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Analysis of United States Olympic Medal

Author: Mitchel BergEric Fleming, Samuel Studinger, and Alec Tostenrud

1. Introduction

After the relatively poor performance of U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we found it a unique opportunity to look at the placement of U.S. in the Olympics over the years to determine if the country’s success has really been changing. To explore this opportunity, we used an Olympic reference dataset (https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/) that contained information on every athlete’s Olympic results including events participated in, medal placing, country represented, and place of birth.

2. Objective

The objectives of our analysis were:

  1. Determine whether the United States’ Olympic dominance has been declining in recent history
  2. Create a visual way to see a country’s success in the Olympic Games
  3. Explore results from an internal perspective within the United States

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