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by Neal Rogers
June 23, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI rule changes for 2018 include eight-man teams for Grand Tours, maximum peloton size of 176 riders; Team Sky announces Tour de France team intent on bringing Froome a fourth title; Froome: ‘This year’s Tour route doesn’t necessarily suit me’; BMC Racing announces Tour de France roster built around Richie Porte as sole leader; After runner-up finish at Giro d’Italia, Quintana ready to take on Froome at Tour de France; Gilbert seeking a third Belgian national road title in Antwerp; Tour de France champion Greg LeMond signs huge carbon fibre deal with Deakin University; Team Rwanda invited to Colorado Classic; Research delves into which nations hold overall best athletic prowess across all sports; Man rides 1,400 miles to hear deceased daughter’s heartbeat on Father’s Day
New research from 888Poker calculates the countries with the highest level of sporting talent, based on the number of wins across a multitude of major competitions and tournaments. From Olympic medals, to Football World Cups, the online poker network explored the countries with the most sporting wins per capita. Finland and Norway took top honors, followed by Sweden and Australia.
Finland had 303 gold medals and eight tennis wins buoying them up — not a huge number compared to the U.S., but Finland is less than 2% of the size of the US. The big advantage for Norway was its Winter Olympic tally — 329 gold medals in total. That’s higher than any other country, even before population is taken into account.
Sweden did well when it came to gold Summer Olympic medals, winning just under five for every 100,000 members of the population. Australia’s greatest strength was its cricket wins, taking home 79% of all cricket prizes won by countries in the research. Australia also had a fair amount of success in field hockey across both genders.
In some sports, certain countries are familiar as the most frequent winners. The US and China maintain excellent results at the Olympics,but per person, they don’t even feature in the top five. Germany are frequent winners in football, and Great Britain occasionally makes a showing in tennis.
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