Who’s the greatest Olympian ever?
An Olympics infographic taken from our new book, An Answer For Everything, which visualises the data on everything from the best sportsperson of all time to how to become prime minister, how to save the planet and the best thing since sliced bread
Despite the lack of crowds, there’s been no shortage of sporting brilliance on display at Tokyo 2020. As long-term readers will know, we like a good bit of sports analysis here at Delayed Gratification, the Slow Journalism magazine, and for our new book of infographics, An Answer For Everything, we dug into 125 years of data to reveal the greatest Olympian of all time.
It’s part of a series of infographics in the book in which we took sportspeople featured on impressionistic ‘greatest of all time’ lists compiled by sports writers and publications and compared their career statistics to one another to see which is truly the best of the best. As we made the book before Tokyo 2020 got underway, it doesn’t include the medals won this year.