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Rio 2016: 40 more interactive visualizations

The second part of our list with memorable visualizations and interactive narratives about the Olympics

August 23, 2016

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

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Can You Beat Usain Bolt Out of the Blocks
(image: The New York Times)

Usain Bolt and the Fastest Men in the World Since 1896 – on the Same Track | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Usain Bolt and the Fastest Men in the World Since 1896
(image: The New York Times)

Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood
(image: The New York Times)

How Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold in the 200m| The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold in the 200m
(image: The Guardian)

How Britain won gold and set a new world record in Olympics team pursuit | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Britain won gold and set a new world record in Olympics team pursuit
(image: The Guardian)

How Nafissatou Thiam beat the odds to claim the heptathlon gold in Rio | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Nafissatou Thiam beat the odds to claim the heptathlon gold in Rio
(image: The Guardian)

How Sun Yang caught up with Chad le Clos to claim gold in the 200m freestyle | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Sun Yang caught up with Chad le Clos to claim gold in the 200m freestyle
(image: The Guardian)

How Fiji manhandled Team GB to claim first rugby sevens Olympic gold | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Fiji manhandled Team GB to claim first rugby sevens Olympic gold
(image: The Guardian)

How the US women’s gymnastics team swept to Olympic gold | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How the US women’s gymnastics team swept to Olympic gold
(image: The Guardian)

Workday workouts | The Washington Post

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Workday workouts
(image: The Washington Post)

1,000 times Gold | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 1,000 times Gold
(image: The Washington Post)

Sizing up the Olympics | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Sizing up the Olympics
(image: The Washington Post)

Which Olympic Sport fits your body | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Which Olympic Sport fits your body
(image: The Washington Post)

Want to win Olympic gold? | Vox

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Want to win Olympic gold?
(image: Vox)

Armchair Olympian | The Wall Street Journal

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Armchair Olympian
(image: The Wall Street Journal)

(Via Flowing Data)

Olympic Games quizz | ABC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Olympic Games quizz
(image: ABC)

Who is your Olympic body match? | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Who is your Olympic body match?
(image: BBC)

Olympic medals and results | MSN

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Olympic medals and results
(image: MSN)

Olympic sports | El Correo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Olympic sports
(image: El Correo)

Spain’s medals at Rio 2016 | El País

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Spain's medals at Rio 2016
(image: El País)

The 8 of Rio | Diário de Navarra

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The 8 of Rio
(image: Diário de Navarra)

If Photography was an Olympic event | Le Temps

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic If Photography was an Olympic event
(image: Le Temps)

Which countries took the medals | Ouest France

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Which countries took the medals
(image: Ouest France)

Rio 2016: top searched Olympic sport by UK towns and cities | Google Trends

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rio 2016: top searched Olympic sport by UK towns and cities
(image: Google Trends)

Alternative Medal count | Google Trends

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Alternative Medal count
(image: Google Trends)

Rio 2016 map | Fiasco Design

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rio 2016 map
(image: 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

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The great spirit of the Olympics
(image: Ashish Singh)

Will anyone ever break the long-jump record? | Tom Christian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Will anyone ever break the long-jump record?
(image: Tom Christian)

Women at the Summer Games | Florian Ramseger

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Women at the Summer Games
(image: Florian Ramseger)

The Fosbury flop | Rody Zakovich

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Fosbury flop
(image: Rody Zakovich)

Medal Masters | Lindsey Poulter

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Medal Masters
(image: 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

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Which Olympic Sport combines with your body?
(image: Nexo)

Countries with most medals | Nexo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Countries with most medals
(image: Nexo)

For who are we cheering in the Olympics? | Nexo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic For who are we cheering in the Olympics?
(image: Nexo)

Olympics crosswords | Nexo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Olympics crosswords
(image: Nexo)

My Medal | O Globo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic My Medal
(image: O Globo)

Five questions about Olympic Medalists | O Globo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Five questions about Olympic Medalists
(image: O Globo)

All the Brazilian Olympic medals | O Globo

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic All the Brazilian Olympic medals
(image: O Globo)

Olympic history in graphics | Estado de SP

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Olympic history in graphics
(image: Estado de SP)

 

Time to close this selection, but keep an eye on our daily blog updates for more data visualizations, maps and infographics.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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