Letters to the Editor

How Olympic winners should really be tallied

In this Aug. 1, 2016, photo, people pose for a photo with the Olympic Rings at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In this Aug. 1, 2016, photo, people pose for a photo with the Olympic Rings at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP

Like many Americans, I have been following the performances of our team.

However, there is, in my opinion, an omission of performances by smaller teams.

In our paper, we see the daily total of medals awarded to the teams. Although a good measurement of success, the smaller teams — even those winning medals — fail to receive recognition for their achievements.

The main reason they will never make it on the total medal count is they have a significant disadvantage by not having as many participants at the games.

I would propose an additional performance measurement. The larger teams, by their greater size, have a greater chance of obtaining medals.

My proposal to level the field would be to create a percentage of success by all teams. The approach should allow for greater small-team recognition.

The following formula should be sufficient for this task:

(Total medal count / number of active team members) X 100 = XX percent of success rate.

Michael Gleason, San Luis Obispo

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