The original Olympic Games were mainly a part of a religious festival to honor the father of the Greek gods and goddesses, Zeus. It was first held in 776 B.C.E. in Olympia, hence, the name “Olympics.” In 394 C.E., the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, abolished Olympic Games suspecting they were an idolatrous event.
It was only in 1894 that the idea of having Olympic Games was revived. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee, believing it would promote international understanding. And in 1896, the first Modern Olympic Games successfully took place in Athens. Since then, the international tournament has been considered the world’s most prominent sporting tournament.
In 2004, Athens hosted another memorable event. Beijing followed in 2008, London in 2012, and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Score from the experts at Killer Infographics
Visual Communication - 60%
Design - 50%
Content/Script - 65%
Usability - 65%
This infographic gives an overview of the history of the Olympic Games. Early imagery gives good reference to games and awards, although the varied illustration styles mixed with photography result in a bit of a muddy aesthetic. Each point is written in long-form text, which encourages the user to skim without absorbing the info. The uneven section sizes also make the user experience a little jarring. However, it is helpful to see visual references to the locations of different years of the Olympics. In all we'd give this a D-.