Where They Started redraws the UK map to show which counties have produced the UK’s Olympians over the decades.
A whole host of trends are visible on the map. Some aren’t very surprising – boxers tend to come from big cities, while sailors often hail from the coast. Others are less obvious, such a...
s Northern England being good at swimming, or South Wales being good at gymnastics.
Counties are scaled according to absolute numbers: the more athletes a county produces, the bigger it is.
Where They Started includes all the Olympians – around 4,000 in total – with data that extends back to the first “modern” Olympics in 1896.
The map was produced for Join In Local Sport by Kiln, with data provided by OlyMADMen.
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