My name is Chris Suppa, and I’m from Canada, where they apparently celebrate third place.
5/8ths of Canada’s medals are bronze. They have one gold medal, in women’s trampoline, which is a borderline sport in a competition chock full of borderline sports.
Canada also boasts five silver medals, which is nice if you like acknowledging the first loser.
Here’s the thing: the rest of the world only cares about gold medals. In fact, it’s only recently that North American media outlets altered their medal count standings to indicate that the country with the most gold medals – and not the one with the most total medals – should be on top of the leaderboard.
Makes sense, right? You won the most events, you win the Games.
Well, if Canada was honest with themselves and only counted gold medals, they’d be rubbing elbows with the likes of Slovenia, Norway and Grenada; all Summer Olympics powerhouses, to be sure.
I actually had a debate today with my co-workers (I work at a Toronto sports TV stat...