Red for Victory

NPR is reporting on a study from the University of Durham in England that suggests athletes wearing red in the Olympics win more often. Researchers apparently studied results across several sports and concluded that red wearers consistently won 55 percent of the time. 

Which brings up a few questions. What about athletes wearing partial red? Does the percentage of red in their uniforms versus other colors influence scores? What about in competitions where no team is wearing red exclusively, but more than one team has red in their uniforms? And, of course, couldn’t this all just be a statistical fluke? 

Maybe, maybe not. Red is, after all, the color of power.


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