Data Visualization Summer Olympics winners

Published on August 24th, 2016 | by Joshua New


Visualizing the Biggest Winners at the Olympics

The New York Times has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the rise and fall of national medal counts at every summer Olympic games, dating back to 1896. The visualizations compare national medal counts overall, as well as for individual sport categories, such as cycling, swimming, and gymnastics, and many include a brief analysis of the national makeup of medalists. The visualizations also reflect major political events that have influenced national medal counts, such as the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and the presence of the “Unified Team” comprised of athletes from former Soviet Union countries during the 1992 Olympics.

Take a look.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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