A Contest from Laughton.org

Current Standings

Updated February 17, 2018, 20:01 US Eastern Time

1 241919 62
2 282111 60
3 T 301410 54
3 T 291213 54
5 221416 52
6 T 221313 48
6 T 28137 48
8 22817 47
9 211014 45
10 T 171710 44
10 T 25136 44
12 181510 43
13 111714 42
14 19147 40
15 19812 39
16 71219 38
17 71514 36
18 2357 35
19 T 1877 32
19 T 1796 32
21 228 30
22 1316 29
23 13411 28
24 1924 25
25 1462 22
26 511 16

Medals Awarded in PyeongChang

Germany 9 4 4   Norway 7 8 7 Netherlands 6 5 2
Canada 5 5 5   United States 5 2 2 Sweden 4 3 0
Austria 3 2 4   France 3 2 2 South Korea 3 0 2
Switzerland 2 4 1   Italy 2 1 3 Japan 1 5 3
Czech Republic 1 2 2   Slovakia 1 2 0 Belarus 1 1 0
Great Britain 1 0 3   Poland 1 0 0 China 0 4 1
Olympic Athletes from Russia 0 2 7   Australia 0 2 1 Slovenia 0 1 0
Finland 0 0 3   Spain 0 0 2 Kazakhstan 0 0 1
Liechtenstein 0 0 1

The Contestants

38
Norway7
United States5
Canada5
  7
Germany4
United States2
Norway8
South Korea0
Austria2
  12
United States2
Norway7
Canada5
Austria4
Switzerland1
  19
Tiebreaker:   01:12:19.2Received:   Jan 23, 09:40

48
United States5
Germany9
Norway7
Canada5
Sweden4
Finland0
Netherlands6
Italy2
France3
South Korea3
  28
United States2
Germany4
Norway8
Canada5
Austria2
Finland0
Netherlands5
Italy1
France2
South Korea0
  13
United States2
Germany4
Norway7
Austria4
Sweden0
Finland3
Netherlands2
Italy3
France2
South Korea2
  7
Tiebreaker:   01:06:45.5Received:   Jan 23, 10:08

52
Norway7
Netherlands6
Canada5
United States5
Germany9
  22
Norway8
Netherlands5
Canada5
United States2
Germany4
  14
Netherlands2
Norway7
Canada5
United States2
Germany4
  16
Tiebreaker:   01:12:16.4Received:   Jan 23, 10:37

32
United States5
Japan1
Spain0
Germany9
Canada5
Norway7
  17
Canada5
China4
France2
Netherlands5
Sweden3
  9
Austria4
New Zealand0
Italy3
Great Britain3
Jamaica0
South Korea2
Serbia0
  6
It just doesn't add up!
Tiebreaker:   01:08:17.2Received:   Jan 23, 11:11

40
United States5
Canada5
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
Germany9
Austria3
Norway7
Iceland0
  19
Canada5
China4
France2
Denmark0
Sweden3
Croatia0
Portugal0
Brazil0
  14
Austria4
New Zealand0
Italy3
Great Britain3
Finland3
South Korea2
Poland0
Australia1
  7
Fewer countries fewer duplicates?
Tiebreaker:   01:09:22.1Received:   Jan 23, 11:16

32
Thailand0
United States5
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
Philippines0
France3
Great Britain1
Germany9
Spain0
  18
China4
Brazil0
Italy1
Nigeria0
Iran0
Turkey0
Olympic Athletes from Russia2
Ukraine0
  7
India0
Pakistan0
Mexico0
Japan3
Kenya0
Germany4
South Africa0
Colombia0
  7
It's an honor just to be chosen to participate.
Tiebreaker:   01:19:39.6Received:   Jan 23, 11:21

36
Canada5
Norway7
United States5
  7
Canada5
Norway8
United States2
  15
Canada5
Norway7
United States2
  14
Tiebreaker:   01:23:45.6Received:   Jan 23, 12:27

28
United States5
Germany9
Canada5
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
Sweden4
  13
United States2
Olympic Athletes from Russia2
Netherlands5
Switzerland4
Canada5
  4
United States2
France2
Belarus0
Austria4
Norway7
  11
Tiebreaker:   01:14:06.4Received:   Jan 24, 18:06

60
Austria3
Norway7
Switzerland2
Canada5
United States5
Finland0
Germany9
Slovenia0
Netherlands6
Poland1
  28
Sweden3
China4
South Korea0
Finland0
Italy1
Canada5
Norway8
Austria2
Czech Republic2
Kazakhstan0
  21
Finland3
Canada5
Austria4
Norway7
North Korea0
Great Britain3
Ukraine0
Slovakia0
Olympic Athletes from Russia7
France2
  11
Tiebreaker:   01:17:48.3Received:   Jan 24, 21:23

48
United States5
Canada5
Germany9
Norway7
Great Britain1
China0
Switzerland2
South Korea3
  22
United States2
Canada5
Germany4
Norway8
China4
Austria2
South Korea0
  13
United States2
Canada5
Germany4
Norway7
Austria4
Switzerland1
Czech Republic2
  13
Tiebreaker:   01:18:27.2Received:   Jan 26, 22:37

29
Canada5
Switzerland2
China0
Austria3
United States5
Norway7
Jamaica0
Japan1
Kenya0
Nigeria0
  13
Czech Republic2
Finland0
Olympic Athletes from Russia2
United States2
Canada5
Switzerland4
China4
Slovakia2
Norway8
Sweden3
  16
United States2
Italy3
Croatia0
Kosovo0
Belarus0
Azerbaijan0
France2
Great Britain3
Greece0
Romania0
  0
Tiebreaker:   01:15:15.5Received:   Jan 31, 10:31

16
Austria3
Canada5
Switzerland2
United States5
  5
Canada5
United States2
Netherlands5
Austria2
  0
Austria4
United States2
Netherlands2
Norway7
  11
Tiebreaker:   01:20:05.0Received:   Feb 03, 18:02

30
Germany9
Poland1
Norway7
United States5
  22
Austria2
France2
Sweden3
Canada5
United States2
  8
Austria4
Germany4
France2
Norway7
United States2
Olympic Athletes from Russia7
  0
Tiebreaker:   01:20:05.0Received:   Feb 03, 18:08

44
Netherlands6
Norway7
Canada5
United States5
Germany9
Switzerland2
Belarus1
Austria3
South Korea3
China0
  25
United States2
South Korea0
France2
Italy1
Canada5
Czech Republic2
Sweden3
Germany4
  13
China1
Canada5
United States2
Finland3
France2
Estonia0
Sweden0
Czech Republic2
Ukraine0
Italy3
  6
Tiebreaker:   01:08:54.3Received:   Feb 04, 23:16

44
France3
Austria3
Switzerland2
Germany9
Netherlands6
United States5
Canada5
  17
Austria2
Canada5
Olympic Athletes from Russia2
Norway8
United States2
Germany4
France2
  17
France2
Canada5
Olympic Athletes from Russia7
Switzerland1
Norway7
United States2
Germany4
  10
The contest designer seems to have cracked every possible model for choosing the optimum country picks. Congratulations on messing up every probability scheme that originally seemed crystal clear.
Tiebreaker:   01:17:00.0Received:   Feb 05, 23:50

47
Norway7
Canada5
United States5
Netherlands6
Germany9
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
  22
Norway8
Canada5
United States2
Austria2
France2
Netherlands5
  8
Norway7
Canada5
United States2
Netherlands2
Germany4
Switzerland1
  17
If only there were as many digits as snowflake forms.
Tiebreaker:   01:15:00.0Received:   Feb 06, 00:20

22
United States5
China0
Sweden4
Canada5
Germany9
Great Britain1
  14
Australia2
Finland0
Switzerland4
North Korea0
Lithuania0
  6
Thailand0
Azerbaijan0
France2
Puerto Rico0
South Africa0
  2
Tiebreaker:   01:21:11.4Received:   Feb 06, 08:53

42
Canada5
Great Britain1
Iceland0
Norway7
United States5
China0
Japan1
Sweden4
  11
Canada5
Great Britain0
Iceland0
United States2
Norway8
China4
Sweden3
Japan5
  17
Australia1
Canada5
Great Britain3
United States2
Iceland0
Norway7
Sweden0
China1
Italy3
Japan3
  14
Tiebreaker:   01:08:14.7Received:   Feb 06, 12:08

25
United States5
Germany9
South Korea3
Switzerland2
China0
  19
United States2
Germany4
South Korea0
Switzerland4
China4
  2
United States2
Germany4
South Korea2
Switzerland1
China1
  4
Tiebreaker:   01:15:33.4Received:   Feb 06, 17:45

45
Germany9
Austria3
United States5
Norway7
France3
China0
  21
China4
United States2
Canada5
South Korea0
North Korea0
Switzerland4
Sweden3
  10
Sweden0
Switzerland1
Argentina0
Canada5
Norway7
North Korea0
South Korea2
China1
  14
Tiebreaker:   01:11:09.0Received:   Feb 06, 19:56

35
Canada5
Germany9
France3
Italy2
Japan1
Netherlands6
Norway7
South Korea3
Switzerland2
United States5
  23
Belarus1
Canada5
Czech Republic2
Finland0
Germany4
Netherlands5
United States2
Olympic Athletes from Russia2
Poland0
South Korea0
  5
Australia1
China1
Germany4
France2
Japan3
Norway7
South Korea2
Ukraine0
United States2
Olympic Athletes from Russia7
  7
Tiebreaker:   01:20:14.7Received:   Feb 06, 20:21

54
Austria3
United States5
Germany9
Italy2
Slovenia0
Poland1
Norway7
Netherlands6
Australia0
South Korea3
  30
Canada5
United States2
Slovakia2
Norway8
Germany4
South Korea0
Austria2
Belarus1
Switzerland4
Estonia0
  14
Canada5
France2
Netherlands2
Slovakia0
Italy3
China1
Germany4
Great Britain3
United States2
Sweden0
  10
Tiebreaker:   01:13:03.0Received:   Feb 06, 20:52

39
United States5
Canada5
Netherlands6
Norway7
Austria3
China0
Slovakia1
Italy2
Portugal0
  19
United States2
Germany4
South Korea0
Slovenia1
China4
Denmark0
Switzerland4
France2
Belarus1
Norway8
  8
Germany4
Finland3
Sweden0
United States2
Georgia0
Great Britain3
Canada5
Switzerland1
Italy3
  12
Tiebreaker:   01:16:35.0Received:   Feb 06, 21:08

54
United States5
Italy2
Finland0
Sweden4
Switzerland2
Canada5
Norway7
Netherlands6
Germany9
Austria3
  29
United States2
Italy1
Finland0
Sweden3
Switzerland4
Canada5
Norway8
Netherlands5
Germany4
Austria2
  12
United States2
Italy3
Finland3
Sweden0
Switzerland1
Canada5
Norway7
Netherlands2
Germany4
Austria4
  13
Tiebreaker:   01:17:06.3Received:   Feb 06, 21:20

62
United States5
Norway7
Germany9
Austria3
  24
Great Britain0
Germany4
United States2
Norway8
Finland0
Canada5
  19
United States2
Germany4
Canada5
Japan3
Olympic Athletes from Russia7
South Korea2
  19
Tiebreaker:   01:09:54.3Received:   Feb 07, 12:54

43
Norway7
Canada5
United States5
Netherlands6
Switzerland2
Austria3
  18
Canada5
Sweden3
Germany4
Norway8
Japan5
Finland0
  15
United States2
Norway7
Netherlands2
France2
Sweden0
Italy3
  10
Who but the Contest Manager would submit such an entry?
As a minion of Laughton.org he is ineligible to receive a prize, but he can still try to outscore you.
Tiebreaker:   01:26:29.6Received:   Feb 07, 23:59

 

The Contest

Bitcoin, Bytecoin, Lifecoin, ZCash, Etherium… where will the cryptocurrency craze end? The crack contest staff at Laughton.org can't answer this question, but they can tell you that the next step in cryptoeconomics is the CryptOlympiCoin, the valueless currency you can generate with your own Olympic-medal-driven device. While it may be valueless, the CryptOlympiCoin is not pointless: whoever generates the greatest number of them will win this contest!

How to Play

This is a fantasy sports competition, but with a twist. As in all contests at Laughton.org, instead of simply predicting winners, participants engage in a little mental prestidigitation by constructing an otherwise meaningless list to utilize an arbitrary and capricious scoring formula devised by the contest staff. Who wins any Olympic event is almost irrelevant; it's the distribution of medals that counts here. What, you know nothing about the likely winners in PyeongChang? No problem! Unlike other fantasy sports leagues in which familiarity with the athletes and events involved is an advantage, expertise in Olympic Games is of little use in this contest. As always, a little knowledge of mathematics and statistics can be a boon. The most important skill, of course, is an ability to predict the future. We hope you've been practicing!

Coins (as they will be called from now on to stop our spell-checker's screaming) are generated from Olympic medals. You will choose a group of as many as ten countries from which to collect gold medals, another group from which to collect silver, and a third for bronze. The same country may appear in more than one group. As the Olympic Games progress, you'll generate one Coin for each medal earned by any of your countries. Whoever generates the most Coins wins!

What's the catch?

Ah, if you're asking this question, you must have entered one of our contests before! Yes, there's a catch, and it's in the last digit of each country's medal count. Your tally of Coins will grow relentlessly as if there's no limit, one for each medal, until the wrong number turns up in your account. Within a group - gold, silver, or bronze - if the last digit of a country's count matches the last digit of another country's, your Coin bubble bursts! You get no Coins at all for country counts whose last digits match. The following example illustrates the scoring formula:

Player Name:   Gene Eric
GoldSilverBronze
Norway
USA
Great Britain
Austria
Switzerland
Germany
France
China
Japan
Canada
9
11
14
6
7
12
3
5
8
10
USA
Great Britain
Austria
Switzerland
Sweden
Finland
15
2
5
11
6
4
USA
France
Italy
Finland
Czech Republic
Australia
19
16
16
9
5
6
Total:85 Total:23 Total:5
CryptOlympiCoins generated:   113

The columns above show which countries Gene Eric chose for his gold, silver, and bronze groups and the number of these medals each country earned. Miraculously, all of the tallies in the gold column end in different digits, so all of the gold medals generate Coins. In the silver column, however, the final digits matched for USA and Austria; for both of these countries no Coins were generated. The bronze column shows many matches, cancelling any Coin output for all countries involved. Numbers that have been cancelled are shown in red; they count as zeroes toward the Coin total. Note that counts in one column have no effect on the counts in another. Selecting the same country more than once in a single column guarantees a match, so while the Official Entry Form allows it, we don't recommend making such selections.

There's no requirement to fill each group with ten countries. On the contrary (and at Laughton.org we love being contrary), you may choose only one country in each group and guarantee that you will generate Coins for each medal earned. Of course, you could increase your potential Coin total by adding another country or two, but you risk losing them with a matching digit. But adding just one more country... surely that won't hurt, will it? How much risk will you take in pursuit of greater gains?

Use the Official Entry Form to construct your CryptOlympiCoin generator. Once you've submitted your entry, the Laughton.org contest staff will do the rest: they'll update this page regularly with the latest scores and standings during the Olympic Games, and at the end they'll declare the winner and award a prize.

Ties

In addition to selecting countries and medals, each player will provide a prediction for the winning time of the Women's 30 km Mass Start Classic Cross-Country Ski event. In the event of a tie in Coin totals, the winner will be the player whose prediction is closest to the winning time of this event, regardless of whether the prediction is higher or lower than the official result. In the highly improbable event that a tie remains after the tiebreaker is considered, the player whose entry was received earlier by Laughton.org will be the winner. The Official Entry Form provides fields for specifying hours, minutes, seconds, and tenths of seconds. To assist you in making your prediction, here are the winning times of recent Olympic Women's 30 km Mass Start races:

  • 2014   1:11:05.2
  • 2010   1:30:33.7
  • 2006   1:22:25.4

Prizes

The winner will receive a prize of nominal value, something someone on the Contest Staff picked up during his travels. The travels may only have been to a local clearance sale, or perhaps a virtual journey via the internet. In any case, it will be something worth hardly more than a CryptOlympiCoin, but you are playing for glory, not for loot. If there are many entries, second- and third-place prizes may also be awarded. The prize(s) will be announced sometime during the competition.

Entry Details

Use the Official Entry Form below to submit your entry no later than midnight (US Eastern Time) on February 7, 2018. No late entries will be accepted. Your e-mail address will be the unique identifier for your entry. It will only be used to contact you to confirm acceptance of your entry, to notify you if your entry is rejected, or to contact you regarding prize delivery should you be so luckyskillful. It will not appear anywhere on this website or be used for any other purpose. If you want to change your entry after submitting it, simply submit another using the same address; the new entry will overwrite the previous one as long as it is submitted before the deadline.

Only one entry per e-mail address will be accepted. If you have more than one address, you may submit an entry from each.

The Official Entry Form provides fields for 10 country names in each of the gold, silver, and bronze groups. Each field contains a menu with all countries known to be participating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics as of January 22, 2018. The menus will not be updated even if a country should join or leave the competition late. Seriously, this contest has been delayed enough while various committees debated who would be competing and who wouldn't.

It's still unclear how the medals will be tallied if a joint team from North and South Korea wins one: will each country get a half-medal? Such an award is unlikely, but if it happens, the scoring formula will be strictly applied: in a medal count of 1.5 (or any other including a half-medal), the final digit is 5 and will match a count of 5, 15, 25, etc.

Only an address, player name, country selections, and a tiebreaker prediction are required to enter. However, the contest staff encourages contestants to provide some comments. Perhaps you'd like to describe the construction or history of your Coin generator. Do you view it as an infernal machine or an instrument of joy? Perhaps you'd like to share your views on cryptocurrencies, the Olympics, or any other relevant topic. But don't ramble endlessly; at about the 200-word mark the contest staff tends to start cutting. Furthermore, racist, sexist, or otherwise scurrilous comments are prohibited. Laughton.org is a family-friendly site, so we cannot go into detail here about what happens when someone submits offensive comments, but we can assure you that such players do not win contests at Laughton.org.

A roster of players and their entry details will be posted on this page before the opening ceremonies begin in PyeongChang February 9, 2018 (some competition begins on February 8, which is the reason for the February 7 entry deadline). Scores and standings will be posted on this page and updated frequently during the Olympic competition. Only the final tally will count for winning prizes and acquiring the eternal bragging rights associated with victory in a contest at Laughton.org, but intermediate results may confer some fleeting opportunities for one-upmanship at your local watering hole or handheld-device charging station.

Official Entry Form

Your e-mail address:  

Your name as you want it to appear on the player roster (max 32 characters):  

 

Your country picks (you may leave as many fields blank as you want):

 

Tiebreaker:   hours   minutes   . seconds

 

Comments (optional):

The entry deadline was February 7, 2018.