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Winners of The Olympics


published on August 15, 2012 in Design

When opened the Olympics category, we announced our own version of the Olympic games, for infographics and data visualizations. Now that the olympics are over, let’s take a look at the winners.

Each graphic submitted in the Olympics category competed for a medal in the following categories:

There were some great submissions, and there were several close races. Here are the results:



What are Your Chances of Becoming a Summer Olympic Athlete? doesn’t tell a specific story, but it does connect directly with the individual story of practically everyone who reads it. We’ve all played in some sort of sports before, and it does a great job of showing us our own chances at Olympic glory.

What are Your Chances of Becoming a Summer Olympic Athlete?

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How to Set the World on Fire: The Logistics of Torching a Marathon is far from the prettiest of graphics, but it does tell the story of the Olympic flame through history.

How to Set the World on Fire: The Logistics of Torching a Marathon

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Men’s 100M Freestyle Records is another indirect story teller. With margins so slim, it hints at tense moments that seem to last an eternity during the event, despite only lasting seconds.


Data Wrangling

Hugo Sanchez’s London 2012 Olympic Venues Series takes the gold on this one. The data for the illustrations is all from architecture, involving spatial information, component counts, dimensions, colors, textures, and more.
Olympic Park
Aquatics Center
Basketball Arena
Copper Box
Olympic Stadium


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Power The Games Live has already been featured on the blog, because they do some amazing work on the backend to pull together all the data needed for their real-time power consumption visualization.

Olympics Medal Winners does a great job of showing different angles of a fairly complex dataset.

Olympics Medal winners

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Olympia may not be the most useful visualization, but it definitely is beautiful.

Olympia: An Interactive Visualization of Modern Olympics

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Team USA Hometown Map may look like a hairball, but it is an attractive hairball.

Team USA Hometown Map

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Ancient Olympics has some really beautiful hand illustrations. Its level of hand work is rare in infographics, but it certainly pulls it off well.



The Rising of Olympic Mountains was also featured here on the blog for it’s simplicity and comprehensiveness.

The Physics Of Olympic Bodies does a great job of highlighting how it takes all types to win an Olympic medal.

Every Ball Of The 2012 Summer Games has a really unique take on the games, showing the relative sizes of balls used in the sports.



Emoto 2012 takes interactivity to the extreme, by being based on tweets, users can both interact with and drive the visualization.

Where They Started uses cartograms, and although they may be questionable, they produce some really amazing transitions in an interactive piece.

Where They Started

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Interactive Medals Table shows a series of data in a table. Ordinarily this is not great, but they have made the table interactive, so you can drive a visualization of medals in different sports.

Interactive Medals Table - Olympic Games

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Congratulations to the winners!