EMERYVILLE, Calif .– A global data analytics company predicts Norway will once again lead the Olympic Winter Games medal table and Canada will finish fifth with 23 medals.
California-based Gracenote, which provides statistical analysis to sports leagues around the world, released medal projections for the February Olympics in Beijing on Wednesday.
Gracenote ranked Norway, Russia, Germany and the United States from first to fourth.
The company predicted another triumph for the Norwegians with 45 medals, including 22 gold.
Five gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals were scheduled for Canada in Beijing.
Gracenote won gold for the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams, mogul skier Mikael Kingsbury, snowboarder Max Parrot and speed skater Laurent Dubreuil, but expects Canada to be excluded from curling medals .
Norway topped the standings with 39 medals, including 14 gold, in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Canada placed third with 29, including 11 gold, behind Norway and Germany (31).
Canada finished ahead of the United States (23) in South Korea, but has yet to win more medals than the Americans in back-to-back Winter Games.
Gracenote was slightly more optimistic about Canada’s medal chances than 100 days of the Feb. 4 Opening Ceremonies.
The company expected 21 medals, including four gold, at this point.
Host China were expected to win eight medals, including four gold, in their own Winter Olympics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Asian competitors to forgo major international sporting events, Gracenote said, resulting in a lack of data.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2021.
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