Romanians Sure Bet In Math Olympics

Here’s a math problem from the 37th Mathematical Olympiad: If the Romanian and U.S. teams both win four golds and two silvers, why does the Romanian team win the tournament?

Because of Ciprian Manolescu, whose perfect score in last week’s math tournament for teenagers gave the Romanian whiz kids a 187-185 edge over their U.S. counterparts.

Despite the narrow defeat for the six-member U.S. team, their showing was a vast improvement over last year’s 11th place. At the 1994 tournament in Hong Kong, the U.S. team accomplished a historic first when all six members attained perfect scores.

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