This activity encourages children to develop their skills in data analysis, and is designed to be accessible to primary pupils at Key Stage 2.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.


Going for Gold

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here are the top ten nations in the table of medal winners for the 2012 Olympic Games:

Position Flag Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 46 29 29 104
2 China 38 27 23 88
3 Great Britian 29 17 19 65
4 Russian Fed. 24 26 32 85
5 South Korea 13 8 7 28
6 Germany 11 19 14 44
7 France 11 11 12 34
8 Italy 8 9 11 28
9 Hungary 8 4 5 17
10 Australia 7 16 12 35


Is your own nation in the list?

If not find the data on the internet and compare it with the table.

How do you think the positions have been decided?

Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

How would this affect other results in the table?


Further information

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Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website, where you can also find thousands more mathematical resources including problems, investigations and games for all ages from 3 to 19.