We've been hearing Olympic records rattled off for the past week, but it's hard to grasp just how great these athletes are performing. I mean, we know they're doing amazing things, but just how amazing? Kevin Quealy and Graham Roberts for The New York Times put it into perspective with two videos, one on the long jump and the other on the 100-meter sprint.
After I watched each, all I could think was, "Oh crap, that's good."
The videos frame distances and times in a way that's immediately relatable, such as a basketball court to show how far medals winners jumped or how far previous sprinters would be behind Usain Bolt. Smooth transitions move you through different perspectives and pauses give focus to the most notable athletes, and although each video covers a lot of information, you never feel disoriented. They cover the overall picture, down to the individual, and back again.
Good stuff. Give 'em a watch.