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Who’s the greatest Olympian ever?

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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 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.


This infographic is taken from An Answer For Everything

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