16% of Olympic Gold Medalists Cry on the Podium

But there's a big difference between male and female criers

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2012 5:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – After winning Olympic gold, who cries the most? The Wall Street Journal reviewed the evidence, watching footage of 129 London winners as they accepted their medal to find out:

  • One-quarter of women cry, while just 8% of men break down. (But, the Journal notes, many of the male criers "seriously lost it.")
  • Just 7% of Chinese winners cry, compared to 17% of US winners and a full 37.5% of British winners—who were, of course, bringing home gold while on home turf.

  • All in all, about 16% of gold-medal winners cried; 16% bit or kissed the medal.
  • Nearly half—44%—sang along to their national anthem; for China, this percentage rocketed up to 92%.

Great Britain's Katherine Copeland cries during the award ceremony for the lightweight women's rowing double sculls after winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Dominican Republic's gold medalist in the men's 400-meter hurdles final, Felix Sanchez is overcome by emotion on the podium.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The 'Wall Street Journal' compiles very weepy moments.   (YouTube)

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