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Figure Skaters Spinning Gracefully

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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Oh, high speed photography… how you make this world a fascinating place. With the figure skating events almost completed for this Olympic season, it’s time to reflect on the beauty of the sport… with all its high speed twirling, spinning, throwing, and stopping. Yes, much like Beyonce’s much lauded dance pics from the Super Bowl, these images capture something beautiful happening at very high speed. [Read more...]

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Visual News Talks with The Sole US Olympic Men’s Alpine Snowboarder, Justin Reiter

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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The Olympic games are in their final week at Sochi and three of the five snowboarding events are complete. The jumps, rails and pipes are finished until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games…or just until the next Winter X-games. Now it’s time for the proper racing: Parallel Giant Slalom and Slalom. Alpine snowboarding is a sport that isn’t always as hyped up by the media because, well, it’s just not as cool to them as riders doing yolos and mctwists all over the place. [Read more...]

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How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more...]

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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more...]

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The Sochi Project: Documenting the Location Before the Games

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [Read more...]

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What if the Winter Olympics Were Happening in New York City?

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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What if instead of heading for Russia this year, the Winter Olympics were going down in good old New York City? After losing the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the New York Times has imagined what it would look like if the city hosted the snowy version of the games instead… right in downtown Manhattan. As it turns out, the games would probably command more resources than even the Big Apple could pull together. [Read more...]

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Mexico’s Olympic Ski Uniform is the Tightest Mariachi Suit You’ve Ever Seen

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to olympic uniforms, it’s hard to get more political than Germany’s or as wacky as the Norwegian curling team – but when it comes to downright cool, look no further than Mexico’s Olympic ski uniform. You’ve never seen a mariachi suit this tight before! [Read more...]

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Art of Performance: Famous Sports Moments Graphed

Friday 11.02.2012 , Posted by

The images you see here represent some of the best moments in sports history, while at the same time representing some of the best data visualization I’ve seen in a while. Not only do these graphics clearly and cleanly demonstrate the massive talent of the competitors in each varied sport, each also does it with a stylish and appropriate display for the data involved. For the information obsessed, these graphics truly prove that data can be beautiful. [Read more...]

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The First Modern Summer Olympics

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by

With the 2012 Olympic Games soon coming to a close, we thought it might be fun to share these blast from the past photos that were taken at the first modern Summer Olympics. We’ve come a long way since 1896 in technological advancements, civil liberties, and just about every aspect of life; the Olympic games are no exception. The first modern Olympics, known as Games of the I Olympiad were held in Athens, Greece from April 6th through 15th. As you can see the events were a total sausage fest since the French organizer, Pierre de Coubertin, believed the inclusion of women would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.” [Read more...]

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KT Tape Brightens the London Olympics

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by

Besides a ridiculous amount of neon on shoes, shorts, tops and jackets adorning the sinewy bodies of the world’s top athletes this year at the 2012 London Olympics, there’s also brightly colored tape decorating their bodies. It’s KT Tape, and it’s used to prevent injuries, and help the body recover from a hard day out on the training grounds or in the competition arenas. It’s applied to the lengths of their dense, rugged muscles to help aid aching joints, shin splints and tennis elbows. Olympic athletes from track and field stars, to soccer players and water polo swimmers have all been known to use it. [Read more...]

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