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Updated: February 5, 2013, 4:18 PM ET
By Courtenay Brown | Triathlete.com

Olympic medals are the metric of success for national triathlon programs. It's a bit of a cruel metric, especially at times when Lady Bad Luck spills oil on a corner of the bike course. Nonetheless, over the course of four Olympics, the folks who seem to be doing it right are Switzerland at four medals (two gold), Australia at five (one gold) and Great Britain -- if you grant bonus points for Alistair Brownlee being the first odds-on favorite to actually deliver a gold medal. 

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