QuoteOriginally posted by: YuraI know a managing director at DE Shaw who is an international olimpead winnerNot very likely. He probably won a medal at the Olympiad.QuoteCurrent employees include winners of more than 20 International Math Olympiad medalsBut he did not win the Olympiad, nor is he any kind of champion.QuoteThe first International Mathematical Olympiad was held in Romania in 1959. Since then it has been held every year except 1980. About 90 countries send teams of (at most) six students each (plus one team leader, one deputy leader and observers). Teams are not officially recognized - all scores are given only to individual contestants. The total number of awarded medals is as close as possible to but not more than half the total number of contestants. The rule that at most half the contestants win a medal is sometimes broken if adhering to it causes the number of medals to deviate too much from half the number of contestants. This last happened in 2006 when the choice was to give either 188 or 253 of the 498 contestants a medal.3 students * 40 countries * 40 years *.5 = 2400 medal winners, and 0 champions. If 65 people got the exact same score, how hard can it be? Probably 40 people got the maximum score. I am guessing there are at least 5,000 medals out there, and 0 champions. If kids didn't win automatically, nobody would pay to send them, and the promoters would be out of business. Neither Shaw, nor the IMO, can make a living off geniuses. Next?
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