Fantasy Olympics

Brett Whitehead
July 8, 2012

know that this is not “cool” to say, but I love television. Many people around me boast about how nice it is not having TV or complain about how much Comcast charges, but in my individual opinion, cable television could cost twice as much and I wouldn’t bat an eye.

This makes the summer months so difficult, as there is nothing on television but garbage. All my favorite shows are stuck in repeats and all the new shows are crap. The Fall season feels like light years away, with nothing on to ease July weeknights and I just can’t watch Hunter Pence strike out with men on base for the 200th time.

Enter the 2012 Summer Olympics. Beginning July 27th and ending in late August, the Summer Olympics features thirty two (32) sports and countless individual events. Unfortunately, long gone are the days when American nationalism fueled my interest in obscure sporting events, so we here at have concocted a plan to keep even the most jaded American interested in the Olympic games. Here are the rules for Fantasy Olympics.

Statement of Purpose

The plan for Fantasy Olympics was hashed out during Friday Happy Hour between myself, my friend Neal Gee, a bartender at CR McAnalProbes, a man in his fifties, and two post-college drunk dudes. Over a few $2.00 Miller Light drafts, we yelled and screamed over each other suggesting our own plans of how the game would work. At the end of the day, it appeared painfully obvious that there are too many different variations on how to play. To put the present model in context, it is based on the following goals.

  1. Anyone can play. Participation in this fantasy Olympics does not require you to know individual athletes, as instead each pick is made by country. This will allow all walks of life to enjoy fantasy Olympics, as I find that the Olympics are enjoyed by sports and non-sports fans alike.
  2. Scoring is basic and easy. As referenced later in this article, each pick is equally weighted and based on the overall sport as opposed to the individual event.
  3. Drafting can be done over email and without additional computer assistance. The draft is picked in consecutive order over teams auctioning for different countries and events. Since few, if any websites, offer fantasy Olympics, the drafting will have to be done without the help of a website.
  4. American is not the only country with a rooting interest. Each country can only be picked a limited amount of time to keep interest across the board.


Fantasy Olympics should be drafted in snake draft fashion. This means that if there are hypothetically 10 players in the league, the drafting order goes from 1 through 10, and then 10 through 1 and then back 1 though 10.

Each player drafts a country, a gender and an event. For example, a player could pick German Men’s Archery. A player may only pick a country once for men and women. Mixed events cannot be picked individually, but the tally from those events goes to both genders. Equestrian, the only event where all events are mixed, can still be picked by country.


Each pick will be scored by the medal that is received. Gold receives 7 points, Silver receives 3 points, Bronze receives 1 point.

Events where there is one tournament for men and women are easy to score. The medal you receive is your point total.

The difficulty arises with sports that have multiple events. After much discussion, the point totals for multiple events are determined as follows. Before final point totals are awarded, each country is given a point total for the cumulative amount of medals earned in that sport. Every gold receives 7 points, silver 3 points, and bronze 1 point. The final point totals are then determined by the cumulative point totals at the end of the event. If there is a tie between countries, the points are awarded to the team that has the most cumulative medals in that event, then to the team with the most gold medals, then to the most silver medals, and then to the most bronze medals. If a tie-breaker cannot be reached by these means, the points are given to the country with the most medals overall, then to the most gold medals, etc. Further tie-breakers will be decided by a footrace between the two competing teams. Seems only fair.

Here is an example. There are nine events in Men’s Cycling. I decide to pick Italy, due to my profound respect on Italian cycling superstar, Fausto Coppi. Coppi, and the rest of his teammates earn 5 gold medals, and one bronze medal. Ray picks Belgium, based on his irrational fandom of Eddy “the Cannibal” Merckx. The Belgians receive 3 gold medals, 2 silvers and a bronze. Jessie D choose France, on the hopes that Daniel Morelon continues his reputation as “King of the Track.” France receives 1 gold medal and 4 silver medals. The scoring would be as follows:

The system seeks to weigh the value of the performance without putting too much emphasis on gold medals, but while still evidencing the overall strength of that countries performance in the event. It also ensures that the sports with more individual events are not weighted more favorably over the team events. Each pick has equal scoring potential, therefore fulfilling the goals in the Statement of Purpose.

Size of the League

There is no limit to how many teams can be in a league. There are thirty two (32) events in the Olympics and only two events do not have categories for men and women. As the league size increases, it is suggested that the limit of picking one country essentially twice be raised to four times; however, there are enough events and countries to go around.

There should be 20 rounds of drafting, meaning that every team makes 20 picks. This also can be increased.


1. How do we know who to draft?

I don’t know which country is good at which events.

This question underestimates the power of the Internet. Google searches regarding history of each event reel in plenty of results, which should be able to easily assist draft day research. Also, it is assumed that the teams that do more research will be more successful. Please consider the following websites as introductory ways that should be able to provide even the laziest of competitor a frame of reference.

2. How do I score each event?

I usually use a website to score fantasy football for me.

Unfortunately, you will need one person to volunteer to provide all the scoring once the events are complete. Chin up, though. This is how fantasy sports were scored once upon a time and it added to the drama of the event. It will build character for the person scoring and the participants.

3. What if instead of drafting countries, you drafted individual athletes and then…

Let me stop you right there. You surely can draft individual athletes if you’d like; however, I know that I surely don’t know the best athletes in archery any more than I know the World’s best female boxers. The goal of this system was to make it user friendly so that anyone who knows the names of the world’s countries can play along. This system also ensures that Michael Phelps, who scored 8 gold medals last year, cannot win the league simply for the amount of events he competes in. Each pick is weighted evenly, which will prevent the scoring being skewed by overachievers.

4. How is Equestrian counted against the Country restriction that each Team must abide by?

Equestrian is the only sport where there is only mixed events. If a team drafts Equestrian by country, that team would then only be able to draft one other gender for that same country. The gender would, however, be of that player’s choosing. Therefore, if I choose the French equestrian team, then I may choose either a French womens team or a French men’s team in any other event.

5. Can I draft more than one country in one single event?


6. How do I know which countries are competing in each event?

Olympic qualifying ends July 8, 2012. At that point, the rosters will be set and the participating athletes will be determined.

7. What does the winner get?

Every team puts in $20. If there are more than five teams, second place gets their entry free reimbursed. The winner gets the rest. The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of the game.

8. What if there is a tie between the teams for most points at the end of the Olympics?

Foot race. Seems only fitting.


Below are the sports, along with the delineation of individual events for men and women. Brutalhorse will post the results of our fantasy Olympics draft, along with a summary of the results at the conclusion of the events. Good luck, Zimbabwian Badmitton!

  1. Archery – Men – 2 events; Women – 2 events
  2. Artistic Gymnastics – Men – 8 events; Women – 6 events
  3. Althletics – Men – 24 events; Women – 23 events
  4. Badminton – Men: – 2 events; Women: – 2 events; Mixed doubles – 1 event
  5. Basketball – Men – 1 Tournament; Women – 1 Tournament
  6. Beach Volleyballl – Men – 1 Tournament; Women – 1 Tournament
  7. Boxing – Men – 10 events; Women – 3 events
  8. Canoe/Kayake – Men – 11 events; Women – 5 events
  9. Cycling – Men – 9 events; Women – 9 events
  10. Diving – Men – 4 events; Women – 4 events
  11. Equestrian – All mixed – 6 events
  12. Fencing – Men – 5 events; Women – 5 events
  13. Field Hockey – Men – 1 tournament; Women – 1 tournament
  14. Football/Soccer – Men – 1 tournament; Women – 1 tournament
  15. Handball – Men – 1 tournament; Women – 1 tournament
  16. Judo – Men – 7 events; Women – 7 events
  17. Modern Pentathalon – Men – 1 event; Women’s – 1 event
  18. Rhythmic Gymnastics – Women – 2 events
  19. Rowing – Men – 8 events; Women – 8 events
  20. Sailing – Men – 6 events; Women – 4 events
  21. Shooting – Men – 9 events; Women – 6 events
  22. Swimming – Men – 17 events; Women – 17 events
  23. Synchronized Swimming – Women – 2 events
  24. Table Tennis – Men – 2 events; Women – 2 events
  25. Taekwondo – Men – 4 events; Women – 4 events
  26. Tennis – Men – 2 events; Women – 2 events
  27. Trampoline – Men – 2 events; Women – 2 events
  28. Triathlon – Men – 2 events; Women – 2 events
  29. Volleyball – Men – 1 tournament; Women – 1 tournament
  30. Water Polo – Men – 1 tournament; Women – 1 tournament
  31. Weightlifting – Men – 8 events; Women – 7 events
  32. Wrestling – Men – 14 events; Women – 4 events


  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Andorra
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Angola
  6. Algeria
  7. Argentina
  8. Armenia
  9. Aruba
  10. Australia?
  11. Austria
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Bahamas
  14. Bangladesh
  15. Barbados?
  16. Burundi
  17. Belgium
  18. Belize
  19. Benin
  20. Bermuda
  21. Bhutan
  22. Bolivia
  23. Bosnia-Herzegovina
  24. Bahrain
  25. Botswana?
  26. Belarus
  27. Brazil
  28. British Virgin Islands
  29. Bulgaria
  30. Burkina Faso
  31. Cameroon
  32. Cambodia
  33. Canada
  34. Cayman Islands
  35. Central African Republic
  36. Chad
  37. Chile
  38. China
  39. Taiwan
  40. Colombia
  41. Comoros
  42. Cape Verde
  43. Congo
  44. Cook Islands
  45. Costa Rica
  46. Cote-d´lvoire
  47. Croatia
  48. Cuba
  49. Cyprus
  50. Czech Republic?
  51. Denmark
  52. Djibouti
  53. Dominica
  54. Dominican Republic
  55. Ecuador?
  56. Egypt
  57. El Salvador
  58. Equatorial Guinea
  59. Eritrea
  60. Estonia?
  61. Ethiopia
  62. Fiji
  63. Finland
  64. France
  65. Gabon
  66. The Gambia
  67. Germany
  68. Ghana
  69. Great Britain
  70. Guinea-Bissau
  71. Georgia
  72. Greece
  73. Grenada
  74. Guam
  75. Guatemala?
  76. Guinea
  77. Guyana
  78. Haiti
  79. Honduras
  80. Hong Kong
  81. Hungary
  82. Iceland
  83. India
  84. Indonesia
  85. Iran
  86. Iraq
  87. Ireland
  88. Italy
  89. Israel
  90. Ivory Coast?
  91. Jamaica
  92. Japan
  93. Jordan
  94. Kazakhstan
  95. Kyrgyzstan
  96. Kenya
  97. South Korea
  98. North Korea
  99. Kuwait
  100. Laos
  101. Latvia
  102. Lebanon
  103. Lesotho
  104. Libya
  105. Lichtenstein
  106. Luxembourg
  107. Rep. of Macedonia
  108. Madagascar
  109. Malawi?
  110. Malaysia
  111. Moldova
  112. Marshall Islands
  113. Maldives
  114. Malta?
  115. Mali
  116. Mauritania
  117. Mauritius
  118. Mexico
  119. Micronesia
  120. Monaco
  121. Montenegro
  122. Mongolia
  123. Morocco
  124. Mozambique
  125. Myanmar
  126. Namibia
  127. Nauru
  128. Nepal
  129. Netherlands Antilles?
  130. Netherlands
  131. New Zealand
  132. Nicaragua
  133. Niger
  134. Norway
  135. Oman
  136. Pakistan
  137. Palau
  138. Panama
  139. Papua New Guinea
  140. Palestine
  141. Paraguay
  142. Peru
  143. Philippines
  144. Poland?
  145. Portugal
  146. Puerto Rico
  147. Qatar
  148. Rhodesia
  149. Romania?
  150. Rwanda
  151. Saint Lucia
  152. St. Vincent & Gr.
  153. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  154. Samoa
  155. American Samoa
  156. Western Samoa
  157. San Marino
  158. Sao Tome and Principe
  159. Saudi Arabia
  160. Seychelles
  161. Sierra Leone
  162. Senegal
  163. Slovenia
  164. Solomon Islands
  165. South Africa
  166. Sri Lanka
  167. Slovakia?
  168. Swaziland
  169. Serbia
  170. Singapore
  171. Spain
  172. Sudan?
  173. Surinam
  174. Syria
  175. Sweden
  176. Switzerland
  177. Tanzania
  178. Tonga
  179. Thailand
  180. Togo
  181. Trinidad & Tobago
  182. Tajikistan?
  183. Timor-Leste
  184. Turkmenistan
  185. Tunisia
  186. Turkey
  187. Tuvalu
  188. Uganda
  189. Ukraine
  190. United Arab Emirates
  191. U.S.A.
  192. US Virgin Islands
  193. Uruguay
  194. Uzbekistan
  195. Vanuatu
  196. Venezuela
  197. Vietnam
  198. Yemen
  199. Yugoslavia
  200. Zambia
  201. Zimbabwe
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