The Olympics are nearly upon us and the growing patriotic fervor can only be matched by the impending wave of Olympics-themed data visualizations. Here's our early contribution, a couple of dashboards letting you explore Olympic Medal counts from 1972 to the last summer Olympics in 2008. The first dashboard focuses on the question: Which countries have acquired the largest, most glitter-y pile of medals? It features a visualization we call a "leaderboard" which ranks countries based on total medals, gold medals, silver medals, bronze medals, and finally percent of medals that were gold (just to prove that you don't have to win a lot of medals to stand out).
The second dashboard is designed to explore the performance of one country at a time, showing total medals by type, and which sports, events, and athletes were most responsible for the medals. Select the filter area to choose a country, then drill into the treemap to see the strengths of the Olympic teams.