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Update: The REAL Olympic medal count

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Earlier this week, Fourth-Place Medal created our version of the Olympic medal count, which ignores results from judged sports in order to provide an unbiased look into the total medal tallies of the countries. (For a more detailed explanation, check out the original post.) With just three days left in the Beijing Games, we thought it would be a good time to update the standings. First, though, some points of clarification:

1) The reason the United States and China are the only countries listed is because they're the two countires competing for the overall medal lead.

2) This tabulation is not meant to suggest that every medal won in a judged sport is tainted. For every Cheng Fei (the Chinese gymnast who inexplicably received a bronze medal in the vault despite landing on her knees) there is a Guo Jingjing (the flawless two-time gold medalist diver who was a clear winner in her events).

3) As Joel Achenbach pointed out in an article in today's Washington Post, almost all sports are subject to types of judging errors -- baseball relies on umpires to call balls and strikes, soccer referees influence the game with their penalties, etc. The difference is, the officials in those sports exist to control the game, not to decide it.

4) The events thrown out of our medal tally are: diving, equestrian, gymnastics, judo, synchronized swimming, taekwondo, trampoline and wrestling

First, the actual medal count:


Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total

China 46 15 22 83
United States
29 34 32 95

Next, the REAL medal count:


Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total

United States
25 26 25 76
China 23 12 13 48


For the first time in our tabulation, the United States has passed China in gold medals. The Chinese have a staggering 23 golds in judged events, exactly half of their regular total. The United States has just four golds in such sports. In total, China has earned 35 medals in sports with judges, while the U.S. has 19.

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