Tag Archives: olympics

I sPeNt WaY tOo MuCh TiMe On ThIs

I drew the pommel horse equipment guy from last night’s dream because I couldn’t get this damn image out of my head.


(Sorry for the crappy quality, I haven’t drawn in approximately 40 years and perspective is hard.)

Brain, what in the living hell…?

Last night I dreamt that every time the Olympics were held there was a separate Olympics held for the Olympic equipment. That is, people would dress up like the equipment (e.g., a pommel horse, an archery target, a bicycle) and basically do the Olympic events as the equipment.

And in this dream, people were super into this. This “Equipment Olympics” was actually more popular than the regular Olympics. People would even get tattoos of their favorite equipment.


Stacy’s mom has turned into a prawn / she’s got gills now and she’s flopping on the lawn

Today is the closing ceremony of the Olympics, so let’s make this blog Olympic-related.

Let’s rank some Olympic Logos! Specifically, top five and bottom five.


Top Five

5. Salt Lake 2002
This one’s a’ight. I like the star/torch/snowflake logo and how it’s not perfectly symmetric.



4. Melbourne/Stockholm 1956
This one is pretty. While not super “Olympics-looking,” I’ts like a cool little stamp. I dig it.



3. Tokyo 1964
I like how simple this logo is. The gradient in the circle is cool and the color looks really good with the gold color of the rings and text.



2. Atlanta 1996
I dig the torch. Also, I think this is the first Olympics I remember watching.



1. Calgary 1988
Totally not biased by the fact that it’s my birth year and the city I currently live in. I do really like this logo. It’s simple but still visually interesting, and definitely has an 80s vibe to it.



Bottom Five

5. Athens 2004
Not a huge fan of the little watercolor-looking blue square. It seems very disconnected with the rings/text and seems…unprofessional?



4. Mexico 1968
Why does the “X” get like 400 extra lines? There’s just too many goddamn lines. That “68” with the rings looks really busy. They should have just made the bottom two rings of the 6 and the 8 just two of the colored rings.



3. Berlin 1936
“Oh crap, we forgot to make an Olympics logo!”
“What are we going to do?!?”
“Here, quick, trace this picture of a bell with a ballpoint pen and write some stuff on it.”
“Should I color it or something?”
“No time, the Olympics start in two minutes!”



2. Lake Placid 1932
That is the wonkiest North America I have ever seen. Apparently Mexico is a tube sock? And that dude is like 80% legs. Did a five year old with half an eye draw this?



1. London 2012
I like to imagine the dude who designed this logo was told that graphic design wasn’t an Olympic sport and he was like, “the fuck it isn’t!” and then proceeded to win gold in the “designing logos while on hallucinogens” event.


Men’s figure skating is the best Olympic event

Hey, it’s Winter Olympics time! That means it’s time to bring up this video again for any poor souls who haven’t seen it yet.

Johnny Weir is awesome.

Also, Plushenko. Because Plushenko.



Want to know your Olympic body match at the 2016 games? Find out here!

Here’s my info:






Cool! I’d found something similar to this a while ago, but it was all in Spanish and didn’t have any graphs.


Dude, how cool would that be if the Olympics came back to Calgary? And 2026 is a good year: it’ll be my 20th blogging anniversary year!

Seriously, though. The city already has most of the equipment and facilities for the winter Olympics; they’d likely need some updating/renovation, of course, but still. It’d be pretty cool if the city agreed to bid and we actually won.


brb, sleeping furiously


So today is the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. SADNESS!
This year’s Olympics prompted me to do a little stats project: specifically, I wanted to see if there was any sort of correlation between latitude and the quantity of medals earned in both the summer and winter games.

Now before I show you the results/plots, yes, I know that there are a lot of other factors aside from latitude that affect countries medaling in the games (wealth, government, national/international politics, geography, etc.). In fact, I’m sure that several such factors correlate somewhat with latitude on their own—for example, industrialized nations send waaaay more athletes than less-industrialized/developing nations, and many nations that are considered industrialized just happen to be at higher latitudes…that’s just one example. So take all of this nonsense with a grain of salt, m’kay?


I denoted a country’s latitude by the latitude of their capital city. For example, the US is at latitude 38º53’ N, ‘cause that’s where Washington, D.C. is. I realize that this method of measuring latitude is not so accurate for some countries whose capitals are either at the extreme south or extreme north of the country, but I didn’t want to go by, say, the “average” latitude of a country ‘cause then I would have never finished this freaking thing. So capital latitude it was.

I then consulted the almighty Wikipedia for a table of the number of medals won by country in both the summer and winter games (and within both, the total number of gold, solver, and bronze). So medal counts + latitude = my dataset!

First things first: correlations!

  • Correlation between latitude and the number of medals won overall: 0.374
  • Correlation between latitude and the number of medals won in the summer games: 0.353
  • Correlation between latitude and the number of medals won in the winter games: 0.393

The above correlations do not take into account the fact that some countries have participated in almost every Olympic games (like the US) and some have participated in like four or five of them. So I made a new set of variables that took that into account. I took the ratio of the number of medals won to the number of games participated in (so they’re kind of a “how many medals per Olympics” set of variables). I did this for the summer and winter games separately as well as “overall.” The “adjusted” correlations were:

  • Correlation between latitude and the number of medals won overall: 0.397
  • Correlation between latitude and the number of medals won in the summer games: 0.390
  • Correlation between latitude and the number of medals won in the winter games: 0.411

So not too much of a change, especially for the winter games.

(One other correlation to note when looking at the above results: the correlation between latitude and the total number of games participated in is 0.609)

Now let’s look at some graphs!

This first one shows medal count by latitude, split by type (gold, silver, bronze) for the summer games:


(Note that countries who haven’t won a medal are not plotted; those values that look like “zero” are actually indicating that one medal of that respective color has been won.)

(Another note: these are “absolute” latitudes, meaning that I’m not distinguishing between degrees north vs. degrees south; I’m really just interested in how far away from the equator countries are.)

This second one shows medal count by latitude, split by type (gold, silver, bronze) for the winter games:


Also, I didn’t catch this until after I made the graphs (and am too lazy to go back and fix it), but notice the difference in the scales of the y-axes for summer vs. winter.


Cool, huh?



As of today, the Netherlands has 22 medals. 21 of them are from speed skating events.

So the obvious question: why are they so freaking good at speed skating?

According to a few articles I’ve read on the subject, not only are they tall (average height is above 6 feet), which allows them to take very long strides, but speed skating is very much a part of their culture. A lot of the country’s top athletes go into speed skating rather than anything else (aside from soccer) and there are 17 training ovals for speed skaters throughout the country (the US has two).

There are 7 commercial speed skating teams in the Netherlands with around 60 professionals total, and when the Dutch Olympic trials are held, the speed skating portion is said to be the most competitive in the world because so many Dutch people are good skaters.

So it sounds like speed skating is just something the Dutch do, and clearly, they do it well.

More Figure Skating

Aw, this was so sad to watch.

I hope he didn’t cause any more permanent damage to his back during the team skates.

Edit (2/22): okay, wow, so it sounds like he needs back surgery again because one of the screws already in his spine snapped. Ouch.





But seriously (and my mom can confirm this): a couple weeks ago, I suggested how awesome it would be if one of the figure skaters chose to stake to Trololo.

And then they PUT IT IN THE OPENING CEREMONY (at least for like 5 seconds)

I laughed so hard. Why isn’t the internet freaking out about this?
(I’m freaking out about this)


There is no better way to start an Olympic games than with this man:


Evgeni Plushenko!!!

And that was a damn good program he gave us tonight, holy crap.

Have some more pics:



Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 2

The fact that I was in the same city as him–for a few days, at least–makes me super happy.

(I love him sorry)

In other news (and the reason that this blog is password protected), my STAT 452 class is really starting to suck. I definitely need to rant about this—which will happen later when I have more time and am not absorbed in watching figure skating—but I just needed to mention it somewhere before my head explodes from anger.

Toasters are Intrinsically Brave

I just hit my 130,000th stumble on StumbleUpon. That translates quite concisely to, “Claudia spends way too much time on the internet.”

In addition, I just found a video of the entire 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.



Get your medal count sheets ready, it’s Olympics time!

Opening Ceremony comments: I didn’t watch the whole thing, I confess. I watched from the beginning to when they had the nurses and doctors swing dancing amongst the children’s beds. But I really, really liked the first part of the ceremony, where they showed the progression of British history from pre-Industrial Revolution, through the Revolution, and into modern times. I thought the way that was done was fantastic and the way they forged one of the five Olympic rings and then brought it together with the other four was a really creative way to tie the “history lesson” to the Games.

Also, Tubular Bells FTW.

And at least they didn’t pull a Vancouver and break the Olympic cauldron.

Apart from the US, I’m rooting for Sweden. Because dude…it’s Sweden.


Are people who predict golf tournament wins considered fore-casters?

It’s in Spanish (and metric!), but here’s a site where you can input your height and weight and compare yourself to the heights/weights of (pre-2008) Olympic athletes.

I’m the same height and weight as Minke Smabers, a field hockey player from Holland. She won gold in Beijing 2008!

Who’s your Olympic height/weight equivalent?

Claudia’s Trans-Canadian Adventures: Day 1

So here’s an important question that’s been bothering me since I got off the plane.

There’s skiing and downhill stuff in the winter Olympics, right? Duh.
So where in the hell for the 1988 Calgary Olympics did they actually have that stuff? ‘Cause all I’m seeing is this:

Either they built fake mountains or they made it all up, one of the two.

We also flew through some badass lenticular clouds, but I couldn’t get my camera out in time to catch them.
You may be saying “wait, hold on, back up, what the hell were you doing on a plane and why were you in Calgary?”
An excellent question.
I wasn’t exactly in Calgary, it was just a stop on the way to London, Ontario to check out the University of Western Ontario, who happens to have a tier 2 philosophy of science program and who happens to have accepted me into the MA/PhD program.

Cool stuff, huh?

So now I’m sitting in a creepy little motel room with a pita, Futurama, and no internet, waiting for the campus tour tomorrow.
It’s also 1 degree Fahrenheit outside.
But it’s not raining.
Rock ON.

All you need are blogs

The “OH GOD MUST WIN” link of the week.

The geeky link of the week.

The “possibly real/probably false but really funny” link of the week. I just want the figure skating men.


Haha, this is fun. Sorry blogs kinda suck, I’m reveling in being home and not doing anything of any importance.


Today’s song: Muesli by Minotaur Shock

Olympics underway!

YAY Olympics! I love the Olympics, I always have. I think it’s pretty damn awesome that I got to saw the flame/insane crowds/other Olympic-related insanity.


And we can always rely on the good contributors to Wiki to keep this as up-to-date as the news.

I also like to look at the flags. I like flags.

That is all.


Today’s song: Puppy Love by Scandy

I think I just won the gold medal in Sensory Overload

There’s a sort of freakish excitement of knowing that the Olympics are going on all around you (well, on most sides, at least).

Kate and I went downtown since we’re done with grad school horribleness for a few weeks.

There are SO MANY PEOPLE HERE. Here are some pictures.

This is why Stong’s is awesome.

Cambie Street/BC Place, where a lot of the events are happening.

More downtown insanity.


Flags outside of the Olympic cauldron fence. It was the bluest sky I’ve ever seen.

Olympic flame! Yes, they fenced it in. Yes, people were bitching.
ALSO: we saw part of the Swiss team. It was pretty awesome. That is all. Fun day.

Today’s song: Someone to Love by Tofer Brown (quite fitting for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it?)