The Times has created an impressive infographic visualizing the modern Olympic results, in three events, during the 116 year history of the modern games. Visualized are the long jump, the 100m swimming freestyle, and the 100m dash. Each chart shows where past Olympians would stand at the time of the top competitors finish.
It is fascinating to see how much better, faster, and more determined we have become. Some of these accelerated results may stem from pure human achievement, and some may stem from advances in technology and evolution of the game in question, but whatever the reason these graphs are a reminder of the greatness we can achieve. All in all, it is a wonderful visualization.
[via The New York Times]
This year at the London 2012 Olympic Games when one of these clay discs is shot a pink powder bursts into the air. It is likely for entertainment and judging purposes but whatever the reason, it is absolutely gorgeous! The way the game is played, two throwing machines at different heights launch a series of targets in a specific order, some as singles and some as doubles, with the shooter having a fixed position between them. It is very enjoyable to watch! [via Eurosport]
I came across this video today from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It features some adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgis (my favorite dog) being carted around the traditional dog show stage by their fancily dressed owners. While I always feel like the dogs look really confused, I can’t help but watch them scurry along the floor over and over again. [via westminsterkennelclub.org]
The St. Pancras International Railway station houses this large scale reminder of the impending Olympic frenzy this summer will hold. The classic rings are a beautiful (yet temporary) addition to this completely restored and modernized station.