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Champions Made Here? London Olympics - UCLA's Worst in 30 Years

Bumped. This is shaping up to be the worst Olympiad for UCLA Athletics in about 30 years. Not a coincidence that this is happening at a time when UCLA is led by the worst athletic director in the country. - BN Eds.

So, we all know how much Chianti likes to discuss those Olympic sports in his "blog."

With the Olympics going on in London, I thought I'd take a slightly different look at just how well those programs are doing.

But, the question is "How do we measure it?" Some might say "National Championships are the best way." Others might have other thoughts.

My thought was to examine how well Bruin Olympians have done BC and RG -- "Before Chianti" and "Reign of Guerrerror" because one of the stats I've always been proud of is the "If UCLA were a country". I looked at the number of medals won as reported by UCLABruins.com and ranked UCLA for each Olympiad based on the medals tables at Wikipedia. Golds take predominance, then silver and finally bronze. Each country is ranked based first on the number of gold medals. Only if there is a tie is silver looked at and only if there is still a tie is bronze looked at. Team medals only count once.

Given that criteria, in the 3 Olympiads BC (92. 96 and 00), if UCLA were a country, it would have ranked 10th, 7th and 14th respectively. That gives us an average of 10.33 for those 3 Olympiads.

Now, let's look at the Olympiads RG....

If UCLA were a country, it would have ranked 15th in 2004 and 13th in 2008.

After 11 of 17 days of the XXX Olympiad, UCLA has exactly one silver medal: Mark Hunter (GBR) for Rowing. He was an assistant coach for women's rowing at UCLA. Congratulations to Mark for being the only Bruin medalist so far.

To be fair, numerous Bruins do still have an opportunity to bring home the gold (and some surely will), but, at this point, UCLA is tied for 49th in this year's medal count.

That gives Chianti an average of 25.667, which, again, raises the question:

How can we continue to use the tag line "Champions Made Here"?

Exactly what champions?

Fire Dan Guerrero. NOW.

I will update this as the London Games continue.

UPDATE: The UCLA Medal Count for 2012 now stands at 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze, counting team sports as 1 medal total. The three golds were won by the US Men's Basketball team (with 2 athletes), the US Women's Soccer team (with 2 athletes and 1 coach) and the US Women's Water Polo team (with 2 athletes and 1 coach). The UCLA Medal Count would now rank 24th if UCLA were a country.

This raises the COMA (Chianti Olympiad Medal-count Average) to 17.33, still a huge dropoff from the BC average of 10.33 from 1988-96, on the final day of the Games.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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