Funny Olympic Facts

50 50 50Whatever your views on the monarchy and Ireland, I think we can all be united by a brief pause of mathematical surprise that HM Queen Elizabeth’s 2016 personal medal tally is precisely 50 golds, 50 silvers, and 50 bronzes.

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  • Skibo

    Interesting fact that each medal cost £4M when you look at the monies that goes into sports. Can we really say the Olympics is amateur any more?
    In days gone by, the Russians employed their athletes within the Army. Chinese athletes are selected at infant level and coached and schooled independent of their family, East Germany were renound for drugs. USA athletes were sponsored by big business.
    Where has Amateur Athletics gone?

  • terence patrick hewett

    Oh! Pádraig: light the blue touch-paper and retire immediatly!

  • terence patrick hewett

    The UK sports industry is an industry like any other: it is a major employer which engages 450,000 people: if it was abstracted from the UK economy 1 million jobs would be lost. And it is an industry which is a world leader only second to the US sports industry. Young people understand this: 10,000 people in the UK graduate in sports science per annum and it is rising because it offers a good career.

    UK Sports Industry worth £23.8 billion and
    holds nearly 1 million jobs

    Sports Industry Important Component of National Economy, Finds
    CareerBuilder/EMSI Study

    http://www.careerbuilder.co.uk/uk/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=5%2F2%2F2013&id=pr52&ed=12%2F31%2F2013

    Britain’s sport industry hitting top form

    “Across football, rugby and cycling, economic activity around sport is growing”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11580773/Britains-sport-industry-hitting-top-form.html

    Jobs in sport:

    http://www.uksport.gov.uk/jobs-in-sport

    Economic Value of Sport – Local Model (updated Nov 2015)

    https://www.sportengland.org/research/benefits-of-sport/economic-value-of-sport/

    Sport Market Reports 2016: view trends, analysis and statistics: Over 1000 market reports on the sport industry for UK and worldwide

    http://www.reportlinker.com/market-report/Sport/5365/Sport?utm_source=adwords3&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Tourism&utm_adgroup=Sport&gclid=CKrM9J-Y084CFdiZGwodZHMJCw

  • Sherdy

    Amateur athletics has been long gone!
    Back in 1959 in the Tour of the North cycle race (three days over Easter) the top team was the British Army (led by Ray Booty).
    According to the guys in the team, anyone in England who wanted to progress in bike racing (and other sports) joined the army, did absolutely no soldiering, but trained full time at their sport, and their equipment was bought for them.
    Professional in everything but name!

  • chrisjones2

    And to pour petrol on the flames the EU seems bent on insisting that the Executive apply water charges or we will be in breach of EU Directives and they will have to spank us

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37160194

    Given SFs stance in de South I look forward to their eulogising that Brexit means we can tell the EU to go and play with the big red buses.

    Freedom ….and the Commonwealth ……….it just gets better and better

  • Kevin Breslin

    Fiji in or out of the Commonwealth?

  • Declan Doyle

    While her Maj certainly deserves a medal for remaining calm as head of the most dysfunctional Royal Family in modern history, even she wouldn’t try to claim any credit for the Olympic successes of Team UK…sorry, I mean team GB. Forgot that Northern Ireland is not included in the British Olympic team.

  • Msiegnaro

    A silly jibe but the official name is Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland. My goodness will some people on here ever grow up?

  • murdockp

    you forgot her country of origin.Germany.

    changing her geneolgy might fool the British, but she will always be a saxe coburg gotha to me

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  • SeaanUiNeill

    My late father in law was an Olympic Judge who had competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was interesting over the years to hear him lament the steady decline of the genuine humanist amateur sports ethos which had inspired him before WWII. I’m glad, for his sake, he did not have to experience the honed commercial machine which has made this medal toll possible.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    And rather further down the actual line of direct succession than this man:

    http://www.jacobite.ca/kings/francis2.htm

  • Declan Doyle

    Not once during the entire Olympics did even one commentator even allude to this supposed full title.

  • chrisjones2

    Should be out after the coup …too unsettling for many member heads of state

  • chrisjones2

    I know…we are oppressed

  • chrisjones2

    You have an uncertain gasp on history. Try reading up on William II William III Victoria George IV

  • Skibo

    To a large extent but there is an element of professionalism when you take into account GPA.

  • Kevin Breslin

    We have a winner.

  • Skibo

    So official that the “and Northern Ireland” is not to be seen!
    They never did want us you know.

  • Skibo

    Terence it doesn’t change the fact that the whole ethos of the Olympics is gone. There are those who blackened it with drugs. Britain just bought it!

  • Jarl Ulfreksfjordr

    Do you apply the same standard to other second, third, etc generation descendants of immigrants?

    Are you a member of the BNP by any chance?

  • murdockp

    irony. Worth looking up what it means in the dictionary.

  • Mike the First

    Actually, it was rare, but they did at least once during the relays.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    ?????, Chris…….

    Is William II this boy:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_II_of_England

    or this boy:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_II,_German_Emperor

    Or one of these boys:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_II

    I won’t start on the others…………

  • Croiteir

    always have the glass of water available for the toast

  • Croiteir

    Was Fiji not the precedent?

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Something, Croiteir, I have done since first I donned a black tie in ernest! It’s even easier now one’s wine glass sits alongside the sparkling water glass, no need for the finger bowls of yesteryear. I get a lot of winks during toasts at such dinners from those who know me well…..

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