As we all expected, the graphics team of the New York Times is throwing a personal show of visualizations that has been praised in leading sites and blogs. It’s almost one of those cases where the visualization becomes the news itself. The “One Race, Every Medalist Ever“, a 3D rendering and video of a race with every athlete ever to medal in the menâ€™s 100-meter sprint, has been referenced on a worldwide scale.
Iâ€™d love to take credit for the idea, but itâ€™s not new. The first time I ever saw the idea was in 2009, when my colleague Bill Marsh had a small piece in the Week in Review after Usain Bolt got a 9.58 in Berlin, setting the world record that still stands.
Read the full post, especially because it looks like there will be some follow-up soon, with “a couple other fun things from this piece”, according to Queal.