Who's Counting: Jobs, Health Care, and Twitter

If we factor in the fraction of the population devoted to the sport, or the money invested in the training programs, or the climate (not many lugers in Thailand or India), or any number of other factors, we can probably make a case for any of 10 different countries being the winner.

But, happily, it is individual athletes who get and deserve the medals, not countries.

John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia, is the author of the best-sellers, "Innumeracy" and "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper," as well as (just out in paperback) "Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up." His "Who's Counting?" column on ABCNews.com appears the first weekend of every month.

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