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October 14, 2019

#MakeoverMonday: Ironman World Championship Medalists

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Sunday was the 43rd Iron World Championship. It was the first time I spent a lot of time watching it and I found it pretty cool. I figured I should pay more attention to how it all works given I'm doing Challenge Roth in July. I'm a bit daunted by the prospect of competing in an Ironman distance, but I know I can do it with proper training.

The viz to makeover is a simple table from Wikipedia:

What works well?
  • The years are listed in order from most recent to oldest.
  • Table can be sorted
  • Including separate columns for each medal
  • Including links to each athlete

What could be improved?
  • I'm not convinced that both the flag and country abbreviations are necessary; one is probably enough.
  • Some of the athletes have red text and some have blue. I couldn't find anything on the page that explained this.
  • Comparing athletes across years is difficult because of the precision of the times/

What I did
After exploring the data for a few minutes, I remembered that Rody Zakovich created an incredible viz about the Winter Olympics (check it out here) and I've been wanting to emulate it. This data set proved perfect for it. This is the beauty of Tableau Public; you can download workbooks, see how someone created their work, and use it to help create your own.

Here's my viz for Makeover Monday week 42 (click on the image for the interactive version).

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