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RINGS THINGS
John Walters
September 25, 2000
A tape trove, and a site that calculates medals per capita
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September 25, 2000

Rings Things

A tape trove, and a site that calculates medals per capita

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Sekani, a media services company, is taking the concept of "Olympics on tape delay" to the ultimate. Seventeen days after the end of the Games, Sekani, in partnership with NBC, will release 16 videotapes of highlights, each from 60 to 80 minutes in duration. The objective is to provide hard-core Olympic fans with an in-depth look at the Games, especially at fringe sports. There will be sport-specific tapes, using digital footage from NBC cameras, on archery, boxing, cycling, equestrian, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, taekwondo, track and field, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. Sekani will also release a video highlighting women's sports as well as an Olympics commemorative cassette. Each tape will sell for $19.95; the set will cost $299. Log on to nbctapes.com or phone 1-888-458-FLAG for details.

Think you're seeing too many athletes from major nations ascending the medals stand? Log on to medaltally.com. This six-language site uses a simple formula—a nation's total medal tally times one million divided by the nation's population—to arrive at a medals-per-million figure, which medaltally.com asserts is "a much fairer way of interpreting the results." If that's true, the Olympic juggernaut of the last quarter century has been New Zealand, which has a population of 3,621,200. The Kiwis (who boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games) have finished among the top three in medals-per-million three times ('84, '88 and '92) and in the top 10 twice ('76, '96).

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