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
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(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%.

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Aug 8, 2012 1:42 PM CDT
oh wow now that i know this i can get on with the rest of my life! thank you newser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 8, 2012 1:31 PM CDT
American olympic medalists cry more frequently because of the taxes they have to pay on them to provide Sandra "the party favor" Fluke with free birth control.
Aug 8, 2012 12:07 PM CDT
Pretty much what I was going to say. Great minds etc... I meant this as a reply to Gallstone.