The Olympics are finally here and the web is awash with interactive graphics and visualisations.
Here are the ones it’s worth taking a second look at:
Dressed for a world record?
This is a must-view for swimming fans. The invention of slick, hi-tech bodysuits enabled a series of world records to be broken, but since the suits were banned in 2010 few records have been beaten. The Washington Post looks at the evolution of Olympic swimwear and tracks this against world records in each swimming discipline.
The Pursuit of Faster
This interactive comes from the Visualising Data blog and allows you to explore how gold, silver and bronze medal times have changed in athletics, canoeing, swimming and rowing events since the first modern Olympic games in 1896. Delve deeper into the data with analysis and comparisons of each event.
London 2012: explore the Olympic Park in 3D
The Guardian’s 3D render of the Olympic park is colourful and easy to navigate and the further information on each venue is a nice touch. The full screen function makes the panoramic feature truly immersive.
How to Win
Ever wondered how Olympians master their sport? Well now you can explore exactly how it’s done in the New York Times’ ‘How to Win’ series, focusing on the 100m hurdles, the vault and the 400m relay race. This series includes video and audio interviews with coaches, slow motion replays and animated click and drag interactives focusing on each stage of the hurdles.
London 2012 Olympics infographic
From Time-Out comes this nicely designed infographic to celebrate the games packed full of interesting facts and figures about London 2012. The number of medal events and competitors sit alongside oddball stats such as the number of newts relocated and the number of meals served at the games.