Academic VS Sports – How Come US Win in IMO 2015 Wasn’t Celebrated? – Looking personally, both academic and athletic achievements are seen as equal. However, when it comes to the national scale, the former was often ignored as a grand achievement. In fact, the media coverage is often limited compared to athletic achievements despite the feats and efforts.
• What Is IMO and Why Should We Care?
If we are talking about the most prestigious math Olympics, the International Mathematical Olympiad is definitely the one. In fact, it is also one of the oldest math championships in the world. Starting in 1959 in Romania, this competition continuously held every year exception of 1980.
Apparently, most of the champions became one of the best mathematicians. That’s why this olympiad is considered to be the best of the best. Besides, Google €1 Million sponsors back in 2011 had made the competition to thrive even more ever since. So yes, aside to online poker and online slots in Sbobet, this game plays a huge amount of money too hypothetically.
• Did America Only Win in 2015?
According to Wikipedia, America actually in third place overall winner throughout the years of IMO. However, compared to the first and second-best (China and Russia) who almost won gold every year, America only won about once every decade. To be precise, The United States had won gold in 1977, 1981, 1986, 1994, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019.
Practically, before 2015, America did win IMO once in a blue moon. However, ever since 2015, America had been winning in the competition. In fact, all of their participants in 2016 and 2019 did win all-gold, not just gold from overall scores. Not to mention, ever since their win in 2015, The Atlantic mentioned that their national academic average in several areas began to be able to compete with powerhouses such as Finland and Japan.
• How Come It Wasn’t Celebrated As Great As Athletic Achievements?
This is the question that we are asking. Weirdly enough, the IMO win in 2015 was compared to the American hockey team in 1980 – better known as ‘Miracle on Ice’. And yet, most people don’t seem to be as proud of the achievement as how they are for the sports counterparts. It’s perhaps leaning on public interest – sports are seen as something entertaining, while academics are expected as something expected.
Some people may think it is strange to compare academic and athletic achievement. However, we can’t deny that both have competitions that require similar dedication though the aspects measured are different. Let’s not forget these academic superstars in the hype as well!