Visualization: Nation by Nation Summer Olympics Medal Count

Olympic_rings_without_rims.svgThe 31st Summer Olympics kick off this Friday, August 5 and run through Sunday, August 21. Over 10,000 athletes from 206 nations will compete with the Opening Ceremony kicking off the two-week festival of sport at Maracana stadium.

Alexandra Duke of Tableau Public created a visualization about the sports represented in the Summer Olympics since their creation. Click the picture below to see all medals won across every sport since the first modern day Olympics in 1896.


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In partnership with Reese’s, Lindsey Vonn showcases her Summer Olympic sports prowess

Between the Olympics, Copa América Centenario, and the Euros, this is the summer of international competitions and the best athletes in the world will represent their countries in front of millions of fans around the world. However there’s one group of elite athletes who couldn’t be further away from competing and representing their country: Winter Olympic athletes.

That’s why Reese’s has teamed up with Lindsey Vonn for their “Do Summer Like a Winter Olympian” campaign. With no competitions to prepare for, Vonn is partnering with Reese’s to bring her playful, humorous, and competitive spirit to some of summer’s traditional Olympic events including fencing, archery, dressage, sculling canoe, and rhythmic gymnastics.



Two  TV spots featuring Vonn will air on Tuesday, July 5th and Tuesday, July 19th – the first time in over a decade that the Reese’s brand is using live action advertising vs. animation.  The social content and TV spot will encourage fans to do summer #LikeAWinterOlympian.

Throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Vonn will interact with Reese’s fans on social media to provide commentary on key competitions, conduct interactive polls, respond to fans, and encourage them to join in on conversations around real-time trending topics.


Podcast of the Week: Leicester City – Against All Odds

Freakonomics Radio’s latest podcast, The Longest Long Shot examines Leicester City’s unpredictable run to the Premier League Championship. If you’re an avid EPL fan, then this podcast might not be for you. However, if you’re like most Americans and are still learning about the English Premier League, this episode is a must listen.

The podcast not only discusses Leicester City but also the structure of European football leagues, the promotion and relegation system, as well as why aside from Leicester City only five EPL teams have won the championship in the last twenty three years.

The podcast also spends time on a major difference between the EPL and American sports: the salary cap. Roger Bennett from Men In Blazers suggests that the EPL system is actually more American.

There is also a brief interview with a man who has bet on Leicester City to win the championship every year, except this season.

Host Stephen Dubner is joined by Roger Bennett as well as Stefan Szymanski, a professor of sport management at the University of Michigan and author of Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia—and Even Iraq—Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport. Solomon Dubner, Stephen’s son and self proclaimed soccer experts (“I’m top 500 to 1,000 Americans in football knowledge. Or at least for kids”), also makes an appearance.

You can listen to the podcast below or download it from wherever you get your podcasts.


Refugee Olympic Team athlete Yusra Mardini added to Team Visa Rio 2016

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA / TSBX NEWS – Visa announced the addition of Yusra Mardini to Team Visa Rio 2016. A competitive swimmer who grew up in Syria, Mardini’s journey to the Olympic Games took a turn one year ago when she fled to Greece with 20 others on a small inflatable dinghy. A few miles from the Grecian shore, the boat’s engine failed and Mardini and her sister, two of only three swimmers onboard, swam for three hours, pulling the boat to safety.

“I am honored to be joining Team Visa’s community of Olympic hopefuls on the road to Rio 2016,” said Yusra Mardini, 18, who now lives and trains in Germany with her family. “Since arriving in Berlin, I have been humbled by the warm welcome I’ve received from the swimming community and everyone associated with the Olympic Games. It means so much to me to have a partner that accepts me, includes me, and provides me with the same opportunities as other athletes competing in Rio.”

Since the program began in 2004, Team Visa has aimed to provide athletes with the tools, resources and support they need to reach their highest potential, regardless of origin or background. Olympic hopefuls representing Team Visa at Rio 2016 are selected based on their personal journeys to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, athletic achievements and community involvement. The Team Visa program connects Olympians, and those who follow the Olympic Games, to Visa’s values of acceptance, partnership and innovation.

“Our belief in the power of acceptance truly comes to life every two years through our Olympic partnership and the competitors that represent us at the Olympic Games,” said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer, Visa Inc. “Team Visa embodies our belief that everyone, regardless of background, should be given the ability to reach their highest potential. We’re thrilled to welcome Yusra and to invite additional refugee Olympic athletes to join Team Visa’s incredible community.”

“I’m am so inspired by Yusra’s story, and thrilled to welcome her to Team Visa,” said Ashton Eaton, reigning Olympic decathlon champion. “The Olympics is all about bringing people together, and I’m so proud to stand with Yusra and the other Team Visa athletes in a powerful display of what acceptance can really look like on the world stage.”

Visa stands with the International Olympic Committee in supporting refugee athletes who seek to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Mardini is the second refugee athlete to partner with Visa to date, following Raheleh Asemani (Belgium, Taekwondo), who joined Team Visa in April, and who is now a citizen of Belgium. Visa will extend its Team Visa support to additional refugee Olympic athletes in the weeks to come.

A diverse group of athletes welcomes Mardini to Team Visa, including: Ibtihaj Muhammad (USA, Fencing), the first Muslim American woman to compete at the Olympics in a hijab; Terezinha Guilhermina, (Brazil, Paralympic Athletics), the world’s fastest blind woman; Chen Long (China, Badminton) and Olga Kharlan (Ukraine, Fencing), both Olympic Bronze medalists and two-time World Champions in their respective sports.

Visa’s commitment to the Olympic Movement began in 1986, and includes sponsorship of all Olympic Games from 1988 – 2020, along with more than 300 sponsored athletes through the Team Visa program.

Logo Design of the Final Eight Teams In The 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Sports teams have interesting relationships with their logos, oftentimes branding and rebranding, reacting heavily to fan interactions with these new designs and how merchandise sales are affected. This oftentimes leaves teams rebranding every few years, keeping up with design trends, the evolution of sports logos is interesting to look at. With less history in the United States than sports such as baseball, the way that hockey teams have reacted to changes in logos, branding, and more should be explored!



New York Islanders

Founded in 1972 on Long Island, New York, the Islanders use a royal blue, orange and white color scheme in their logo and uniforms. The original logo version of the team reflects these three color choices, with a white hockey stick over the orange silhouette of Long Island. With a few minor changes (adding a stripe to the bottom of the hockey stick to indicate the number of Stanley Cups won by the team) the logo has generally remained the same. In 1995, the team underwent a drastic rebrand, completely ditching their original logo and replacing it with the image of a fisherman holding a hockey stick. The negative reaction to this was so unbelievably strong that the Islanders made moves back to their original logo as quickly as they could, fully phasing out the fisherman by 1997. After this, the logo used navy blue instead of the original blue coloring. While the team’s logo has maintained relatively static, they have shifted their jerseys to more accurately reflect the team’s ever-changing identity and brand as they’ve undergone major changes.



Tampa Bay Lightning

Also referred to as the Bolts, the Tampa Bay Lightning were established in 1992 and use blue, white, and black as their primary colors. Their original logo portrayed a white lightning bolt outlined in black on a gray background. Tampa Bay Lightning was written in blue and outlined in gray. This logo represented the team until a 2007 rebrand, which significantly modernized the brand. Updating both the lightning bolt and font choice of the team. In 2011, the logo was simplified even further, simply portraying a white lightning bolt in a circle on a field of blue. This move has also related to their referencing as the “Bolts” as the logo has become more and more simplified. With three significant logo changes in less than 20 years, their jerseys have changed even further. The Lightning are taking regular steps to simplify their brand, moving away from the solid brand familiarity established by other teams.



Washington Capitals

Red, navy blue, and white are the key colors of the Capital’s logo and jersey design, which is incredibly appropriate considering they represent the capital of the United States. The original logo and jersey design played heavily on the red, white, and blue theme, their logo and jerseys emblazoned with stars since 1974. In 1995, they drastically changed their logo, colors, and look, opting for black, blue, and bronze. The logo was replaced with an eagle, talon outstretched, in an attempt to improve merchandise sales. From 2002 to 2007, the team introduced a new home logo, featuring the Capitol building in Washington D.C. with crossed hockey sticks and two stars, still featuring the black, bronze, and blue color scheme introduced with the previous logo. In 2007, they changed their logo again, bringing back the red, white, and blue color scheme, featuring an eagle with the dome of the Capitol building in its breast. This season, the Capitals wear red jerseys aimed at appreciating the outdoor roots of the sport.


Pittsburgh Penguins

The 1967 founding of the Penguins introduced the team with a blue, white, yellow, and black color scheme, featuring a scarved penguin against a yellow triangle background, which was built upon and updated to more prominently feature the team’s name in the 1968 version of the team’s logo. The yellow triangle serves as a reference to the Golden Triangle found in the city of Pittsburgh.  In 1971, the Penguins removed the team’s name to just feature the skating penguin against a yellow triangle background- which remained untouched until 1992. Between 1992 and 2002, the team used a variation of the penguin and yellow triangle, removing the skating penguin from the mix. However, in 2002, they brought back the skating penguin onto the logo and introduced the team’s current colors of gold, black, yellow, and white. For nearly the entirety of the team’s existence, except for the period between 1992 and 2002, the skating penguin has been a core part of the Penguin’s logo.


Dallas Stars

Previously the Minnesota North Stars, the Dallas Stars got their current branding after the move to Dallas in 1993. Even after this move, the team kept the same uniform design and general logo that the team had before the move south. The only addition was a version of the logo with the outline of the state of Texas behind it. In 1994, the team added the word “Dallas” to the logo. In 2013, a new logo was introduced that used silver instead of gold for star, and used a green to highlight the logo. The letter D remains in the center of the star, a reference to Dallas’s nickname- the Big D. The team is represented by victory green, silver, black, and white, and remains one of the more untouched NFL logos.


St. Louis Blues

Since St. Louis was awarded a NHL team in 1967, little has changed about the team’s logo design. The team takes its name from the rich history of the blues musical style in the area, and uses an artistic rendering of a blue note as the team’s logo. Significant changes to the team’s logo included adding red details and the team name in 1984, then removing the team name in 1998, and the team’s current representation in 1998, which removed the red outline and replaced it with a deeper blue and sharper feathers in the logo.


San Jose Sharks

With deep Pacific teal, burnt orange, black, and white serving to represent the team, the first logo of the 1991 Sharks portrayed a black shark biting through a hockey stick within a triangle and also displayed the team’s skating shark mascot. Their alternate logo showed a shark fin emerging from water, a logo they retained until 2007. Currently, the logo and the alternate logo remain very similar to their original incantation, simply cleaning up the design, adding orange coloring, and reflecting the advances in design to date. 


Nashville Predators

Nashville’s home to the den of a prehistoric saber-toothed tiger, considered to be one of the last of its kind before extinction, and one of only five discovered in North America. This is where the NHL team unveiled their logo in connection with this great predator in 1997. The first logo version used blue, orange, and silver as the main components, featuring the long front-tooth of the tiger. In 2011, the logo was updated to reflect blue, yellow, and white, keeping the original shape and design of the original logo. Alternate logos of the team have ranged from simply using the team’s initials to a version of showing the bones of the saber-toothed tiger, however, remaining relatively static in comparison to many teams.