A Decent Second Week Saved The US From Olympic Catastrophe

Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics are officially over, it’s time for one last update from our simple model that compares each country’s medal count with what we’d expect it to earn based on its history in each sport. Here’s how it works, in a nutshell: To get a given country’s baseline, we calculated how often it won gold, silver and bronze medals (out of all medals possible) in each Olympic sport from the 1998 Games through the 2014 Games.1With the exception of the Olympic athletes from Russia, who got a discounted version of the Russian Federation’s medal rates over the 1998-2014 span. Then, as things played out in Pyeongchang, we used those historical rates to determine how far every country was above or below its usual Winter Olympic pace. Here are the final numbers from 2018: Who impressed — and disappointed — in Pyeongchang?Actual and expected medal counts by country in the 2018 Winter Olympics 8Switzerland56415+1.4– 17Great Britain1045+2.6– 2Germany1410731-3.6– 12Japan45413+6.1– 18Belarus2103-0.9– Austria53614-7.1– New Zealand0022+2.0– 16Finland1146-3.3– Slovakia1203+1.7– 15Czech Republic2237+1.3– 10Sweden76114+2.5– 4United States98623-12.9– Liechtenstein0011+1.0– Slovenia0112-1.0– Ukraine1001-0.2– Olympic athletes from Russia26917-1.0*– 13Italy32510-0.7– Over the first half of the Olympics, the U.S. produced nine fewer medals than expected. In the second half, it was “only” 3.9 below its usual pace, and that number even briefly crept into positive territory after a five-medal performance on Day 13 that included a thrilling win over Canada in women’s ice hockey. Capping things off with a shocking upset gold in men’s curling (!!!), Team USA ended its stay in South Korea in better shape than it started.And, as Olympic researcher (and friend of the site) Bill Mallon points out, perhaps it was unfair to expect quite so much out of the U.S. this year anyway. The data we used to set America’s baseline included one Olympics with a home-field advantage (2002 in Salt Lake City), as well as another pseudo-home competition in Vancouver in 2010. Certainly, the travel to South Korea was much more grueling. Mallon also points out that the U.S.’s traditional dominance in X-Games style sports (such as snowboarding) might be eroding as other countries devote more attention to them — another reason why expectations based on recent history might have been unrealistic.Either way, the U.S. will leave Pyeongchang with a handful of indelible memories, despite the relative lack of medals overall. And the Norwegians, with their staggering 39 medals, will now have to grapple with their newfound status as an Olympic juggernaut.“We always want to win,” Norwegian sports commentator Fredrik Aukland told The New York Times. “But modesty is a big part of the culture here.”After Norway destroyed the field — and our medal tracker’s expectations — maybe braggadocio is the main thing it should work on going into the 2022 Games in Beijing. France54615+0.4– 14China1629-2.5– Australia0213-0.6– *Using medal rates for the Russian Federation, but with a 25 percent reduction to reflect that fewer athletes are competing this year, compared to previous games.Sources: Sports-Reference.com, International Olympic Committee CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotalvs. Expected 21Poland1012-1.8– 1Norway14141139+11.1– Latvia0011-0.7– Spain0022+2.0– Belgium0101+0.8– Kazakhstan0011+0.0 6South Korea58417+7.6– 5Netherlands86620+5.0– 25Hungary1001+1.0– Unsurprisingly, the record-breaking Norwegians blew away their expected total, nabbing 11 pieces of hardware more than expected based on the country’s track record. Olympic home-team South Korea also cleaned up, for nearly eight more medals than expected, continuing the general trend of host nations getting a major boost in performance at their own party. Meanwhile, others near the top of the table, such as Germany and Canada, medalled at a rate basically in line with what we’d expect (despite the latter’s existential curling crisis).And then there were the Americans. During the games, I wrote about the U.S.’s struggles, and Team USA did end up being the biggest underachiever in medals versus expected, with a -12.9 mark. That sense of letdown can be seen not just via our simple tracker, but also in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s internal projections — which, according to The Associated Press, set 37 medals as the expected target. Team USA is going home with 23 instead, its fewest in a Winter Olympics since 1998. (Interestingly, it did have the same number of golds — nine — as it did in each of the past three Winter Games, but many fewer silvers and bronzes.)A series of disappointing performances by big pre-Olympic favorites contributed to the generally mediocre showing for the U.S. But if there is any consolation, it’s that most of the U.S.’s underperformance happened in its first week or so in Pyeongchang, as Team USA did its best to right the ship in week 2: 3Canada1181029+1.2– read more

WestJet worker had measles on Provo flight

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #measlesthreatfromWestJetworker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 3, 2017 – Providenciales – Providenciales was among the flight destinations to which a WestJet employee, who is recently confirmed to have highly contagious measles, flew to and now passengers are being warned of what to look out for.There were seven flights worked by the employee in all and a media report says it was Toronto Public Health which alerted WestJet of the situation.   The flight worked by the WestJet staff was on March 24, which was a week ago today, commuting from Toronto to Provo.#MagneticMediaNews#measlesthreatfromWestJetworker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Ben Mee insists Hart will get a good reception at City

first_imgBurnley defender Ben Mee insists Joe Hart will get the reception he deserves on his first return to the Etihad Stadium.Hart, who recently had a training pitch named after him at the Etihad Campus, won five major trophies in a 12-year period with the Citizens.The former Manchester City shot-stopper never got chance to say a proper goodbye to fans who adored him, but he will back in goal, only in opposition tomorrow as he plays against City for the first time in his career.Asked whether Hart has a point to prove, Mee said, according to Burnley Express:“Yeah, you have to ask him that, but I’m sure there’s something there. It’s always good to go back to places you’ve played. “He has been, I guess, written off in the past, but he’s still a top keeper and I’m sure he wants to prove he’s still a top keeper.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I think he’s still got a lot to offer and show he’s still a top goalkeeper.”“He’s well thought of at the club for what he did over the years. He was there a long time, yeah, I’m sure he will get a very good reception.”“He’s well thought of. “I think I was playing in his first game when he arrived at City, so I knew him from a young lad. He’s a good lad.”“I remember watching him and went to see him when he made it into the first team. It’s great to see how well he’s done.”last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to Ban Skype WhatsApp

first_imgA month after imposing a censorship on Twitter, the ultra conservative gulf kingdom Saudi Arabia has threatened to ban instant messaging applications like Skype and WhatsApp citing failure to control them as the reason.”The Communications and Information Technology Commission has requested companies operating the applications to meet the regulatory requirements to avoid their suspension in the kingdom,” sources told Saudi news website Sabq.”The commission is now coordinating with the application operators on the issue.”According to Russia Today, the Saudi Arabian government had given just a week’s time to the companies to deal with the situation and decide on technical measures.The sources said the decision of banning instant messaging applications was “in accordance with regulatory procedures.”Saudi-owned television news channel Al Arabiya reported that instant messaging applications like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber face the risk of being banned.Recently, Saudi Arabia Minister for Media and Culture Abdel Aziz Khoga had asked citizens to abide by the government’s decision of banning Twitter.”People have to take care of what they are writing on Twitter,” the minister said.”It’s getting harder to observe around three million people subscribing to the social network in the kingdom.”Earlier, the government had banned the usage of Blackberry Phones stating that the sending and receiving of message was encrypting communications and was causing difficulty in monitoring them which in turn affected the country’s efforts to fight terrorism and crime.Here are some countries that have completely banned social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:last_img read more

St Louis Broadcaster Who Called MLK Coon Will Temporarily Leave Anchor Desk

first_imgBy The Associated PressA St. Louis newscaster who uttered what he called an unintentional racial slur while discussing Martin Luther King Jr. says he will step away from the anchor desk while he works to regain viewers’ trust.KTVI-TV’s Kevin Steincross said on Jan. 17 that an upcoming tribute would honor “Martin Luther Coon Jr.” He apologized and station management initially said he would not be disciplined.Kevin Steincross (Screengrab)But the St. Louis County NAACP demanded the station fire Steincross.On Jan. 25, Steincross apologized again. He and station management issued statements saying they agreed Steincross should take a break from the anchor desk and address the “pain (Steincross) caused.”Station management says they met with several Black and civic organizations and employees to hear their views.The statements didn’t indicate how long Steincross would be away from the anchor desklast_img read more