posted on 24 August 2016
Written by Frank Li
Rio Olympics 2016 closed on August 21. I thoroughly enjoyed it by spending numerous hours watching it, just as I did with all the recent Olympics! What about you?
Because I wrote about the past two Olympics (Swimming, Olympics 2012, and More and The 2014 Sochi Olympics), I will continue the tradition by writing about this one. Very importantly, because the Summer Olympics always occur during an election year for the American President, I will briefly link them together again, just as I did in 2012 (Olympics 2012, Economies, and The Next American President).
1. The Olympics
I love the Olympics! I think the Olympic spirit represents the best of mankind: peace and the demonstration of excellence in athletic ability & beauty! This is particularly poignant today, as the world is so full of conflicts, with the Mideast and Europe in their worst shape since WWII!
Let me further elaborate on each ...
2. The medal table
One of the biggest deals for the Olympics is the medal table. Your country's rank in the medal table is far more than a bragging right - It actually reflects, largely, your country's economic standing in the world!
The two tables below highlight the medal winners for the past two Olympics.
As you can see, America did very well this time, while China did not. However, I stand by my prediction, made in 2012 (Olympics 2012, Economies, and The Next American President), that China will top the medal table by 2032, with the biggest difference coming from swimming!
The U.K. and Russia switched the positions on the medal table from 2012 to 2016 for one main reason: the Russian team was significantly downsized in 2016. For more, read: 119 Russian athletes banned from the Rio Olympics due to on-going doping scandal.
Will the U.K. or Russia ever threaten America to top the medal table? No, not in my life time, at least! So from now on until 2032, the race will be between the U.S. and China, just like in their economies!
3. The rise of the rest
In addition to Singapore, Vietnam, and Fiji, as highlighted earlier, the three BRICS countries (other than China and Russia) showed more promising signs:
Any doubt about my claim that the Olympics and the world economy mirror each other?
4. The best in 2016 Olympics
To me, the best in the 2016 Olympics are the following three (in that order):
More profoundly, first Gabby Douglas and now Simone Biles, I think that blacks will soon dominate gymnastics, women's first and in America first, but eventually in both men's and women's throughout the world, just as they have done in track & field!
It is also interesting to see Asians continually trying to find more niches, such as the 4 x 100m relay in track, with Japan placing 2nd and China 4th, while American men's team was disqualified again, for the same reason (i.e. bad baton passing), again (China vs. America: Passing the Baton).
The Olympic medal table is a big deal, but the economies behind it are far bigger deals. Amazingly, they seem to go hand in hand.
With American athletes dominating the Olympics with excellence, let's demand the same from the American President, shall we?
Give Donald Trump a chance to make America great again! For more, read: Donald Trump vs. Deng Xiaoping.
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