So looking ahead through the next four years how will they fare on the podium at the Rio 2016 Games and what is the country doing to ensure they have a stellar performance on the medal table? We always see a host boost in medals - Spain almost matched their all-time medal haul to date at the 1992 Barcelona Games; Australia jumped up into the Top 10 for several Games in the build up and as a legacy to Sydney 2000; and even the much maligned (and gold-less) 1976 Games of Montreal proved to be Canada's largest medal haul to date since the 1932 Los Angeles Games.
While Brazil is not a traditional Olympic medal power, it has made improvements on that record. Starting with the 1996 Games in Atlanta, they have improved their score from their previous average of 0-3 medals prior to the 1980s and 4-8 average during the 1980s.
This table from Wikipedia shows their performance at the previous 4 Olympiads and currently in London (end of Day 12) they have 10 medals, one of them, a gold, that was the first ever in gymnastics in the country and Latin America.
Olympics | G | S | B | T | Rank
1996 Atlanta | 3 | 3 | 9 | 15 | 25
2000 Sydney | 0 | 6 | 6 | 12 | 53
2004 Athens | 5 | 2 | 3 | 10 | 16
2008 Beijing | 3 | 4 | 8 | 15 | 23
So what can we expect in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro plays host to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad?
Edited by Kenadian, 09 August 2012 - 02:10 AM.