While I still enjoy watching the Olympics, I’m still disappointed by the strong correlation between wealth and performance: for obvious reasons, the top performers are almost always the countries with the most money and resources. Thus, the majority of events end up being contested mostly by the same dozen or so countries that have the largest economics (albeit with some exceptions, such as Romania in gymnastics, Caribbean or African countries in running, etc).
It’d be interesting to see how all the countries in the world would perform if they had access to the same finances and infrastructure. It’s no surprise that America’s highly commercialized athletes often top the charts, as do China’s representatives, who have the investment of a large state to back them up. Imagine what the world’s mostly poor countries could do with just half of those resources. There’s a lot of untapped potential out there, and I think the games would be far more competitive and interesting.
Just a thought.