Lazy Saturday Watching the Olympics

It’s a cold Saturday in Cincinnati, so I’m loafing around our apartment watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Because I don’t want to feel completely unproductive as I sit here sipping coffee and developing strong opinions about international women’s hockey, speed skating, and ice dancing, I made a map. Well, two maps with the same data (the number of teams each country has sent to Sochi) – but in different projections.

First we have a loximuthal projection … chosen because it looks like a frumpy egg (click image for full resolution).

olympic MAP-luximuthal

Second we have the two point equidistant world projection. It does a good job of emphasizing the (primarily western) countries with a large number of participating teams.

olympic MAP-twopointequidistant