#7: Medal Table

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The next puzzle we’re going to take a look at is medal table. So in this one, we are not given that much information again. We have a list of places, a list of events, and these lovely emoji’s that represent medals of difference colors. We have gold, silver and bronze, and we don’t really have any other information about where to go from here. Now we recognize something about these cities, you may know or you may have found that all of them at some point have hosted the Olympic games. In particular, they hosted them in these years. Now at the time of this video being, recorded it’s 2018, which is going to matter in just a second. First though, the first thing we have a look at has Athens is apparently host of these games twice. They did it, the very first Olympic games in 1896, and they did it several years ago in 2004. But in 1896, there was no women’s individual foil fencing competition. Women did not actually complete in the Olympic Games in the first Olympic games, and so we know, or we can probably assume that we’re not talking about the 1896 games here, so we can exclude that. And similarly, because at the time of the recording of this video in 2018, the 2020 Tokyo games have not yet happened, although Tokyo will be hosting the games in 2020, and so we’re probably talking about the 1964 games. So what’s next from here? Well, maybe if we take a look at those Olympics, and who won with that medal in that event, we might get some more information. And so, we go through and we figure out that these are all the people that we’re talking about at the time. So for example, Clarence Newton won the men’s lightweight boxing bronze at the 1920s Olympics in Antwerp. That’s the second person there. That doesn’t really give us all that much information either. We still don’t have any sort of idea of want to do. Maybe if we take a look at the country that person represent at the time, that might be helpful. So we can add that information in as well. And this is where things sort of hearken back to the title of the puzzle, medal table. Also available, easy to find online are medal tables that represent basically how many medals of each type each country won at the Olympics in that year. And so for example, Finland won eight gold medals at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. And if we look at the name of the competitor there, which I’m not even going to attempt to pronounce, because I do not speak Finnish very well, we can figure out what the eighth letter of his name is, and that is a T. And there’s one other thing that I want to point out with this puzzle, and that is the third to last name there, Zholt Gyulay. As it turns out, depending on what source you use to find this info, or where you tried to look this up, we used Wikipedia, for example when writing the puzzle. You may also see it spelled with an I at the end, and that’s actually what we found on Wikipedia as well, and that’s sort of key in this puzzle as you’ll see. So apologies if this created any sort of unnecessary complication for you as you are working through it. And we can repeat this process for all of the nations and all of the athletes represented here. And so for example, Canada won three bronze medals, and so we’re going to look at the third letter of Clarence Newton’s name. Italy won 11 silver medals, and so we’re going look at the 11th letter of Giovanna Trillini’s name, and so on. And so, we can sort of isolate all of this information here. And we can even just remove the rest of the name and just focus on the letters, which gives us something that does not at all appear to be a word. And so the last step here, and the reason that we went through all the trouble of figuring out the year that those Olympics took place, is to sort these Olympics in order from oldest to newest. And if we do that, arranging and bringing the letters with them, we get athleticism, and that is the answer to this puzzle.