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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

US v peer nations 2005-2008


I found my spreadsheet that summarizes US wins-losses against peer nations for each of the individual qualifying races at World Champs from 2005-2008.*

A few things you might notice:

The worst record was in Japan. That was also the smallest number of head-to-head match ups. Most peer nations sent fewer runners to Japan than normal. Just a guess, those who went tended to be a bit stronger.

The best record was in Ukraine. With just a quick glance at the 2007 results, what stands out is good records against Japan (11-3) and Canada (12-6).

The record from 2008 (28-60) is the second best of the 4 results. But, as a fan following the WOC, it didn't feel like that. It felt a bit disappointing. It felt like the team could have - even should have - done better.

It looks like the long qualifying races have been the discipline where the US tends to do best against the peer nations.

*I haven't done any "QA" on the data entry.

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posted by Michael | 8:50 PM


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