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olympics The 2014 Olympic games came to a grand finale, with Great Britain bringing home a Gold (Woman’s Skeleton), one Silver (Men’s Curling), and two Bronze (Women’s Curling and Women’s Snowboarding) medals.  When the final data was analysed, Team GB ended these historic games with a total haul of 4 medals. This matches their previous best ever haul of 4 medals won in 1924 at the winter Olympics back then.

Interestingly, had Britain managed to hold on to another Gold, regardless of which sport it came from, Team GB’s statistics would have received yet another huge data point boost. It would have been the first time in the country’s history that British players would have returned home with more than one Gold medal to their tally. British sports historians and sport performance watchers would certainly have delighted in those statistics, no doubt!

Britain’s Olympic game planners, trainers, coaches and players alike took UK Sport’s principle of “No Compromise” to heart, when they drew up their strategies for each of the individual events. They relied on data, both team-based and for individual athletes, to decide on their game plans to meet UK Sport’s target of 3 medals across all participated events. The data helped them target games where participants had realistic hopes for winning a medal.

Data at the end of the games proves that data-based planning does make for more focused execution. All but the women’s bobsleigh team were successful in bringing home medals, thereby exceeding UK Sport’s target of a minimum of 3 medals. Readers would also be pleasantly surprised to read about yet another key data point of the Sochi Olympics, as it relates to funding of Team GB’s participation in the games. Compared to the last big games (the Vancouver Games in 2010), the British government more than doubled its investment in the 2014 Sochi games, spending approximately £13.4m.

It is expected that UK Sport will use all this data, and additional analysis as it becomes available over the coming months and years, to hone their plans, strategies and tactics for the Pyeongchang Games in 2018. But sports organizers, event planners, team promoters and athletic associations must have no doubt in their minds that the success of all of that planning boils down to one thing: Accurate, reliable and consistent data!

WinPure is a powerful suite of data cleansing tools that helps organizations, both large and small, whether in government or the private sector, to ensure that the data they use for policy-making and business-critical decisions is accurate, reliable and consistent.  Availability on common platforms like Windows XP-SP2 / 2003 / Vista / Windows 7 and Windows 8, means that WinPure tools don’t require specialised IT infrastructure to host or to use. And by using built-in intelligence and “fuzzy” logic to support its users, these tools clean, de-dupe and refine raw data in order to create a final data set that can be used for any purpose – including further analysis, accurate predictions or extrapolations.

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