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The Overachievers

Sept. 14, 1988
Sept. 14, 1988

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Sept. 14, 1988

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The Overachievers

When gold medal totals are adjusted for population, the Bahamas in
1964 and Norway in 1920 are the biggest winners in Summer Olympic
history - and both can thank yachting. In '64, Durward Knowles and C.
Cecil Cooke won the Star class and gave the Bahamas its only Olympic
gold ever. In '20, seven of Norway's 13 golds were won in yachting.
In '36 both of Estonia's golds were won by heavyweight wrestler
Kristjan Palusalu, who scored a double by taking both the freestyle
and the Greco-Roman titles. (Four years later Estonia was absorbed
into the U.S.S.R.) Luxembourg's lone gold was won in 1952 by Josy
Barthel, who upset a strong 1,500-meter field that included Britain's
Roger Bannister.

This is an article from the Sept. 14, 1988 issue

CHART: COUNTRY (POPULATION) YEAR GOLD MEDALS GOLD
MEDALS/
POPULATION

1. Bahamas (108,000) 1964 1 1/108,000
2. Norway (2.6 million) 1920 13 1/200,000
3. Finland (3.1 million) 1920 15 1/207,000
4. Finland (3.2 million) 1924 14 1/229,000
5. Sweden (5.6 million) 1912 24 1/233,000
6. Greece (2.4 million) 1896 10 1/240,000
7. Luxembourg (300,000) 1952 1 1/300,000
8. Finland (3 million) 1912 9 1/330,000
9. East Germany (16.8 million) 1980 47 1/357,000
10. New Zealand (3.2 million) 1984 8 1/400,000
11. East Germany (16.8 million) 1976 40 1/420,000
12. Finland (3.4 million) 1928 8 1/425,000
13. Finland (4 million) 1948 8 1/500,000
14. Belgium (7.4 million) 1920 14 1/529,000
15. Estonia (1.1 million) 1936 2 1/550,000
CREDIT: NO CREDIT
CAPTION: NO CAPTION
DESCRIPTION: Countries with best Olympic gold medal record per
capita.