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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Some peer nations' relay history


I looked at the WorldofO.com WOC historic results for the peer nations to see how the nations had done in relays when the WOCs were in Norway (1978 and 1997). I also looked at 2004 - the most recent time the WOC took place in Scandinavian terrain.

I'm not going to bother typing the table into this post, but I thought I'd write my observations based on looking at the results:

The results are fairly stable. You don't see many results that look exceptional (maybe New Zealand's 13th and 9th places in the relays in 1997 are the exception).

All of the peer nations except Portugal participated in 1978. That's largely a reflection of how I define peer nations, but it still wasn't something I'd have known off hand. Did Belgium have a team in 1978? Yes. Did Japan? Yes....

Just as a reminder, the peer nations are Canada, USA, New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, Ireland, and Portugal. That order is roughly based on the combined results of the WOC relay results for 1978, 1997, and 2004 all lumped together.

Out of curiosity, I also looked at France and treated France as a member of the group. France fits in well in 1978 and 1997 (France is at the top of the group by 1997, but not really different from New Zealand). By 2004, France has results that no longer "belong" with the peer nation group.

Portugal fits in the list, but has some big differences from the other nations. In particular, Portugal has a much shorter history.

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posted by Michael | 8:38 AM


Canada's 15th in 1997 isn't exceptional?
I looked at all of the results of a nation. Canada's men had a strong 15th place, but it was offset a bit by the women's 20th (which isn't really a bad result, but doesn't stand out). New Zealand in 1997 caught my eye because of the men and women finishing 13th and 9th.

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