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%.
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