Phil and other commenters at Larvatus Prodeo bemoan the Medal Tally fixation of the media’s Olympic Games coverage. It doesn’t sit terribly well with Article 6 in Chapter 1 of the Olympic Charter, which states that “the Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries.”
I am sure the IOC will be its usual assertive self in ensuring the spirit of the Olympic Charter is not debauched by excessive nationalism or commercialism.
Update: I’ve just noticed the Sydney Morning Herald are so keen on medal tables, they’ve got an all-time medal table as well! (curious to see that a nation called Australia/New Zealand has won twelve medals over the years, and one called Australia/Great Britain which has won two. “Independent Olympic Particpants” have won three medals over the years as well.