Map of Olympic Medals in Bubble + Geographic Form

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Lee Byron, Amanda Cox and Matthew Ericson of the New York Times graphics department map Olympic medals starting from the first one hosted by the International Olympic Committee in 1896 up to the most recent one in Athens. It looks like someone has an affinity for the colliding ball effect. Not that that’s bad or anything.

The Encodings

Bubbles for each country are arranged geographically (or by rank) and sized by the number of medals that country won. Each continent has its own color. Shift the timeline to look at a different year, and click on a bubble to get a medal breakdown. The one thing that’s mysteriously missing is a play button to watch the map morph over time. I’m sure there’s a good reason why, but it seems like a natural next step. Although, I guess I can just hold down the arrow keys.

In any case, good stuff.

Is it just me, or is anyone else seeing home court advantage playing a role in medal count?

[Thanks, Max]

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