This week I’ve an Olympics related poll for you. I think I must be naturally pessimistic but when I saw the odds on Great Britain’s prospective gold medal counts I thought I’d stumbled onto a great bet. The bookies seem to think that GB (“Team GB” as the organisers love saying) will win around 22-23 gold medals. I couldn’t believe the figure was so high! Great Britain’s highest ever gold medal count was 19 in Beijing and the previous recent tallies were 19, 9, 11 and 1 in 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996 respectively. Now I know that these numbers shouldn’t be treated as recent form figures exactly, but they are the best guide we have and 22-23 just looked ridiculously over optimistic to my pessimistic eyes. I suppose home home advantage is an obvious reason the record could be broken – but does this really make the athletes try harder? A better reason would be that GB athletes are undeniably better funded these days. On the negative side, Stuart Pearce dropping David Beckham must have shaved at least 10 gold medals off the prospective total. Perhaps I ought to have run this poll a month ago because the odds have fallen slightly since I first noticed this. But this week’s question is: How many gold medals will Great Britain win at the 2012 Olympics?
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Congratulations to @TheClevelandBay for winning last week’s poll.