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...]
In golf there are water features… and then there are water features. The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho has one of the very best. With its location on the northern end of beautiful lake Coeur d’Alene, it’s the perfect spot for the 18-hole courses most notable element – an artificial floating island that holds the 14th hole. [Read more...]
Growing up, basketball was my thing. I dreamed of supporting my family with my mediocre jump shot, my 5′ 8″ frame in the 4th grade and becoming an NBA All Star by the time I was 19. Sure enough, my growth spurt capped at 6′, I quit basketball junior year of high school, and any chance I had of averaging $5.15 million a year in the NBA was quickly sidelined (pun-intended).
The interactive piece lays teams out on axes of championships won and positions them against their number of years in existence. Much how Barry Petchesky of Deadspin puts it, “It’s good to be good, and it’s good to be old.”
Interestingly enough, the interactive graph shows just how many sports franchises cluster towards the bottom of the Y-axis, indicating an immense amount of sports teams who have won none or close to no championships.
Sports spaces are increasingly being used for multiple activities… one floor could be used for basketball, and an hour later used for a volleyball game. In an ever increasing effort to squeeze the most amount of use, function and cost efficiency out of our gym spaces one thing truly holds us back: painted lines. [Read more...]
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...]
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...]