Where The Heck Do Our Olympic Athletes Come From?

The Olympics are the words on everyone's lips right now. Browse just about anywhere online and prepare yourself to be hit with a dose of Team GB fever. And how can you not get excited? It's the Olympics -- one of the biggest celebrations of sporting talent on earth AND it's in Rio!

So no doubt, as you watch the British success unfold, you will find yourself wondering just where did this talent come from? I mean, I don't know about you, but I can't remember any Olympic level athletes in my class at school!?

If you have been wondering, like myself, then you will be delighted to hear that the data experts have been working through the data to find out. Producing these beautiful pie charts and datasets, you can now take a look at the breakdown of Team GB's birthplaces across history.

Rio 2016 - Home Nations

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Absolutely no surprise that England, with 84 percent of the population of the UK, make up the majority of the athletes birthplaces. What is interesting though is that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland put athletes forward in numbers directly in correlation with their population percentage.

Rio 2016 - Towns and Cities

England - Leeds - 8
Scotland - Glasgow -7
Wales - Cardiff - 4
Northern Ireland - Belfast - 2
Other - Michigan, United States - 2
London - Croydon - 4

London 2012 - Home Nations

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London 2012 was one of the biggest in terms of British Olympians put forward. And rightly so, it was on our doorstep! So who put the numbers forward? Well, again, England had the biggest percentage with 74 percent, but it's the 13 percent of Team GB born outside of the UK that's quite interesting. 

London 2012 - Towns and Cities 

England - Bristol - 9
Scotland - Glasgow - 9
Wales - Cardiff - 8
Northern Ireland - Coleraine - 3
Other - Johannesburg, South Africa - 3
London - Croydon - 4

Tokyo 1964 - Home Nations

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Looking back nearly 60 years, in the 1964 games of Tokyo we see a slight drop in the percentage of athletes contributed by Scotland and Wales. While Northern Ireland didn't provide any athletes towards Team GB in 1964, England managed to produce over 86 percent of the athletes who attended the games.

Tokyo 1964 - Towns and Cities

England - Rochford - 3
Scotland - Falkirk - 1 Silver Medal
Wales - Nantymoel - 1 Gold Medal
Northern Ireland - 0
Other - Kingston, Jamaica - 1 Silver Medal
London - Marylebone - 2

Rome 1960 - Home Nations

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In the Rome games of 1960 again we see numbers put forward in correlation with their population by England, Scotland and Wales, while Northern Ireland also manage to put forward a significant selection of their own for this Olympic games.

Rome 1960 - Towns and Cities 

England - Birmingham - 3
Scotland - Dundee - 1 Bronze Medal
Wales - Wrexham - 1 Bronze Medal
Northern Ireland -
Other - Pretoria, South Africa - 2 Medals
London - Hilingdon - 1 Gold Medal

London 1908 - Home Nations 

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Being the first of three Olympics games held in the UK, the 1908 games of London is still our best performance at an Olympic tournament. Winning a total of 146 of the medals on offer, the success seen in London really was a performance won by all corners of the UK. With all four of the home nations contributing numbers, we also see athletes born as far away as Australia and France performing for Team GB. 

London 1908 - Towns and Cities

England - Birmingham 5
Scotland - Glasgow - 5
Wales - Monmouth - 1
Northern Ireland - 0
Other - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - 3
London - Kensington - 9

Paris 1900 - Home Nations 

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Where the London games (eight years later) would be a huge success generated by every home nation, the 1900 games in Paris was the opposite. Still struggling to find its way after launching only four years earlier in Athens, the Olympics of Paris was still relatively unheard of outside of London and would need several French born athletes to make up the numbers for Team GB. 

Paris 1900 - Towns and Cities

England - Barnstaple - 3
Scotland - Edinburgh - 2
Wales - 0
Northern Ireland - 0
Other - France - 2
London - Wimbledon - 2