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Old 07-19-2015, 10:04 AM   #1
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U.S. Team Takes First Place at International Mathematical Olympiad

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IMO scores are based on the number of points scored by individual team members on six problems. The problems are taken in sets of three in 4.5 hour sessions over two days. The U.S. team's combined score of 185 edged out the Chinese team's score of 181 and the Republic of Korea's third-place score of 161.

Members of the U.S. team included Ryan Alweiss, Allen Liu, Yang Liu, Shyam Narayanan, and David Stoner, all of whom were awarded gold medals, and Michael Kural, who earned a silver medal, just one point away from the gold. The last time the U.S. team took first place was in 1994.

Participants on the U.S. team were selected through a series of competitions organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), culminating with the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The six team members joined 48 of their peers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in June for three weeks of immersion in problem solving at MAA's Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). Established in 1974 to train the first U.S. team to the IMO, MOSP has expanded over the years and broadened its goals. MOSP is organized by the MAA, which sustains the program each year with the support of a number of donors including the Akamai Foundation and the Simons Foundation.

Po-Shen Loh, who is a member of the mathematics faculty at CMU, directs MOSP and leads the USA IMO team. Loh is excited about the success of the six students, and sees the success of the team as an outgrowth of the extended goals of the program. As quoted in an article posted this week on the Simons Foundation website, Loh notes that "the focus of our program should be to recognize that we have 54 of the most impactful high school students in terms of potential, and we should help them be successful long-term."

About the IMO: The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different host country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with seven countries participating. Today more than 100 countries from six continents participate.
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Historically we have been within the top 10 every year except 1 since we started participating.

https://www.imo-official.org/results.aspx
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By and large, I agree, but that has nothing to do with the op, lol
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America, fvck yeah!

Historically we have been within the top 10 every year except 1 since we started participating.
Im surprised the US doesn't take more firsts.
Ton of afterschool/extracurricular opportunites in terms of improving kids' math skills here at any level. Its cheap and talent/expertise is rewarded much more so than in most other countries. Talented kids/people are both encouraged to come here and remain here.

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Having seen how some people of other nationalities act, I disagree.
Americans (on average, in general) are not the most cultured people, but BY FAR NOT the least.
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Im surprised the US doesn't take more firsts.
Ton of afterschool/extracurricular opportunites in terms of improving kids' math skills here at any level. Its cheap and talent/expertise is rewarded much more so than in most other countries. Talented kids/people are both encouraged to come here and remain here.
We also have a lot of lazy people here too.

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Americans (on average, in general) are not the most cultured people, but BY FAR NOT the least.
I'm not sure how America could really have a culture though as we are comprised of many different cultures. That said, the rest of the world embraces and loves our sports, political leaders, founders, music, television, movies, traditions, cuisine, etc.
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US team was stacked with Asian kids. No other explanation for this news.
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edit: This year's problems - http://www.imo2015.org/files/2015-eng.pdf
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Picture of winning team in OP.
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Congrats to the outliers from the USA who beat the outliers from the other countries. This doesn't really say anything about any of the countries in general, however.
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US team was stacked with Asian kids. No other explanation for this news.

I see one Asian kid. The one on the far left is questionable. Maybe half?
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Figures. Even though I wasn't counting on them.

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We also have a lot of lazy people here too.
Yes, no doubt. But if you look at the team, its half comprised of first gen/second gen immigrants. These guys are repping the US because their/their parents' (who originally came here) talent and abilities matter here much more so than back at home. In a way US is pooling talent from all around the world through opportunities for immigrants.

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I'm not sure how America could really have a culture though as we are comprised of many different cultures. That said, the rest of the world embraces and loves our sports, political leaders, founders, music, television, movies, traditions, cuisine, etc.
Culture has many definitions and has many components, so in some parts (like art, customs) Americans/modern America are lacking (since the country was established only 3-4 centuries ago, and is comprised of many different cultures). But in terms of morals/etiquette I would say its fairly good.
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I'm surprised that certain countries (Germany/Japan) aren't consistently in the top 10 whereas countries like Russia and China are. Just goes to show that there's a lot more to being a world leader than mathematical abilities.
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I'm surprised that certain countries (Germany/Japan) aren't consistently in the top 10 whereas countries like Russia and China are. Just goes to show that there's a lot more to being a world leader than mathematical abilities.
While I agree with the bolded statement, economically China is a world leader at this point. It would be difficult for the average joe there to compete, but there are enough rich people who can put down money for extra training etc when they see their kid has talent.

As for Russia, Im just glad we got some talent remaining after the collapse of the USSR. Most, but not everything was destroyed in the 90s.
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I see one Asian kid. The one on the far left is questionable. Maybe half?
I see one Asian, one at least three quarters Asian, and one Indian.

That's more than enough to carry the three white dudes.

Also, fvckin mobile doesn't show the pic unless I click on it.
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edit: This year's problems - http://www.imo2015.org/files/2015-eng.pdf

Damn, those are some college level questions. In high school I would be shitting my pants at that
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