Great Britain had a great time at the Rio Olympics. Team GB came in second in the medal table – behind the United States and ahead of China – finishing with 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze medals. This has apparently very upsetting to the Chinese whose state run media has been complaining both about the failures of their own athletes and the spending of the Brits. Via the Telegraph:
State media previously labelled the Games as China’s “worst Olympic flop”, with official agency Xinhua Tweeting: “You’re kidding me? The country which has never finished above China is about to.”
And after Team GB heroically confirmed they had achieved that feat by finishing in second place, the Beijing News pointed to ‘media reports’ saying the UK invested as much as £387 million in its Olympic efforts.
“Simply speaking, the theory of ‘high investment produces high output’ also applies to the Olympics Games,” said the newspaper, which also blamed China’s fall on its athletes failing in disciplines it traditionally dominates, such as shooting, gymnastics and badminton.
And as great of a success as the Rio games were for Britain on the field, they were even better at home as the BBC experienced record television ratings and streaming numbers. The question is, will the BBC blame or thank their millennials for the record ratings?