I have called this section Media because
that is the technically correct name for this group of categories. But I think
of them as surfaces and for convenience will refer to them as that, even though
I am fully aware that “In Water” cannot really be considered as a surface.
The reason I have grouped competitions
into these categories is that something very interesting appears when you do so.
If a sign is positively significant (i.e., there are more medallists of that
sign than would be expected by chance) for even one surface, then that sign is
not negatively significant for any surface.
And the converse works as well. If a
sign is negatively significant (i.e., there are less medallists of that sign
than would be expected by chance) for even one surface, then that sign is not
positively significant for any surface.
I’ll start with Aries which is a
positively significant sign.
Aries athletes have highly significantly
more medallists than expected for all competitions played on ice. This is not at
all surprising, considering how many Aries Ice Hockey medallists there are.
There are also significantly more Aries
athletes on the Snow, on the Range and on Water. This again is no surprise
because of the high number of Aries Nordic Skiing, Shooting and Rowing
medallists. Combining all competitions that take place on these surfaces gives a
probability for Aries of more than 1 in 300,000. This probability can be
increased slightly by adding in those competitions taking place on the Field and
also those on a Floor. For the purpose of showing Aries strengths, the chart
shows only those surfaces where they are significantly better than chance.
All Competitions occurring on Ice, Water, Ranges or Snow
Taurus is a negatively significant sign
and in fact the above chart showing Aries strengths also highlights Taurus
weaknesses. For Taurus athletes receive significantly less medals than chance
for these surfaces. This is mainly because they are significantly poorer for Ice
competitions, despite their female Ice Hockey players, and because they also
perform less well than average on Snow.
But their medal count is relatively
worse on Track and Floor competitions even than on Ice and Snow, so I have
combined all these to produce the next chart. The probability of Taurus athletes
receiving as few medals as this is nearly 1 in 1,000.
All Competitions on Tracks, Floors, Ice or Snow
As with Taurus, Gemini athletes also
receive significantly less medals than chance for surfaces on which Aries is
best. This time it is those competitions on Snow and on Ranges that have caused
this to happen. In particular, Gemini athletes seem to do particularly poorly in
the Alpine skiing competitions with a negative probability of more than 1 in 100
and so it is these skiing competitions I am showing below.
All Alpine, Freestyle, Cross Country and Nordic Combined
Cancer is not significantly better or
worse than expected by chance for any specific surface. In that respect, it
performs as expected in its role of a control sample.
It is a different story, however, for
these competitions which take place over more than one surface. This is the
weakness of certain Cancer athletes. The chart below shows this. Cancer is
highly significantly negative (almost 1 in 1,000).
All Equestrian Eventing and Modern Pentathlon
In a way, I regard this significance as
something of a joke played on me. This is because my Ph.D. thesis was on habitat
selection by crabs. It is certainly true that crabs are choosy about their
particular habitat. There is even one species that is called the coconut crab
because it cracks coconuts with its pincers to eat the contents. Some locals
even use them as guards for their coconut plantations!
There is a remarkable similarity in the
surfaces that cause Leo and Taurus to have significant negative differences.
They both highly significantly fewer medallists (over 1 in 500 in the case of
Leo) than expected on Floors, Pitches and Tracks. Lions and bulls are big beasts
and obviously do not appreciate being in enclosed spaces!
All Floor, Pitch and Track Competitions
The low number of Sagittarian medallists
has nothing to do with their performance on pitches and tracks. They actually
have a slightly higher than expected number of athletes for these surfaces. The
exact reason for the significantly low count will be shown under the Sagittarius
Virgo’s “weak” surfaces are quite
peculiar to Virgo. Looking back at previous charts in this section will show
that they do not perform particularly badly in any of them. However, for Field,
Arena, Trench and Ice competitions they are very highly significantly poorer
than expected by chance (probability greater than 1 in 350).
All Arena, Field, Ice and Trench Competitions
Like Gemini athletes, snow is the only
surface that Libran athletes score significantly poorly on. But unlike Gemini,
it is not skiing that lets them down. Instead, it is a set of competitions that
demand split second decision making. Now, anyone who knows anything about Libran
personality traits knows that Librans, because they like to balance things up,
take their time to come to a decision. Speed trials are not their thing and I
say that as a Libran and after careful consideration. The chart below
demonstrates this. Libran athletes are highly significantly below expected with
a 1 in 2,500 probability.
All Freestyle Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Luge
Scorpions are quite restricted in their
habitats and it seems like Scorpio medallists restrict themselves to certain
surfaces as well. Scorpios have significantly fewer medallists than expected in
competitions in water, on ice, on roads and in the boxing ring. Combining just
these four media gives a probability of 1 in over 500,000.
All Competitions on Ice, In Water, on Roads or in a Ring
When looking at Leo in this section, I
implied that the low number of medals won by Sagittarius in the chart was caused
by those competitions occurring on Floors. Actually, it is more specific than
that. It is the close contact sports of Judo and Wrestling where the medallists
are really lacking. It is significant at almost the 1 in 1,000 level.
All Judo and Wrestling Competitions
With Capricorn, we are back with the
positively significant signs and so it will stay with Aquarius and Pisces.
Capricorn athletes win significantly more medals than expected in the boxing
Ring, on Snow, across Country on the Golf course, (Golf was an Olympic sport in
1900 & 1904) and in the Air, (i.e., Diving and certain Gymnastics) . These
competitions, when combined, take them to over the 1 in 100,000 probability
All Air, Course, Cross-Country, Ring and Snow Competitions
Anything Capricorn can do, Aquarius can
do better seems to be the motif here. Although the significance level of
Capricorn above is impressive, by taking just those competitions occurring on
Courts, on Floors, on Ice and on Tracks, Aquarius manages a probability of over
1 in 2,000,000 and, by adding those competitions to those on Ranges, on Sand
(Beach Volleyball), over different surfaces and in Air, this probability goes up
to over 1 in 100,000,000.
All Competitions on Courts, Floors, Ice, Ranges, Tracks,
Sand in Air and over different surfaces
Pisces medallists are the best by far in water, and to a lesser extent on water,
they also score well at Shooting and in the boxing Ring. This is shown in the
chart below where Pisces is significant at about the 1 in 200,000 level.
All Competitions in or on Water, on a shooting Range or in
a boxing Ring