I decided to take a look at Olympic data this week. I found a dataset on Kaggle that included (many) of the height/weight/age details for competitors over the years and thought it would be interesting to see which sport I am physically best suited for (it’s Shot Put/Hammer Throw and a few others).
The dashboard below only includes data from Rio 2016. When I looked at the weight/height over time, it was quite consistent and there weren’t too many surprises in it (for example, basketball has the tallest athletes!). The same was true of the athletes’ age. There were a few exceptions – but in physically demanding sports, it hasn’t changed that much over the years. Basically, the sport determines the best height/weight/age ratio, not the year the Olympics were held.