Michael Phelps race times since his first Olympics

Posted to Visualization  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

That Michael Phelps. He is a crazy man, in the best possible way. Derek Watkins and Larry Buchanan for the New York Times compare race times of young Michael Phelps against those of current Michael Phelps. The piece as a whole serves as a quick visual history of the legendary swimmer’s career, that we still get to watch more of (if I can figure out NBC’s broadcasting schedule, that is).

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