In these Olympics, China likes to count gold medals, because they have more of them than anyone else: as I write, 47 (to the U.S.‘s 31). The U.S. likes to count total medals, because they have more of them than anyone else: 102 (to China’s 89). But what if we were to count medal scores by giving three points for each gold, two for each silver, and one for each bronze? That would give China (47, 17, 25) a score of 200. And it would give the U.S. (31, 36, 35) . . . 200.
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