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Interesting (update)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, August 25, 2008

If the USSR was still in existence today, it would have won the total medal count in the Beijing Olympics by a whopping 61 medals.

(HT: SJ)

UPDATE: KyleN brings up an excellent point in the comment section. If the USSR had been participating, those who composed the national teams of their former states in this Olympics would either have been on the USSR national Olympic team or left at home. So the medal count for a USSR team most likely wouldn't have been as high as the sum of all medals for the separate teams competing.
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It depends if they would keep stealing last year’s technology to make synthetic steroids and hormones and insist on producing and developing it themselves or if they would buy the cutting edge stuff directly from the free world.

Did I happen to mention I’m jaded about modern sport competition in general?
Written By: jpm100
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It actually helps that they were several countries instead of one. Each country faces limits on how many athletes it can enter into each competition — if I recall correctly, no more than one team for team events, and no more than two or three athletes for most single events, depending on the event. If the United States could compete as 15 separate countries, we’d dominate the total medal count even more than we did. Doesn’t mean we’d win as many golds, though...
Written By: Bryan Pick
Good point Bryan. Of course when Chinese Taipei’s four bronze are added to China’s total they are much closer in the total medal count. Now if only China can establish a training regimen in Tibet.
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God help me, I tried but couldn’t come up with a credible Yakov Smirnov-style joke for this one.

Written By: shark
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In Russia, you don’t wear Olympic Medals, Olypic Medals wear you.
Written By: jpm100
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uhhmmm, no actually they would not have. Since they would have had a limited number of people on each team, just like all the other nations. So many of those winners would have had to stay home. I wonder how many medals the USA could win if each state had their own Olympic team?
Written By: kyleN
uhhmmm, no actually they would not have. Since they would have had a limited number of people on each team, just like all the other nations. So many of those winners would have had to stay home.
Good point Kyle. Somewhere some of the athletes who represented their country would either have made the national team or been left behind.
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Written By: Bryan Pick
Yeah well they would have been thrashed by the British Empire

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