I’m sure most of us are glued to our television screens, laptops and radios at the moment as we support Team GB. Here at Ordnance Survey head office, our minds inevitably turned to mapping – and we wondered where our athletes came from, and whether there were hotspots around the country that produce medal-winning people.
So, we created a ‘medal map‘ using OS OpenSpace. The idea is that whenever a member of Team GB wins a medal, we will place a marker in their home town* (their place of birth as identified on the Team GB website, and not their specific address, we don’t want people clamouring at doors to see their medal!), as identified by the official Team GB media information. You can see the example below for Heather Stanning, part of the women’s pairs team that won our first gold medal.
As you can see, for team events, we will be highlighting each member of the team. We’ll update the medal map each weekday morning to reflect medals won the previous day.
Take a look at our medal map and see if there any medal winners clustered in your area – perhaps it will inspire you to take up a new sport!
*If an athlete is born outside Great Britain (that includes Northern Ireland), we put our marker in the town in which they currently live, rather than the town where they were born. If the athlete also lives outside Great Britain, we place the marker in the place they won their medal. This is because we only have mapping data for Great Britain, not the United Kingdom.