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2022-02-23 | J++ Newsletter #126

Visualizing the Olympics

The Winter Olympics has come to an end and apart from a lot of athletes competing a lot of data visualisations came out of the event. 

Bloomberg kept track of who won the olympic medals with a minimalist but still readable world map and a deep dive into every single sport. We guess this is not the last time we'll see this world map, with countries represented by IOC codes.

Screenshot of the speedskating widget
German speed skater Claudia Pechstein competed in her eighth (!) Olympic Games in Beijing. Der Spiegel compared her 3 000 meter race to her previous ones. (German, paywall)
The also shared their code for the animation:

US figure skater Nathan Chen won the gold in Beijing and the The New York Times visualised his five successful quads in this Tweetfriendly format.

The Olympics, especially Winter Olympics, is unequal. Fivethirtyeight looked at which countries won medals from 1994 to 2018 and found that rich countries tend to win the medals.


Right now (February 22–24),the 15th Annual Knight Media Forum is going on online. You can join to listen in to the latest on media, democracy and society here:

JournalismAI will hold an open workshop on how to analyse women's representation in media, on Monday March the 7th:
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