Denmark punching above their weight in Olympic disciplines

A study indicates that the small Scandinavian nation is punching well above their weight in Olympic disciplines, winning more medals in relation to their population than any of their Scandinavian neighbours.
By Andreas Würtz Adamsen

Statistics Denmark has released a new study on the Danish performances at the World Championships of Olympic disciplines in 2019. The study looked at disciplines from the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics.

With 0.5 gold medals won per million inhabitants, Denmark was comfortably the best Nordic country beating out Norway. This year has already seen Denmark win medals, most recently two gold medals at the track cycling world championships.

Whether Danish athletes can improve even further in the future is hard to say. As Søren Simonsen, chef-de-mission at the Sports Confederation of Denmark, points out there is no quick fix but a rather long haul with several other factors:

“Elite sports are so much about the marginals and about form on the day of competition. There are so many factors to take into consideration,” Simonsen says.

The Sports Confederation of Denmark is due to announce the Danish ambitions for the upcoming Summer Olympics later this month.

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