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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Reader Mail: Athlete Numbers

I've gotten a couple of e-mails questioning the numbers of athletes in each Olympic delegation that I've listed in the standings table at right. Chris writes,
Where's that info from? I read that the Australian team was the 2nd biggest at 482 competitors. Does your figure include support staff and admin/management ? Just asking . . .
And Joyce asks the same thing:
Curious as to how you came up with your counts for number of athletes. You list Greece as having 966 athletes, but a web site lists only 441 and Canada you list as 555 but I saw an article that says 262. Officially the US says it sent 531 but you credit 1,558?
If my numbers are wrong I'd love to get them corrected, so if you know where I can find the information, and you can point me to it or send it to me, I'd be eternally grateful.

At the moment, the athlete numbers are taken from this page on the Athens 2004 site: I search by national Olympic committee and take the number of hits returned. It's quick and dirty, and I suppose it's possible that there are duplicate entries. (To be honest, I haven't cross-checked all 1,558 American listings.) I was pointed to this page after I posted a question in Ask MetaFilter (from whence all blessings flow) about where to find such data.

Corrections are always welcome, but please don't take these standings too seriously -- they're far too incomplete (so many events without last-place finishers, you know), and the ties are broken too arbitrarily.

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  • At 1:12 PM, August 25, 2004 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There's definetly something wrong with that listing, just checked the Danish names, I know we've got 92 athletes this year. It seems like the list includes some people who are not there, but who have been at the olympics 4 years ago.


  • At 2:16 PM, August 25, 2004 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The numbers have reduced somewhat on the Athens2004 site since you took them - however there still seem to be duplicates. A random look on the last page of the USA listings have Iris Zimmerman entered twice (unlikely the USA have entered two Iris Zimmermans, both in Fencing, huh?).


    (btw no I didn't page through 1418 entrants - just edited the "cpage" entry on the url).

  • At 3:06 PM, August 25, 2004 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Try this Yahoo site. It has more accurate counts.


  • At 3:22 PM, August 25, 2004 , Blogger mcwetboy said...

    Thanks! I'll get those new numbers plunked in as soon as I can. Though considering how busy things have just gotten, I'm not sure when that will be.

  • At 3:04 AM, August 26, 2004 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Australia does have 482 member team (not including officals ect.) making it the second largest

    We also have 16 Gold medals placing us third in the medal tally.