A 100-Year History Of Athletic World-Records
From Fast Co.Design:
Athletes seem to get better every year, but every year is not full of world records. A world record takes something special–a combination of superior training (aided by everything from camera systems to better understood diets), superior competitive technology (consider the now-banned synthetic swimsuits) and, of course, divine athleticism (the utter freaks of nature like Michael Phelps).
It’s a point that’s fascinatingly explored in this interactive infographic by GE and R/GA. Each dot represents a world record placed in a summer game of that year, from swimming to javelin throw. And over time, these dots tell a clear story: We do indeed set more world records over time, but some years are much bigger than others.
Submitted by David Cushing