The Olympics roll around every two years like clockwork and so do the boilerplate news stories about the Olympic torch relay. “Carrying the flame” seeks to provide better resources for covering the relay, while also publishing compelling stories and graphics that explore its history through data and records. A wealth of records and documents lie in online repositories that could inform innovative, engaging storytelling about the relay. This project works to aggregate that information and make it digestible.
What follows is a look at the Olympic torch relay that goes beyond updates of where it has visited.
The project is home to a unique, comprehensive dataset about the relay that details miles crossed, transportation methods, torchbearer counts, torchbearer gender and more.
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Stories and data by Alan Hovorka
Design by Alan Hovorka, Tyson Bird and Stacie Kammerling
Illustrations by Stacie Kammerling and Alan Hovorka
Code by Alan Hovorka and Tyson Bird
About the project
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All images used in this project were published in the public domain or under Creative Commons.The work on this website is for noncommercial, educational purposes and is not associated with the International Olympic Committee or any Olympic properties.