I'm going to kick off this year's contest by pasting an edited version of @markr's rules from last year's contest.
An expanded explanation is available here:
Each country will be assigned a cost based on the 2/2/22 update at this site:
Countries that aren't listed cost 0.50.
Each contestant will receive a budget which is 343.5 for this Olympics.
Select as many countries as you wish without exceeding the budget.
You're not required to use your whole budget.
Scoring is the same as in past contests: gold=5, silver=3, bronze=1.
Ties will be broken in favor of the cheaper team.
Country costs are listed below.
One entry per person (you may be a proxy for friends).
Since we're announcing this so late, entries must be submitted before Friday, February 4 at 8:00pm US ET (GMT-5). That's before any of the post-Opening Ceremonies events begin on Saturday morning in Beijing.
Please let me know about any errors in my data or if I've inadvertently set this up differently from the past couple of contests.
United States 64
South Korea 21
New Zealand 15
Great Britain 13
Czech Republic 7