The Ultimate Showdown
The goal of this study is to find investigate Olympic discus throwers at their peak performance, and to find out if and when women's performance will pass men's performance, or vice versa. This is done with data from olympic.org, and calculated using linear regression.
Data Table 1
This table shows the data of gold medalists from 1972-1984. The data is shown in meters (how far the discus is thrown).
Data Table 2
Data Table 1 continued. Contains data from 1988-2000.
Data Table 3
The final table and a continuation of Data Table 2. Contains data from 2004-2012.
The Turning Point
The women were originally dominating the men in discus, excelling their scores by a fair margin. Though as time passed, women's performance declined, and conversely, men's performance increased. The intersection point of the two lines is the point where men's performance surpasses women's performance, in 1997. Since that is not an Olympic year, men have been outperforming discus since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The X Coordinate
This coordinate on the graphs above denote the year that each competition occurs. This is shown in relation to the y coordinate.
The Y Coordinate
This coordinate on the graphs above describe the distance that the competitors threw the discus in meters. This can produce data when combined with the figures from the x coordinate.
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