Alot of noise has been made about how the United States won a majority (20) of their Olympic medals in events that didn’t exist the last time the Winter Games were held in Canada (1988, Calgary). Hopefully this point has been thoroughly dismissed by sites such as FiveThirtyEight. However, another valid point can be raised that the United States didn’t truly dominate the 2010 games in the fashion they appeared to on NBC. In fact, that honor belongs to the sparsely populated country of Norway, which won a whopping 23 medals (and 9 golds) from a population of only 4.7 million people! By comparison, the United States won 37 medals (and 9 golds) from a much larger population base- 307 million.
Lucky for you, I have uploaded all of my data, compiled from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics web site and the CIA Fact Book, to IBM’s Many Eyes visualization site. It allowed me to create the following visualizations, and it allows me to open up my data to you readers. Feel free to edit it, modify it, add categories, or whatever, and let me know if you have created a new data set which I can link to from my site.
First up, I have plotted all of my categories on a world map. Depending on what option you select in the pulldown, you can see countries colored in by the number of medals of each type and overall they received. You can also take a look at my efficiency ratings, although the map format isn’t the best way to visualize this data:
My efficiency ratings go best in the form of a Bubble Chart, mostly because of the vast number of countries that medaled in the games. Here is what that chart looks like:
Note that you only have to click on the chart to interact with the data provided. Have fun, and if you create something, email me at pkamp3 (at) dqydj.com !!!