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Jamie Thomson

This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a data mangler in London working for Dunnhumby

Olympics data available for all on Windows Azure SQL Database and Power View

Are you looking around for some decent test data for your BI demos? Well, if so, Microsoft have provided some data about all medals won at the Olympics Games (1900 to 2008) at OlympicsData workbook - Excel, SSIS, Azure sample; it provides analysis over athletes, countries, medal type, sport, discipline and various other dimensions. The data has been provided in an Excel workbook along with instructions on how to load the data into a Windows Azure SQL Database using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).

Frankly though, the rigmarole of standing up your own Windows Azure SQL Database ok, SQL Azure database, is both costly (SQL Azure isn’t free) and time consuming (the provided instructions aren’t exactly an idiot’s guide and getting SSIS to work properly with Excel isn’t a barrel of laughs either). To ease the pain for all you BI folks out there that simply want to party on the data I have loaded it all into the SQL Azure database that I use for hosting AdventureWorks on Azure.

You can read more about AdventureWorks on Azure below however I’ll summarise here by saying it is a SQL Azure database provided for the use of the SQL Server community and which is supported by voluntary donations.

To view the data the credentials you need are:

  • Server 
  • Database AdventureWorks2012
  • User sqlfamily
  • Password sqlf@m1ly

Type those into SSMS and away you go, the data is provided in four tables [olympics].[Sport], [olympics].[Discipline], [olympics].[Event] & [olympics].[Medalist]:

I figured this would be a good candidate for a Power View report so I fired up Excel 2013 and built such a report to slice’n’dice through the data – here are some screenshots that should give you a flavour of what is available:

A view of all the available data

All Olympics data

Where do all the gymastics medals go?

Where do all the gymnastics medals go?

Which countries do top ten all-time medal winners come from?

Which countries do the top 10 medal winners of all time come from?

You get the idea. There is masses of information here and if you have Excel 2013 handy Power View provides a quick and easy way of surfing through it. To save you the bother of setting up the Power View report yourself you can have the one that I took these screenshots from, it is available on my SkyDrive at OlympicsAnalysis.xlsx so just hit the link and download to play to your heart’s content. Party on, people!

As I said above the data is hosted on a SQL Azure database that I use for hosting “AdventureWorks on Azure” which I first announced in March 2013 at AdventureWorks2012 now available for all on SQL Azure. I’ll repeat the pertinent parts of that blog post here:

I am pleased to announce that as of today … [AdventureWorks2012] now resides on SQL Azure and is available for anyone, absolutely anyone, to connect to and use for their own means.

This database is free for you to use but SQL Azure is of course not free so before I give you the credentials please lend me your ears eyes for a short while longer. AdventureWorks on Azure is being provided for the SQL Server community to use and so I am hoping that that same community will rally around to support this effort by making a voluntary donation to support the upkeep which, going on current pricing, is going to be $119.88 per year. If you would like to contribute to keep AdventureWorks on Azure up and running for that full year please donate via PayPal to

Any amount, no matter how small, will help. If those 50+ people that retweeted me beforehand all contributed $2 then that would just about be enough to keep this up for a year. If the community contributes more than we need then there are a number of additional things that could be done:

  • Host additional databases (Northwind anyone??)
  • Host in more datacentres (this first one is in Western Europe)
  • Make a charitable donation

That last one, a charitable donation, is something I would really like to do. The SQL Community have proved before that they can make a significant contribution to charitable orgnisations through purchasing the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives book and I harbour hopes that AdventureWorks on Azure can continue in that vein. So please, if you think AdventureWorks on Azure is something that is worth supporting please make a contribution.

I’d like to emphasize that last point. If my hosting this Olympics data is useful to you please support this initiative by donating. Thanks in advance.


Published Friday, November 30, 2012 12:19 AM by jamiet

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mjswart said:

Wow, USA swept the medals in 1904 for the diving event "plunge for distance".

Thanks Jamie!

November 30, 2012 8:44 AM

SSIS Junkie said:

In March 2013 I launched an initiative called AdventureWorks on Azure in which I hosted the AdventureWorks2012

May 20, 2013 5:48 PM

omnia said:

who can use this datebase ?? and what are the functionalities that can every user have?

October 24, 2014 10:50 AM

SSDT Noob said:

HI Jame - the Olympics Analysis spreadsheet link doesn't work - do you have an updated link?

September 5, 2016 10:24 PM

A reader said:

It looks like the database has been put offline. The message I got is "The user was not authorized"

November 2, 2016 4:43 AM

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