In Celebration of Our Athletes: One Caribbean Olympic Performance
Every four years, the Caribbean region gets the opportunity to compete, by and large, on a level
playing field at the Summer Olympics. The Summer Olympics, which now boasts over 306 events, was originally based on the most basic forms of athletic competition: who runs the fastest, throws the furthest, jumps the highest and who is the strongest. This subsequently gives every participant and their respective countries a real chance to experience glory.
This most recently concluded edition, the Caribbean was well represented at the games with approximately 354 athletes from the 19 listed nations. And from these 354 athletes, the Caribbean celebrated a grand total of 27 medals with both Cuba and Jamaica leading the way with 11 each.
— Telegraph Data (@Telegraph_Data) August 21, 2016
In what might be the fairest representation of the Olympic medal count, Medal Per Capita has released a table that had the Caribbean nations of Grenada, The Bahamas and Jamaica coming in at 1, 2, 3 using the metrics of population size per medal. This clearly shows the collective range of talent in the islands and also, that instead of trading in a Caribbean passport and citizenship for one from the highest bidder – a normal occurrence of yesteryear – prospective athletes can stay home and still receive world-class training/coaching and also achieve their goal of getting an Olympic medal.