Do Olympic Hosts Have a “Home-Field” Advantage?

My wife questioned in passing yesterday whether summer Olympic hosts have a home-field advantage; that is, do the hosts generally win more medals in their hosting year than in their non-hosting years? That a home-field advantage exists in many team sports is generally not disputed—see for example this excellent blog post by the Freakonomics team. But is this … Continue reading Do Olympic Hosts Have a “Home-Field” Advantage?

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