Los Angeles Times:
More athletes equate to more medal chances. And they’ll know the territory.
English sailors have years of experience with the winds off Weymouth. The soccer players are familiar with the pitches at various Olympic venues around the country.
Even the BMX racers have devoted considerable hours to training at the relatively new track in Olympic Park.
With subjectively scored events such as gymnastics, boxing and diving, there can be an additional advantage. Studying the last six Summer Olympics, Shibli found host nations excelled in sports that involved judges.
“If you have a crowd baying for a home boxer, and every time he throws a punch they are cheering like mad, every now and again, that may have an impact on the judges,” he said. “These small margins can make a difference.”
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