Finding the Geographic Centre of North American Sport

Way back in 2011, this site featured a series of posts in which we tried to derive the geographic centre of major sports in various countries (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Russia); an attempt to determine where the historical balance-of-power lies in each sport using the number of championships won by…

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Comparing Paralympic Performances Versus Olympic Performances by Country

While mainstream sports fans likely stopped following the travails of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London last month, hardcores will know that the festivities carried on all the way until 9 September in the form of the 14th Summer Paralympics, where 4 294 athletes from 164 countries competed in twenty categories of sport.  The Paralympics…

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Some Brief Notes on the 2012 Summer Olympics

Yes, it’s time once again for the Summer Olympics in just a few weeks, with coverage and hype already operating at full bore.  Having previously looked at failed Olympic candidate cities, the performances of now-defunct nations at the games, and the all-time least-successful countries in Olympic country, here are a few more notes heading into…

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Mapping World Rankings in Various Sports

Different sports are popular in different places.  Germans aren’t really into Australian football, there are no curling rinks in Senegal, and teaching the rules of cricket to a North American would probably require at least a six-week entry-level college course.  Some sports have globalised themselves much more successfully than others; association football being the obvious…

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Following Up: An April 2012 Update on Previous Articles

It’s been a few months since our last follow-up post, so here are a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles (of which we have officially reached 400 today) here at The Basement Geographer: Varosha: Forever Trapped in 1974 (originally posted 27 August 2010): A report in the Turkish daily Milliyet on…

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International Racing Colours

Have you ever gone to purchase paint and come across the colour British racing green?  You may have wondered what makes dark green so British.  Or racy.  British racing green is a legacy of the first 70 years of organised top-level racing, when race cars were painted in national colours according to the origin of…

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The Arctic Winter Games

There are numerous multisport events similar to the Olympics held around the world based around regional proximity (e.g., the Asian Games, the Pan American Games), political or linguistic affiliations (e.g., the Commonwealth Games, the Lusophony Games), or cultural affiliation (e.g., Maccabiah Games, North American Indigenous Games).  This week in Whitehorse, Yukon, a multisport event combining…

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Curling Stones: A Precious Resource

Copyright: J. Durnan, http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/988485.  Licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence. Ailsa Craig is the little white dot at the south end of the Firth of Clyde. Ailsa Craig.  A formidable, solitary, dome-shaped rock island lying in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde 16 km (10 mi) off the Ayrshire coast.  Uninhabited…

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Fuji Speedway and Abandoned Oval Motor Circuits of Europe

My latest article over at Google Sightseeing (which you can view here) takes a look at Japan’s Fuji Speedway, which was visited by the Google Street View team during a weekend of racing action. Street View not only captured imagery directly from the main speedway circuit but also of the two karting circuits in the…

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