Final tally: USA qualifies for 83.5% of possible Olympic spots

Qualifying for the Olympics is not an easy process. It’s not even easy to read about it. I’m tired, and I didn’t even get on a bike and try to rack up the points I needed to make it in omnium or whatever. (I also don’t live near a velodrome. I’m also old and unathletic.)

But the USA did a pretty good job getting spots in the 2012 Games. Some things are givens — no swimmer is going to make the U.S. team in the pool without beating the Olympic qualifying standard. Others are more difficult.

If you haven’t read the saga of how every single U.S. athlete qualified for the Games, please give it a look.

If you prefer things more easily summarized, check this table:

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As a housekeeping note: Now that I’ve done this, I’m diving back into the 2012 medal projections. Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha …

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6 Responses to Final tally: USA qualifies for 83.5% of possible Olympic spots

  1. mskenny says:

    I think you meant 2 0 0 for handball, if you’re saying USA didn’t qualify.

  2. Beau Dure says:

    Nah, it’s 2-0-2, but I may need to adjust the column headers somehow. It’s MAX – USA – NO USA.

    In other words, the third column is the amount the USA did NOT get.

    I’ll adjust.

  3. mskenny says:

    Gotcha. Thanks for the work to put this together!

  4. Nicky Charles says:


    Shouldn’t archery be 8-8-0, ie. 6 individual spots and 2 team spots? Also, isn’t the missing spot in the road race team in the men’s time trial rather than road race? Finally, doesn’t weightlifting have similar restrictions to taekwondo, ie. 15 gold medal events but a maximum of 10 competitors per NOC? Sorry I know I’m being pedantic!!

  5. Beau Dure says:

    Yep — you’re right on archery. I accidentally went with number of athletes rather than number of spots. I’ll fix it — thanks!

    You’re right on cycling, too. I wrote “one of two,” which is correct for the time trial, but then wrote “road race” instead.

    It looks like I did write 10 for weightlifting, so are you saying I should add more explanation? I’ll do that.

    Thanks! Love to get feedback.

  6. Nicky Charles says:

    Yep, spot on re the weightlifting and thanks for all the info!

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