A couple of weeks ago, when the Rio 2016 Olympics were about to begin, we wished for a memorable celebration, and, despite all the controversies and some lack of preparation, Rio delivered it. The closing celebration was another brilliant showcase of Brazil’s cultural wealth, and the Olympic flak was passed to Shinzo “Super Mario” Abe, the Japanese prime minister, marking the countdown for Tokyo 2020. Of course, let’s not forget about the Paralympics, next month!
As we promised, back in that post, we’re returning with another round up of interactive visualizations about this edition of the Olympic Games. Led by the likes of The New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post – all with multiple jaw-dropping projects -, you’ll find works from newsrooms, independent designers and developers, and some companies that took a ride in the Olympic wave, but came up with actually good visualizations. And, of course, more from the 2016 Olympic host, Brazil.
Hope you enjoy it!
Can You Beat Usain Bolt Out of the Blocks? | The New York Times
Usain Bolt and the Fastest Men in the World Since 1896 – on the Same Track | The New York Times
Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood | The New York Times
How Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold in the 200m| The Guardian
How Britain won gold and set a new world record in Olympics team pursuit | The Guardian
How Nafissatou Thiam beat the odds to claim the heptathlon gold in Rio | The Guardian
How Sun Yang caught up with Chad le Clos to claim gold in the 200m freestyle | The Guardian
How Fiji manhandled Team GB to claim first rugby sevens Olympic gold | The Guardian
How the US women’s gymnastics team swept to Olympic gold | The Guardian
Workday workouts | The Washington Post
1,000 times Gold | The Washington Post
Sizing up the Olympics | The Washington Post
Which Olympic Sport fits your body | The Washington Post
Want to win Olympic gold? | Vox
Armchair Olympian | The Wall Street Journal
(Via Flowing Data)
Olympic Games quizz | ABC
Who is your Olympic body match? | BBC
Olympic medals and results | MSN
Olympic sports | El Correo
Spain’s medals at Rio 2016 | El País
The 8 of Rio | Diário de Navarra
If Photography was an Olympic event | Le Temps
Which countries took the medals | Ouest France
Rio 2016: top searched Olympic sport by UK towns and cities | Google Trends
Alternative Medal count | Google Trends
Rio 2016 map | Fiasco Design
(Via Maps Mania)
The folks at Tableau have also put together a nice gallery with visualizations about the Olympics, produced by their community. You should explore it, so many great works in there.
The great spirit of the Olympics | Ashish Singh
Will anyone ever break the long-jump record? | Tom Christian
Women at the Summer Games | Florian Ramseger
The Fosbury flop | Rody Zakovich
Medal Masters | Lindsey Poulter
And from Brazil, we’d like to point out the work of Nexo, a new online only news portal that has been producing great visuals and videos. We leave you with some of those interactive graphics.
Which Olympic Sport combines with your body? | Nexo
Countries with most medals | Nexo
For who are we cheering in the Olympics? | Nexo
Olympics crosswords | Nexo
My Medal | O Globo
Five questions about Olympic Medalists | O Globo
All the Brazilian Olympic medals | O Globo
Olympic history in graphics | Estado de SP
Time to close this selection, but keep an eye on our daily blog updates for more data visualizations, maps and infographics.