Athletes Like You: BBC World Service launches fun interactive Olympics module in 15 languages

Athletes Like You adds to a wide range of digital products that the BBC’s language services have been publishing in the run-up to the Olympics."Dmitry Shishkin, BBC World Service Development Editor
Date: 02.07.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
In the run-up to the Olympics BBC World Service has launched Athletes Like You, an engaging interactive module which enables users to match their height and weight with the body dimensions of any of the 1,800 Olympic medallists from the 2008 Beijing Games. The module is available via 15 of BBC World Service’s language websites.

 Based on the latest web technologies, Athletes Like You is an innovative interactive visualisation with a strong social media component, encouraging the user to share the match on Facebook and Twitter. The visualisation also allows further exploration of a large database of athletes in a friendly format.

BBC World Service Development Editor, Dmitry Shishkin, says: “Athletes Like You adds to a wide range of digital products that the BBC’s language services have been publishing in the run-up to the Olympics. We are delighted that this project, generated and executed by BBC World Service, also later will be made available to the English-speaking audiences of the international news site, BBC.com.”

Athletes Like You has launched across some of BBC World Service’s language service websites including: bbcafrique.com (French for Africa), bbcarabic.com, bbcbrasil.com, bbcchinese.com and bbcukchina.com; bbchausa.com, bbchindi.com, bbcmundo.com (Spanish), bbcpersian.com, bbcrussian.com, bbcswahili.com, bbcturkce.com, bbc.ua (Ukrainian), bbcurdu.com, bbcuzbek.com and bbcvietnamese.com.

For more information please contact Lala Najafova on +44(0)207 557 2944 or email lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk