I always thought the United States was great at the Summer Olympics. We kick ass every year, win tons of gold medals and send countries home crying. But how is our country at producing Summer Olympic Champions? Apparently we're terrible at it.
In a recent study (that may be far too generous a term) of how many medal winning athletes a country produced per 1 million people from 1996 to 2004, we sucked a fat one. We ranked 46th out of 99 countries. Cuba, no real surprise, came in first at 2.4 medals per million people. We averaged .33 per million. India came in last at 0.0 because they obviously have no athletic people whatsoever.
Such well-known athletic heavyweights as Kazakhstan, Bulagria, Azerbaijan and Bahrain took us to the woodshed in terms of people per million that win medals at the Summer Games.
Now I know what you're saying. We have a big country. True, but other fairly large countries are significantly ahead of us as well, including Germany, France (oh, that's bad), Russia and Australia.
Of course we also have lots of athletes in America that would kick butt on another country's team but they aren't quite good enough to make the U.S. Team. Ok, true, but that ruins the fun of this post. Just remember that Kazakhstan - home of Jew-hating Borat - is technically better at producing medal winning athletes than we are.
So mothers, start feeding your kids steroids, or something like that. I want more medals.