Showing posts with label olympics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label olympics. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sir David Attenborough Narrates Curling

BBC Radio 1 knew that we’d all listen if David Attenborough did the commentary during an Olympic curling match. He explains it all so clearly and soothingly. Now we understand the primal urge to thrust one’s nuts down the frozen river -and its importance to the species. Attenborough should  do this for every Olympic sport. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

How to Improve Curling

One little change in the sport of curling would guarantee high TV ratings and a full house for each match. It’s a simple matter of replacing the stones with cats. It would be an instant hit, especially at the international level. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Winter Olympics on Hoth

The frozen planet Hoth from the Star Wars Universe might seem to be the perfect place to host the Winter Games, you know, because of all that snow. But there are dangers lurking in the permafrost! Which, honestly, would make for compelling TV viewing. This mashup is from the Danish TV show Natholdet. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Best Dressed Figure Skaters

The Russian pairs skaters Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov finished first of the pairs in the Olympic team figure skating event last night. They had a great routine, but my first impression was that they have the best costumes so far of any skaters. And way better than what they’ve worn before. 

Friday, February 07, 2014

Olympics Opening Ceremonies Preview

(via reddit)

Zoich, the Sochi Olympics Anti-Mascot

Zoich is a blue frog with only two legs and whirling Olympic rings for eyes. He very much resembles Hypnotoad to Western viewers. When the Russian Olympic Committee held a nationwide contest to select the mascot for the Sochi Olympics back in 2010, he drew more votes by far than any of the thousands of other designs. You know how internet voters are. Of course, the Committee overruled the voting and selected a few other designs as finalists. Zoich remains a popular character in Russia, mainly as a protest over how the Olympics are being handled.

But Zoich turned out to be a ringer. Russian artist Yegor Zhgun was commissioned to produce an attention-getting design to promote the contest itself. The stunt worked magnificently, but Zoich never had any chance of being selected. You can see Zhgun’s design process here. But here are the official Sochi Olympics mascots:

A cute leopard, hare, and polar bear. They all live together in harmony, along with Snowflake and Ray of Light (“Snezhinka” and “Luchik”), the Paralympics mascots, in a snow-covered dacha in Sochi. They should have gone with the frog. (via Digg)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Olympics Are Coming

Ellen Degeneres explains a few things about the Winter Games. Now you know! (via The Norwegian Olympic Curling Team's Pants)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

2014 Olympic Uniforms from Around the World

Last week we looked at what the U.S. Olympic team will be wearing during the Winter Games in Sochi, which open this Friday. Now we have some team uniforms from other nations, which you can see in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Amazing Olympic Facts

AsapSCIENCE is getting into the Olympic spirit with a video on Olympic trivia, from the oldest and youngest Olympians to the composition of the medals. In addition, they are kicking off a series of daily videos about what science has to do with the Olympics, starting on Thursday. But you can get a sneak at the first few by going to the CBC’s Science Says site. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

18 Athletes Going to Sochi Alone

Quite a few nations rarely participate in the Winter Games because the lack of snow or ice makes those particular sports difficult and unpopular in warm weather countries. But athletes with dual (or even triple) citizenship and the means to travel for training sometimes end up representing a tropical country on the ski slopes or the ice.

None of these athletes will actually be traveling all alone to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as far as we know. When you see them in the parade, they will most likely be accompanied by coaches and officials from their nation. However, they are each the sole athlete participating in competition for their country. Get to know them in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What the US Olympic Teams Will Be Wearing In Sochi

The 2014 Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia, February 7th through the 23rd. Various outfitters have worked overtime to dress the U.S. team attractively, tastefully, and competitively. Here you'll find a guide to recognizing the Americans in Sochi in whatever sport (except curling -we haven't seen the team's uniforms yet). Olympic athletes will be fitted out in uniforms for the opening and closing ceremonies, their individual sports, medal ceremonies, and all are provided with casual gear for wearing in the Olympic Village. See them all in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jason Brown

Once every four years, we all become temporarily interested, or even experts, on ice skating, skiing, sledding, and other winter sports. That time has come.

19-year-old Jason Brown’s performance at the 2014 U.S. National Championships won him a spot on the Olympic team. It also made him a star in the eyes of those who watched it. (via Buzzfeed)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Pick Them Back Up

An article at the Daily Beast entitles Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win explains how doing something over and over, even though you make numerous mistakes, is better than sweating over every detail of one attempt. The secret is learning from your failures, which you can't do if you never fail.

The ad Proctor & Gamble produced for the Sochi Olympics illustrates exactly that point. It's the practice and the failures that get you to the top. Get a hankie, since it may make you go all verklempt inside. You'll probably see a shorter version of this on TV quite a bit over the next month. (via Uproxx)

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Love Always Wins

Just being gay is a crime in Russia. How will that affect our Olympic champions -wherever they are from? Even participating will be like walking on eggshells for gay athletes. (via Buzzfeed)

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Evolution of the Uneven Bars Event

From the 1950s to today, the sport of women's gymnastics has gone from "That's impressive!" to "These little girls aren't human, are they?" (via Cynical-C)

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming is the most terrifying sport at the Summer Games. See 40 such pictures at Buzzfeed.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

U.S. Olympic Team Tribute To Muhammad Ali

U.S. Olympic Team Tribute To Muhammad Ali

This video tribute to 1960 gold medal winner Muhammad Ali was played at Team USA's 2012 Benefit Gala held the night before the Olympics opened. Although there is some audio manipulation, it highlights how downright poetic his boasts always were. Produced by Steve Porter.