Fans of the Olympics have labeled the US media ‘misleading’ for ranking their medals by total won rather than gold alone…which puts America in first place and ahead of China, despite having seven fewer first-place finishes. !
US media has been criticized by Olympic spectators for counting the medals in a way that presents the United States as the most successful nation to date at the Tokyo Games.
Medals are usually ranked by whoever has the most gold medals. So a nation in second place could have won 50 medals, but if only five were gold, they would be behind a nation that won six medals as long as all six were gold.
But American media like The New York Times and The Washington Post have compiled a table of the total medals won, putting the US at the top despite having won fewer gold medals than China.
Jade Carey is one of 22 gold medalists for the United States so far, but China has 29
The official Olympics website ranks China ahead of the US for gold medals won
Fans have pointed out how in America they rank the US at the top of the medal table (the above was highlighted last week – the US now has 64 medals and China 62)
At the time of writing, the United States has 64 medals while China has 62. But China has won 29 gold medals, seven more than the US and on most traditional tables, that would put them in the top position.
Last week, the quirk was noticed by a China-based Washington Post reader who pointed it out via Twitter, saying: Come on @WashingtonPost, the US is beaten in the medal count by both China and Japan. Why can’t you display this correctly in your table?’
The medal table was compiled in a similar fashion by the New York Times, and followers pointed out that the US typically counts Olympic medals.
“America has generally measured by total medals. America is also expected to get 10-15 more gold than Japan and China, so it will end up being even,” came a reply.
Another Twitter user told the New York Times, “I remember America used to do medals with gold, but when they lost the lead on that, they went with total medals instead.”
Wenwen Li claimed gold for China in weightlifting on Monday, one of 29 gold medals won to date
Even Americans said the way the US media presents the medal tables is misleading
Another sports fan said America often counts medals in the overall total at the Olympics
An onlooker went on to say, ‘I just wonder why the country with the most gold metals isn’t at the top? I’m American, but I find this a bit misleading.’
In fact, on the official website of the Olympic Games, China is in first place and the United States in second place.
But another sports fan suggested that the United States has always ranked its medal table by total number of medals rather than total number of golds.
“The way America wins Olympic medals has always been interesting to me,” they said. “Most other countries rank by gold medal count, but they do it by total medal count.”