Funny that the New York Times reports the medal count like this:
While Australia and the rest of the world counts it like this:
Either which way, Great Britain is beating Australia and that is bad, bad, bad news...If we end up like that it'll be 4 years of torture before we go at it again in London in 2012.
Let's keep things in perspective though. Looking at population ranks, this is how the above rates:
#1. China (20% of the world population)
#3. US (5%)
#22. GB (0.91%)
#9. Russia (2.13%)
We're fighting way above our weight class...And yes I am way bored at this point with jetlag preventing me from sleeping and 5 beers failing to take effect...what else can I do on the Internets (as Mr McCain would say...)
PS: Pitcairn Island rates a# 221 with a population of 50 in case you were interested.
We have had our visas successfully renewed and are waiting for Australia Post to deliver our passports.
And as we wait I am reminded of how watching the Olympics in different countries delivers very different viewpoints. Over the past 20 years, I have watched it in Japan, Canada, the US and Australia. Herewith a Qantas commercial that gives you a taste.
When you don't live in a superpower, the medal tally is conveniently per capita adjusted by the way. Lo and behold the Aussies are winning!
Kim and I are big fans of the Olympics. Kim's family has strong ties to the Canadian Olympic team. There has been a Nye at every Olympics dating back to Mexico in 1968 I think. In Sydney in 2000 I worked for the Japanese Team as an interpreter, living in the Village and seeing some memorable performances. I put my name in the lottery to be a placard bearer to lead a country into the Opening Ceremony and managed to score the Islamic Republic of Iran. They were a great team with some world class wrestlers that were just big friendly giants, excited to be in Sydney. They ended up winning three gold medals in that event. I also met a really interesting American of Iranian descent who failed to qualify for the US team in Equestrian so had moved back to Iran and was now riding for them. He had some incredible stories.
We waited in a staging area and naturally alphabetically, the Republic of Iraq was next to us. And the two of them couldn't have been friendlier. They talked of all sorts of things. It was quite extraordinary to witness.
Bring on Beijing and Go Aussie Go. For an itty bitty nation we go pretty well.