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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.

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.

Kirani James finished the 400m with a time of 43.76 seconds to earn a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games

Kirani James finished the 400m with a time of 43.76 seconds to earn a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games

Keshorn Walcott  placed  third, winning T&T's only medal, a bronze, in the Men's Javelin final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Keshorn Walcott placed third, winning T&T’s only medal, a bronze, in the Men’s Javelin final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 110m Hurdles Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Omar McLeod (JAM) of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Final – Men’s 110m Hurdles Final – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Omar McLeod (JAM) of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Kirani James finished the 400m with a time of 43.76 seconds to earn a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games

Kirani James finished the 400m with a time of 43.76 seconds to earn a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games

We are truly proud of all our Caribbean Athletes.

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