Friday, February 09, 2018

Pyeongchang 2018

I remember the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics very fondly. The reason why I still occasionally think about the Sochi Olympics is entirely down to the beautiful Sochi 2014 Interactive Map. This fun animated map features some beautiful illustrations and includes a lot of information about the Winter Games, the different sports and the Sochi venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Unfortunately the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics doesn't seem to have inspired a similarly beautiful map. The Past is Prologue in the Race for Olympic Gold is an Esri story map created for this year's games. While it might not be able to compete with the Sochi 2014 Interactive Map on the beauty front it is still an interesting exploration of the history of winning gold at the Winter Olympics.

Past is Prologue in the Race for Olympic Gold looks at how many Winter Olympic golds different countries have won, how each country's gold haul has changed over time and the global distribution of Winter Olympic gold medals (this last one even has an interactive map).

If you do want to get to know Pyeongchang a little better then you can Explore Pyeongchang on Google Earth. This provides a short tour in Google Earth of some of Pyeongchang's most important sights and locations.  If you select the 'Voyager' option in Google Earth and navigate to the sports section you can also find a tour of the Olympic torch relay for the 2018 Winter Olympics. This takes you on a journey through a few of the 17 Korean cities and provinces the Olympic torch visited on the way to Pyeongchang.

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