Olympic medalists of the modern Summer Olympic Games 1896-2016


The aim of the work in the presented paper was the creation and subsequent distribution of a database of Olympic medallists of the modern Summer Olympic Games in the period 1896-2016. We examined historical statistics from the perspective of an individual approach; or more specifically, for each Olympic medallist as an individual athlete awarded with an Olympic medal. The results are presented on a map showing the number of medallists in each country. In total, we recorded 33145 Olympic medals in the database altogether, which were won by a total of 24281 athletes. These represented a total of 149 countries, including those that no longer exist due to geopolitical changes in the last century. The largest number of medals was awarded in sports that appeared in the itinerary at each of the 28 held Summer Olympic Games. Many of these are also sports with the largest number of individual disciplines, and therefore the chance of winning an Olympic medal for a particular athlete is higher. All medals awarded at the level of states and individual sports are displayed in a detailed preview on the website, which is an integral part of the submitted paper.

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To cite this article:
Vladimír Bačík (2021) Olympic medalists of the modern summer Olympic games 1896–2016, Journal of Maps, 17:1, 145-153, DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2021.1996475

Figure 1. Frequency of occurrence of individual sports at the modern Summer Olympic Games (1896-2016) (full size)

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