan00020103
71๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia00010304
72๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina00010203
72๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino00010203
74๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan00010102
74๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia00010102
74๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria00010102
77๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia00010001
77๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ Turkmenistan00010001
83๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan00000808
84๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico00000404
85๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland00000202
86๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso00000101
86๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Cรดte d'Ivoire00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Republic of Moldova00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ 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 Japanโ€™s prefectures over 121 days. It involved 10,500 torchbearers, who ultimately arrived at Japanโ€™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 yearโ€™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 yearโ€™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. womenโ€™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 menโ€™s and womenโ€™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 participationโ€”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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33 Problems With Media in One Chart

In this infographic, we catalog 33 problems with the social and mass media ecosystem.

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33 Problems With Media in One Chart

One of the hallmarks of democratic society is a healthy, free-flowing media ecosystem.

In times past, that media ecosystem would include various mass media outlets, from newspapers to cable TV networks. Today, the internet and social media platforms have greatly expanded the scope and reach of communication within society.

Of course, journalism plays a key role within that ecosystem. High quality journalism and the unprecedented transparency of social media keeps power structures in checkโ€”and sometimes, these forces can drive genuine societal change. Reporters bring us news from the front lines of conflict, and uncover hard truths through investigative journalism.

That said, these positive impacts are sometimes overshadowed by harmful practices and negative externalities occurring in the media ecosystem.

The graphic above is an attempt to catalog problems within the media ecosystem as a basis for discussion. Many of the problems are easy to understand once they’re identified. However, in some cases, there is an interplay between these issues that is worth digging into. Below are a few of those instances.

Editor’s note: For a full list of sources, please go to the end of this article. If we missed a problem, let us know!

Explicit Bias vs. Implicit Bias

Broadly speaking, bias in media breaks down into two types: explicit and implicit.

Publishers with explicit biases will overtly dictate the types of stories that are covered in their publications and control the framing of those stories. They usually have a political or ideological leaning, and these outlets will use narrative fallacies or false balance in an effort to push their own agenda.

Unintentional filtering or skewing of information is referred to as implicit bias, and this can manifest in a few different ways. For example, a publication may turn a blind eye to a topic or issue because it would paint an advertiser in a bad light. These are called no fly zones, and given the financial struggles of the news industry, these no fly zones are becoming increasingly treacherous territory.

Misinformation vs. Disinformation

Both of these terms imply that information being shared is not factually sound. The key difference is that misinformation is unintentional, and disinformation is deliberately created to deceive people.

Fake news stories, and concepts like deepfakes, fall into the latter category. We broke down the entire spectrum of fake news and how to spot it, in a previous infographic.

Simplify, Simplify

Mass media and social feeds are the ultimate Darwinistic scenario for ideas.

Through social media, stories are shared widely by many participants, and the most compelling framing usually wins out. More often than not, it’s the pithy, provocative posts that spread the furthest. This process strips context away from an idea, potentially warping its meaning.

Video clips shared on social platforms are a prime example of context stripping in action. An (often shocking) event occurs, and it generates a massive amount of discussion despite the complete lack of context.

This unintentionally encourages viewers to stereotype the persons in the video and bring our own preconceived ideas to the table to help fill in the gaps.

Members of the media are also looking for punchy story angles to capture attention and prove the point they’re making in an article. This can lead to cherrypicking facts and ideas. Cherrypicking is especially problematic because the facts are often correct, so they make sense at face value, however, they lack important context.

Simplified models of the world make for compelling narratives, like good-vs-evil, but situations are often far more complex than what meets the eye.

The News Media Squeeze

It’s no secret that journalism is facing lean times. Newsrooms are operating with much smaller teams and budgets, and one result is ‘churnalism’. This term refers to the practice of publishing articles directly from wire services and public relations releases.

Churnalism not only replaces more rigorous forms of reportingโ€”but also acts as an avenue for advertising and propaganda that is harder to distinguish from the news.

The increased sense of urgency to drive revenue is causing other problems as well. High-quality content is increasingly being hidden behind paywalls.

The end result is a two-tiered system, with subscribers receiving thoughtful, high-quality news, and everyone else accessing shallow or sensationalized content. That everyone else isn’t just people with lower incomes, it also largely includes younger people. The average age of today’s paid news subscriber is 50 years old, raising questions about the future of the subscription business model.

For outlets that rely on advertising, desperate times have called for desperate measures. User experience has taken a backseat to ad impressions, with ad clutter (e.g. auto-play videos, pop-ups, and prompts) interrupting content at every turn. Meanwhile, in the background, third-party trackers are still watching your every digital move, despite all the privacy opt-in prompts.

How Can We Fix the Problems with Media?

With great influence comes great responsibility. There is no easy fix to the issues that plague news and social media. But the first step is identifying these issues, and talking about them.

The more media literate we collectively become, the better equipped we will be to reform these broken systems, and push for accuracy and transparency in the communication channels that bind society together.

Sources and further reading:

Veils of Distortion: How the News Media Warps our Minds by John Zada
Hate Inc. by Matt Taibbi
The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in its Tracks by Bruce Bartlett
Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare by Thomas Rid
The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour
After the Fact by Nathan Bomey
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
Zucked by Roger McNamee
Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Highjacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz
Social media is broken by Sara Brown
The U.S. Mediaโ€™s Problems Are Much Bigger than Fake News and Filter Bubbles by Bharat N. Anand
Whatโ€™s Wrong With the News? by FAIR
Is the Media Doomed? by Politico
The Implied Truth Effect by Gordon Pennycook, Adam Bear, Evan T. Collins, David G. Rand

 

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Visualizing the Current State of the Global Gender Gap

At our current rate of change, it will take up to 136 years to close the global gender gap. Here’s a look at gender inequality across regions.

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Map showing gender gaps in each region

The Current State of the Global Gender Gap

As a global society, we still have a long way to go before we reach gender equality around the world.

According to the World Economic Forumโ€™s (WEF) latest Global Gender Gap Report, it could take up to 135.6 years to close the global gender gap, based on the current rate of change.

This graphic by Sebastian Grรคff gives a breakdown of gender equality worldwide, showing how long it will take before each region reaches gender parity.

How Gender Gap is Measured

In its 15th edition, the Global Gender Gap Report analyzes gender-based discrepancies across 156 different countries. To gauge each regionโ€™s gender gap, the report digs into four key areas:

  1. Economic Participation and Opportunity
  2. Educational Attainment
  3. Health and Survival
  4. Political Empowerment

Each subindex is given its own score, then an average across the four pillars is calculated to give each country a final score between zero (exceptionally unequal) and one (completely equal).

Regional Breakdown

Out of all the regions, Western Europe has the smallest gender gap, with a score of 0.78. At this rate, the gender gap in Western Europe could be closed in approximately 52.1 years, more than 83 years faster than the global estimate.

RankRegionOverall Gender Gap Index (2021)
1Western Europe0.77
2North America0.76
3Latin America and the Caribbean0.71
4Eastern Europe and Central Asia0.71
5East Asia and the Pacific0.69
6Sub-Saharan Africa0.67
7South Asia0.62
8Middle East and North Africa0.61
Global Average0.69

Western Europe scores particularly high in educational attainment (1.0) and health and survival (0.97). Here’s a look at the category breakdown for each region:

RegionEconomic Participation and OpportunityEducational AttainmentHealth and SurvivalPolitical Empowerment
Western Europe0.701.000.970.44
North America0.751.000.970.33
Latin America and the Caribbean0.641.000.980.27
Eastern Europe and Central Asia0.741.000.980.14
East Asia and the Pacific0.700.980.950.14
Sub-Saharan Africa0.660.850.970.21
South Asia0.340.930.940.28
Middle East and North Africa0.410.940.970.12
Global Average0.620.960.970.22

But it might be surprising to see that political empowerment in Western Europe received a score of only 0.44. This is higher than the global average for political empowerment of 0.21, but still indicative of a large gender gap in this area.

Globally, political empowerment tended to receive the lowest scores in the report, as women are grossly underrepresented in politics. A study by the Council of Foreign Relations revealed that out of 195 different countriesโ€™ national cabinets, only 14 countries had at least 50% of their ministerial positions held by women.

Economic participation and opportunity is the second weakest category, with a global average score of 0.58. A good example of how this gap manifests itself is in entrepreneurship and business, where women still struggle to find investors and gain access to venture capital. Further, on average, women continue to make less money than men. According to the UN, women across the globe make approximately 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

The Economic Benefit of Gender Equality

Research shows that empowering women in the workforce is in everyoneโ€™s best interest. Closing the gender gap in the global workforce could lead to a boost of more than $28 trillion to the global economy.

Yet across the globe, COVID-19 has created new challenges that have hindered our progress towards gender equality. This is partly because some of the sectors that have been impacted the most by COVID-19 restrictions, such as hospitality, food services, and personal care, are largely dominated by female workers.

As we continue to recover from the impact of COVID-19, world leaders will face numerous policy challenges, including how to build back better, creating more opportunities for women to thrive in the global economy.

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