Originally Posted by m chappelow
Interesting to hear in the media that most of the gold medals were won by Yorkshire people and that if Yorkshire was a country in its own right (well it was when we were part of Danelaw and the Norwegiens ran us for a bit ) that we have won more medals in 2012 than Australia & South Africa combined .
I've heard similar claims for how well "Scotland" did in the games [7 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze from "Scottish" athletes]. There are some points worth noting though:
(1) Its seems that if it was a team sport (e.g. team cycling pursuit, 2 man canoe/rowing, etc) then we are counting it as a 'Scottish medal' even if only 1 person in the team was from Scotland. Without the other part of the teams such a medal could not have been won.
(2) Eligibility to compete for a country is not simply based on residence or birthplace, and therefore many individual Scots (or Yorkshiremen
ies?) might choses to compete for another part of the 'UK' if they thought it would aid their prospects.
(3) Yorkshire and Scotland are both known for being canny with their cash - which probably means not investing millions of government money during periods of economic difficulty, in sports for the elite few. As a result the athletes would never have received the coaching, equipment or funding to get to the very top of their game.