Olympic analytics: Data scientists crunching numbers for Canada’s athletes

CALGARY — A group of credit risk assessors predicted Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak would win an Olympic medal in the women’s 100-metre butterfly in Rio. They said Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom would win gold in world-record time and she did.They were slightly off on the colour of Oleksiak’s medal. She won silver instead of the projected bronze.When Mark Merritt isn’t doing credit risk assessment for Canadian Tire, he and the half-dozen people on his team are analyzing data and building projection models for Canadian athletes.”We did forecast — and I’m going to boast here for a minute — we did forecast that Penny was going to win medals for Canada at the Olympic Games,” he told The Canadian Press from Oakville, Ont.”We predicted that Andre De Grasse was going to win medals. We didn’t think he was going to win three, nor…


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