If you're interested in diving into the fascinating history of the Olympics and how each country has performed over the years, this collection of charts is for you. The visuals, from Gregor Aisch and Larry Buchanan at The New York Times, show the medal history for every major event category, including running, swimming, gymnastics, equestrian events and fencing. There's also a chart that shows which countries have dominated the most overall. Knowing the history of each event -- including the stranger ones -- can make watching the games a lot more interesting. You'll develop a better perspective and more respect for the events, which will make discussing them with others a lot more interesting. You can see the entire collection of charts at the link below.
A Visual History of Which Countries Have Dominated the Summer Olympics [The New York Times]