How To Dominate the Olympics and Attain Long-Term Global (Athletic) Supremacy

So you are a relatively new country, or maybe~ an old one (don't worry this is a national-discriminate-free-zone), and you've been sucking pretty hard at the Summer Olympics for the past 4 - 14 decades. Global Warming's a thing and you're saying; "We wanna be rocking it in time for the 2nd Cold War (CW2)."

Well guess what baby?

YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica - Winning Gold 200m [Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images]

Usain Bolt of Jamaica - Winning Gold 200m [Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images]

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How to dominate the summer olympics (as a nation) via accumulative medal count and establish global superiority in time for CW2; a brief analysis of costs and expected value.

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In simpler terms;

Objective

|| Dominate 25 Consecutive Summer Olympics as a Nation || ;

Win Condition/Year

|| highest total olympic medals &&(as well as the) highest total gold medals || ;

 

if (total wins is equal to or greater than 25) {

Send to: "trump.jr.sr.jr@president.usa.gov"; 
Print: "Winner, Winner. Chicken. Dinner.";
};
 
Agatha of Brazil - Beach Volleyball Semi Final Victory [Source: Alex Ferro/Rio2016]

Agatha of Brazil - Beach Volleyball Semi Final Victory [Source: Alex Ferro/Rio2016]

So how do we reach our goal and spend the least amount of money to do it.

Not to mention witnessing the magic of achieving said dream; would be preferable in this lifetime- rather than the next..

 

OK Let's <break>hr</break> and talk about our goal for a minute here :

 

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This year, in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, there are 311 different events athletes can compete and earn medals in. Historically the US (United States of America) has shown that we'd need to be winning approx. 105 - 110 total medals. ~We'll shoot for 115, just in case.

**Quick Update Aug 23 -> US ended up winning 121 medals  -> re-evaluate goal to 130 total**

Looking at the total list of summer sports there's two that stand out to me right away:

 

Swimming

  • 32 swimming events / 899 athletes / 179 countries
  • **96 total possible medals

Athletics

  • 47 athletics events / 2364 athletes / 200 countries  
  • **141 total possible medals

 

An interesting statistic we can note from this data is on average there are approximately:

 

1.7x more competitors per event in athletics vs swimming.

 

++ We could infer from this (at a macro level) that the probability for the athletes that qualify for swimming events have a higher chance of winning medals than those that qualify for the athletic events. (Lower % of Competitors = Higher % Chance of Winning per Competition)

++ Athletes that qualify for events and don't win medals still incur the same costs of competing to our nation as ones that don't.

(i.e. travel/food/entrance fee's/lodging/uniforms etc.)

 

The US has won the most medals in the summer olympics since 1996

 

Rio 2016 - USA 100 - 35 Gold

London 2012 - USA 104 - 46 Gold

Beijing 2008 - USA 110 - 51 Gold

Athens 2004 - USA 101 - 35 Gold

Sydney 2000 - USA 94 - 37 Gold

Atlanta 1996 - USA 101 - 44 Gold

 

[Source: Olympic Medals per Capita]

 

The US has achieved a milestone of 1000 gold medals at the summer olympics from it's inception in 1896.

 

244 Swimming (24.4% of total)

324 Track & Field (32.4% of total)

432 in Other Sports (43.2% of total)

 

56.8% of their total gold medals have been in swimming and track & field.

 

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Olympic Aquatics Centre Rio 2016 - Final Night [Source: Tom Pettington/Getty Images]

Olympic Aquatics Centre Rio 2016 - Final Night [Source: Tom Pettington/Getty Images]

Optimizing ROM (Return on Medals)

**Not to be confused with CD-ROM or computer RAM(Random Access Memory).

In order to start winning soon, and since our country is currently broke (partly due to the previous finance minister being an alcoholic.. his policy of casinos being ATM's for public officials who need to laundry the taxers for pepsi.. wasn't as lucrative as we'd have hoped), we'll want to be as efficient as possible and focus our limited resources on developing athletes in select sports that offer more events(opportunities) per athlete to earn medals. Hopefully this will also help us reduce the costs of building additional training facilities.

 

What events should we focus on and why it’s swimming. 

Or is it track & field. No. Wait. Definitely both. Let's start with swimming then, since Phelps is retiring and Usain Bolt is still grinding out Ws'.

 

#[The Life Aquatic] Why swimming is so attractive;

[Source:&nbsp;Michael Phelps Instagram]

[Source: Michael Phelps Instagram]

Skill Set Translates into Multiple Events

Category well suited for dominant athletes to train and compete in multiple events (i.e. Michael Phelps & Jenny Thompson) Perfect.

 

Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy, Michael Phelps and Cody Miller [Source: Adam Petty/Getty Images]

Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy, Michael Phelps and Cody Miller [Source: Adam Petty/Getty Images]

RAISES THE BAR

Having strong close competitive rivals encourages to athletes push each other to get better and better, teammates help each other compete.  

This effect is compounded when people can compete in multiple events. Seeing one person be successful on a team teaches everybody on that team that winning is possible.

[Source: Michael Phelps Twitter]

[Source: Michael Phelps Twitter]

Competitive Longevity

Dominant athletes can dominate for much longer with proper coaching, safety and maintenance. Not as strenuous or destructive on the body given there are less uncontrollable variables as other events, such as rugby and sailing.

 

Don't Have to Re-Invent The Wheel

There are Existing and Successful Models that can be Implemented(Copied), from Buildings & Facilities to Setting up Local Swim Clubs, Swimming Programs, Athlete Development and even Expert Coaching.

 

Long Term Strategic Benefit

High Upfront Capital Investment in Facilities that provides Long Term Residual Value.

Having a local pool can have long term health and therapeutical benefits for the surrounding community, and can translate into less strain on medical systems.

 

Numbers to Look At

# local swim clubs & # olympic size swimming pools & # bath towels # cost of facilities # coaching # programs # cost of maintenance # easymoney

 

Fastest. Highest. Furthest.

The olympics is about answering all sortsof questions:

who can jump the highest // who can run the fastest // who can throw the furthest // who can run while jumping the hyphest // and of course who is ninja
 
 

#[Track and Field] Why you can’t ignore athletics;

Thiago Braz of Brazil - Winning Gold in Pole Vaulting [Source: Paul Gilham/Getty Images]

Thiago Braz of Brazil - Winning Gold in Pole Vaulting [Source: Paul Gilham/Getty Images]

If you can’t win in athletics, technically you're not establishing any sort of national "Athletic" superiority. Even if you end up winning in accumulative overall medals from every other sporting event; at best you'd be nothing more than an organized eclectic group of polymaths. As you would be ignoring the entire premise behind olympic domination in the first place;

 

Who has the strongest warriors?

Usain Bolt of Jamaica - Winning Gold 100m [Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images ]

Usain Bolt of Jamaica - Winning Gold 100m [Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images ]

It's a chance to determining relative strength and instill fear in rivals and nations without actually having to go to war.

Case in point, one of the first events in the olympics was who could run the fastest in armour. [source: Google Tips]

 

Numbers to Look At

# athletics programs & # track and field teams vs # public schools # farming golds

 

#Queries;

Lisa Dahlkvist of Sweden - Semi Finals Victory vs Brazil [Source: Buda Mendes/Getty Images]

Lisa Dahlkvist of Sweden - Semi Finals Victory vs Brazil [Source: Buda Mendes/Getty Images]

What about [insert sport + team/athlete here]?

Of course there are tons of outliers like tennis/rowing/beach volleyball and at times there will be breakthrough athletes/performances/teams in various sports/events and some years will be better than others.

This variance is a challenge that every country/program/competitor faces, we can even determine and assign a numeric value to it. However the key to overcoming this challenge, reducing risk, and maximizing success is to first establish a strong foundation. There is a compounding, top-down effect in all organizations, that highlight the importance of general structure, values, clear objectives, and planning.

 

This guide is clean.

Thanks. For the purpose of simplifying the discussion (sports analysis is practically it's own science - i.e. sabremetrics), and as we are looking at determining a plan for sustainable successes over a long period of time, we're ignore those outliers at the moment.

Instead we're focusing on looking at the olympics objectively, from a macro perspective; as if it were a video game.

 
Shawnae Miller of the Bahamas - Winning Gold in 400m [Source: Rio 2016 Official Twitter]

Shawnae Miller of the Bahamas - Winning Gold in 400m [Source: Rio 2016 Official Twitter]

Wait how do I 1v9?

The next step would be working with experts and consulting specialists in their respective fields to define a cohesive plan of attack. Understanding what may make an individual athlete or a team successful, and what makes an organization that consistently produces successful athletes and teams is paramount to maximizing any expected positive outcome.

 

Ok bigger question. Where do spend.

-> track & field (40%) // swimming (55%) // rowing (5%);

 

Inspired. Ready to take on the world. We've got you covered; here’s some juicy links to get you started on your way to stockpiling your very own olympic medal warehouse.

 

[What is a Swimming Pool?]

[USA Olympic Pool Building Guide]

[Training & Development Facilities]

[USA Swimming Team Master Coaching Videos]

[2016 USA Olympic Swim Team Carpool Karaoke] 

 

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++Top Banner Photo is Cate Campbell of Australia in the 100m Women's Freestyle and was taken by Adam Petty/Getty Images. SPOILER! She Wins.++