Race Summaries: Introduction

This is type of graphic that I hope to do on a semi-regular basis once the World Cup season gets rolling.  These easily fall into the “fun” rather than “serious” category.  If you hadn’t already guessed, I like making graphs.  So these entries will be race summaries, but in graph form.  They are fairly labor intensive (manually scraping PDF files for split times, push the data around and annotate it by hand, etc.) so I’m going to pick and choose when I do this, ideally focusing on races that are interesting for some reason.

Here’s an example using the Men’s Olympic Relay from the Vancouver Olympics (click for a larger version):

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5 Responses to “Race Summaries: Introduction”
  1. Mountainmums says:

    Not to be picky (well a bit ) but shouldn’t you include the Czech team ? Your graph suggests that France got the Bronze medal … And we didn’t :-(.

  2. joran says:

    my bad. wishful thinking on my part, I suppose. I was rooting for fra to medal too.

    • Mountainmums says:


    • Gerry says:

      Definitely fun.

      At the Olympics, every athlete in every race had a GPS tucked into his or her bib.

      Has anyone seen information from this system? This could be the source of some pretty good charts….

      • Joran says:

        This is a brilliant idea that I hadn’t thought of. I just need to get my hands on that data. I will start asking around with people I know, but if you have any contacts that you think might have access to that data, let me know!

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