A Contest from Laughton.org

Current Standings

Updated February 20, 2018, 11:01 US Eastern Time

1 312812 71
2 T 192026 65
2 T 191927 65
4 192023 62
5 241818 60
6 242015 59
7 361011 57
8 251712 54
9 222110 53
10 91528 52
11 191120 50
12 132013 46
13 T 21168 45
13 T 161415 45
15 2848 40
16 1917 36
17 T 2843 35
17 T 1889 35
17 T 19511 35
20 2536 34
21 T 1764 27
21 T 1575 27
23 1772 26
24 4615 25
25 5115 21
26 108 18

Medals Awarded in PyeongChang

Norway 11 10 8   Germany 11 7 5 Canada 8 5 6
Netherlands 6 5 3   France 5 4 4 United States 5 3 4
Sweden 4 3 0   Austria 4 2 4 South Korea 4 2 2
Japan 2 5 3   Switzerland 2 4 1 Italy 2 2 4
Czech Republic 1 2 3   Slovakia 1 2 0 Belarus 1 1 0
Great Britain 1 0 3   Poland 1 0 1 Ukraine 1 0 0
China 0 5 2   Olympic Athletes from Russia 0 3 8 Australia 0 2 1
Slovenia 0 1 0   Finland 0 0 3 Spain 0 0 2
Kazakhstan 0 0 1   Latvia 0 0 1 Liechtenstein 0 0 1

The Contestants

59
Norway11
United States5
Canada8
  24
Germany7
United States3
Norway10
South Korea2
Austria2
  20
United States4
Norway8
Canada6
Austria4
Switzerland1
  15
Tiebreaker:   01:12:19.2Received:   Jan 23, 09:40

45
United States5
Germany11
Norway11
Canada8
Sweden4
Finland0
Netherlands6
Italy2
France5
South Korea4
  16
United States3
Germany7
Norway10
Canada5
Austria2
Finland0
Netherlands5
Italy2
France4
South Korea2
  14
United States4
Germany5
Norway8
Austria4
Sweden0
Finland3
Netherlands3
Italy4
France4
South Korea2
  15
Tiebreaker:   01:06:45.5Received:   Jan 23, 10:08

65
Norway11
Netherlands6
Canada8
United States5
Germany11
  19
Norway10
Netherlands5
Canada5
United States3
Germany7
  20
Netherlands3
Norway8
Canada6
United States4
Germany5
  26
Tiebreaker:   01:12:16.4Received:   Jan 23, 10:37

27
United States5
Japan2
Spain0
Germany11
Canada8
Norway11
  15
Canada5
China5
France4
Netherlands5
Sweden3
  7
Austria4
New Zealand0
Italy4
Great Britain3
Jamaica0
South Korea2
Serbia0
  5
It just doesn't add up!
Tiebreaker:   01:08:17.2Received:   Jan 23, 11:11

26
United States5
Canada8
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
Germany11
Austria4
Norway11
Iceland0
  17
Canada5
China5
France4
Denmark0
Sweden3
Croatia0
Portugal0
Brazil0
  7
Austria4
New Zealand0
Italy4
Great Britain3
Finland3
South Korea2
Poland1
Australia1
  2
Fewer countries fewer duplicates?
Tiebreaker:   01:09:22.1Received:   Jan 23, 11:16

18
Thailand0
United States5
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
Philippines0
France5
Great Britain1
Germany11
Spain0
  0
China5
Brazil0
Italy2
Nigeria0
Iran0
Turkey0
Olympic Athletes from Russia3
Ukraine0
  10
India0
Pakistan0
Mexico0
Japan3
Kenya0
Germany5
South Africa0
Colombia0
  8
It's an honor just to be chosen to participate.
Tiebreaker:   01:19:39.6Received:   Jan 23, 11:21

60
Canada8
Norway11
United States5
  24
Canada5
Norway10
United States3
  18
Canada6
Norway8
United States4
  18
Tiebreaker:   01:23:45.6Received:   Jan 23, 12:27

40
United States5
Germany11
Canada8
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
Sweden4
  28
United States3
Olympic Athletes from Russia3
Netherlands5
Switzerland4
Canada5
  4
United States4
France4
Belarus0
Austria4
Norway8
  8
Tiebreaker:   01:14:06.4Received:   Jan 24, 18:06

34
Austria4
Norway11
Switzerland2
Canada8
United States5
Finland0
Germany11
Slovenia0
Netherlands6
Poland1
  25
Sweden3
China5
South Korea2
Finland0
Italy2
Canada5
Norway10
Austria2
Czech Republic2
Kazakhstan0
  3
Finland3
Canada6
Austria4
Norway8
North Korea0
Great Britain3
Ukraine0
Slovakia0
Olympic Athletes from Russia8
France4
  6
Tiebreaker:   01:17:48.3Received:   Jan 24, 21:23

62
United States5
Canada8
Germany11
Norway11
Great Britain1
China0
Switzerland2
South Korea4
  19
United States3
Canada5
Germany7
Norway10
China5
Austria2
South Korea2
  20
United States4
Canada6
Germany5
Norway8
Austria4
Switzerland1
Czech Republic3
  23
Tiebreaker:   01:18:27.2Received:   Jan 26, 22:37

35
Canada8
Switzerland2
China0
Austria4
United States5
Norway11
Jamaica0
Japan2
Kenya0
Nigeria0
  28
Czech Republic2
Finland0
Olympic Athletes from Russia3
United States3
Canada5
Switzerland4
China5
Slovakia2
Norway10
Sweden3
  4
United States4
Italy4
Croatia0
Kosovo0
Belarus0
Azerbaijan0
France4
Great Britain3
Greece0
Romania0
  3
Tiebreaker:   01:15:15.5Received:   Jan 31, 10:31

35
Austria4
Canada8
Switzerland2
United States5
  19
Canada5
United States3
Netherlands5
Austria2
  5
Austria4
United States4
Netherlands3
Norway8
  11
Tiebreaker:   01:20:05.0Received:   Feb 03, 18:02

21
Germany11
Poland1
Norway11
United States5
  5
Austria2
France4
Sweden3
Canada5
United States3
  11
Austria4
Germany5
France4
Norway8
United States4
Olympic Athletes from Russia8
  5
Tiebreaker:   01:20:05.0Received:   Feb 03, 18:08

45
Netherlands6
Norway11
Canada8
United States5
Germany11
Switzerland2
Belarus1
Austria4
South Korea4
China0
  21
United States3
South Korea2
France4
Italy2
Canada5
Czech Republic2
Sweden3
Germany7
  16
China2
Canada6
United States4
Finland3
France4
Estonia0
Sweden0
Czech Republic3
Ukraine0
Italy4
  8
Tiebreaker:   01:08:54.3Received:   Feb 04, 23:16

71
France5
Austria4
Switzerland2
Germany11
Netherlands6
United States5
Canada8
  31
Austria2
Canada5
Olympic Athletes from Russia3
Norway10
United States3
Germany7
France4
  28
France4
Canada6
Olympic Athletes from Russia8
Switzerland1
Norway8
United States4
Germany5
  12
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

65
Norway11
Canada8
United States5
Netherlands6
Germany11
Olympic Athletes from Russia0
  19
Norway10
Canada5
United States3
Austria2
France4
Netherlands5
  19
Norway8
Canada6
United States4
Netherlands3
Germany5
Switzerland1
  27
If only there were as many digits as snowflake forms.
Tiebreaker:   01:15:00.0Received:   Feb 06, 00:20

27
United States5
China0
Sweden4
Canada8
Germany11
Great Britain1
  17
Australia2
Finland0
Switzerland4
North Korea0
Lithuania0
  6
Thailand0
Azerbaijan0
France4
Puerto Rico0
South Africa0
  4
Tiebreaker:   01:21:11.4Received:   Feb 06, 08:53

36
Canada8
Great Britain1
Iceland0
Norway11
United States5
China0
Japan2
Sweden4
  19
Canada5
Great Britain0
Iceland0
United States3
Norway10
China5
Sweden3
Japan5
  0
Australia1
Canada6
Great Britain3
United States4
Iceland0
Norway8
Sweden0
China2
Italy4
Japan3
  17
Tiebreaker:   01:08:14.7Received:   Feb 06, 12:08

53
United States5
Germany11
South Korea4
Switzerland2
China0
  22
United States3
Germany7
South Korea2
Switzerland4
China5
  21
United States4
Germany5
South Korea2
Switzerland1
China2
  10
Tiebreaker:   01:15:33.4Received:   Feb 06, 17:45

25
Germany11
Austria4
United States5
Norway11
France5
China0
  4
China5
United States3
Canada5
South Korea2
North Korea0
Switzerland4
Sweden3
  6
Sweden0
Switzerland1
Argentina0
Canada6
Norway8
North Korea0
South Korea2
China2
  15
Tiebreaker:   01:11:09.0Received:   Feb 06, 19:56

35
Canada8
Germany11
France5
Italy2
Japan2
Netherlands6
Norway11
South Korea4
Switzerland2
United States5
  18
Belarus1
Canada5
Czech Republic2
Finland0
Germany7
Netherlands5
United States3
Olympic Athletes from Russia3
Poland0
South Korea2
  8
Australia1
China2
Germany5
France4
Japan3
Norway8
South Korea2
Ukraine0
United States4
Olympic Athletes from Russia8
  9
Tiebreaker:   01:20:14.7Received:   Feb 06, 20:21

46
Austria4
United States5
Germany11
Italy2
Slovenia0
Poland1
Norway11
Netherlands6
Australia0
South Korea4
  13
Canada5
United States3
Slovakia2
Norway10
Germany7
South Korea2
Austria2
Belarus1
Switzerland4
Estonia0
  20
Canada6
France4
Netherlands3
Slovakia0
Italy4
China2
Germany5
Great Britain3
United States4
Sweden0
  13
Tiebreaker:   01:13:03.0Received:   Feb 06, 20:52

54
United States5
Canada8
Netherlands6
Norway11
Austria4
China0
Slovakia1
Italy2
Portugal0
  25
United States3
Germany7
South Korea2
Slovenia1
China5
Denmark0
Switzerland4
France4
Belarus1
Norway10
  17
Germany5
Finland3
Sweden0
United States4
Georgia0
Great Britain3
Canada6
Switzerland1
Italy4
  12
Tiebreaker:   01:16:35.0Received:   Feb 06, 21:08

50
United States5
Italy2
Finland0
Sweden4
Switzerland2
Canada8
Norway11
Netherlands6
Germany11
Austria4
  19
United States3
Italy2
Finland0
Sweden3
Switzerland4
Canada5
Norway10
Netherlands5
Germany7
Austria2
  11
United States4
Italy4
Finland3
Sweden0
Switzerland1
Canada6
Norway8
Netherlands3
Germany5
Austria4
  20
Tiebreaker:   01:17:06.3Received:   Feb 06, 21:20

52
United States5
Norway11
Germany11
Austria4
  9
Great Britain0
Germany7
United States3
Norway10
Finland0
Canada5
  15
United States4
Germany5
Canada6
Japan3
Olympic Athletes from Russia8
South Korea2
  28
Tiebreaker:   01:09:54.3Received:   Feb 07, 12:54

57
Norway11
Canada8
United States5
Netherlands6
Switzerland2
Austria4
  36
Canada5
Sweden3
Germany7
Norway10
Japan5
Finland0
  10
United States4
Norway8
Netherlands3
France4
Sweden0
Italy4
  11
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

First prize is an artificial snow making kit from Amazing Toys. We've all heard the admonition not to eat yellow snow; don't eat the blue or pink stuff either, or you'll find out firsthand why they call it Sick Science.
Second prize is a robotic battery-operated reading light. "Robotic" means that it looks cool when the internal spring makes it unfold. Folding it up again is a manual operation that isn't nearly as cool or robotic. But then you get to open it again. Third prize is an LED flyer, a combination of battery-powered light and helicopter blades that goes up when you spin it and down when gravity decides that you've had quite enough fun. And then the battery eventually dies. Life is not fair.

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.