Who is the best sporting nation





  • Serious answer - probably Finland. Number of athletics medals and Winter Olympics.

    Non serious answer. Oh, so many...



  • @Victor-Meldrew said in Who is the best sporting nation:

    Serious answer - probably Finland. Number of athletics medals and Winter Olympics.

    Non serious answer. Oh, so many...

    Close. Norway is #1 per capita. USA #1 in total

    https://www.greatestsportingnation.com/per-capita-cup-2019



  • This is a great question this - so many variables depending on what your angle is.

    I would say USA outright, with Australia on a per-capita basis. At the moment, Britain would be giving it a crack on a per-capita basis as well.

    Although it's tough to give it to a country without a real competitive football team, given the magnitude of that sport. France, maybe?



  • @MajorRage yep, what sports do you use to rank, what events, per capita? success at multiple events or stages?



  • @taniwharugby said in Who is the best sporting nation:

    @MajorRage yep, what sports do you use to rank, what events, per capita? success at multiple events or stages?

    Yeah. Even if you look at best athletes it's subjective. Fastest = Jamaica, distance = Ethiopia / Kenya.



  • As far as collective sports are concerned France, undoubtedly. Soccer (1st team sport in the world) : world champions. Basket ball : recently beat the USA in the World Cup and finished third. Handball : several times World and Olympic Champions. Volley ball : World league champions in 2017.



  • Yeah France as much as it galls me (see what I did there?) when you add in rugby and tennis players to the above.



  • @MajorRage said in Who is the best sporting nation:

    Yeah. Even if you look at best athletes it's subjective. Fastest = Jamaica, distance = Ethiopia / Kenya.

    Fastest=Jamaica=(probably) most drugs



  • Is it England or GB for the purpose of this exercise? Either way, they probably under-perform given they can't dominate rugby, soccer or netball and have only had limited success over-all recently in cricket. Some really good patches in the Olympics but they've also been dire at the Games at times whilst also enduring really poor periods in some of the aforementioned sports as well. In individuals global sports such as tennis and golf how many majors have British (let alone just English) athletes won?



  • no idea, going to say one of the caribbean nations perhaps a trinidad and tobago?



  • well it is certainly not Scotland, can rule them out, curling and lawn bowls is about all they are good at

    Tricky one regarding the Olympics because England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not compete at the olympics



  • Maybe SPOOPS can help us decide



  • Sorry I probably did not get the full demographic there



  • 100% USA. I have no doubt they could dominate the global sports they don't play at a high level if they focused their vast resources (athletes/money etc) towards them.



  • Iceland would be up there on per head of population. Stupid amount of good crossfitters which apprently is the best athlete in the world. Strongman and powerlifting is massive there to. Think handball is alright to. Soccer team has been good of late. Population of 350k or so.



  • Jamaca go bloody well at athletics for a population of 2 and a half mill



  • Hard to go past the US with the mix of money and the collegiate system that produces thousands of amateur athletes who play sport at a bear professional level.



  • USA could absolutely dominate any sport they wanted to really. I'd hate to think how supremely talented their rugby team would be if that was their number 1 winter sport over there, nobody else would get a look in.



  • Probably a number of factors in this with culture, funding, education, politics, population all being important. NZ has done pretty bloody well when you consider the dominance of the AB's, Womans Rugby, Netball, Sailing, Rowing etc etc.

    I think any country that has a vested interest in a sport and then has the right funding and coaching can do well. Think of the Aussies in their cricket, AFL, League (Maybe not best example at the moment lol) and even Swimming.

    Look at what China have done with their Olympic Program.

    The USA obviously has an amazing sporting culture with all of their professional leagues, the college system etc.

    Canada with Curling 😉

    In the end it is hard to go past the USA as they have done well in so many different sporting events.


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