London 2012, one year on.
There were quite a few moments when ceremony’s entertainers looked a bit like the tributes on parade during the 74th Hunger Games.
Last night Ali Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, and McKayla Maroney sat in the stands to cheer on Gabby Douglas in the Women’s Uneven Bars Final. They all had their hair uncharacteristically slicked back with gel and pins and folded into buns in Gabby’s characteristic but recently-criticized style. Were they sending a message?
In an email to former aides at NYC2012, the architect of the failed U.S. bid mulls what might have been, and declares victory anyway. “No city has ever benefited so much from trying.”
Fabian Hambüchen, Sebastian Krimmer, Marcel Nguyen, Andreas Toba and — most of all — Philipp Boy, are the male German gymnasts this year. In the heat of the night on Saturday evening, the world discovered their supreme hotness and matching haircuts.
A new part of the opening ceremony for 2012, countries from all over the world headed to London to display their favorite gadgets, take self-portraits, update twitter, and instagram pictures of Kobe Bryant. All in fancy patriotic costumes! H/T to Mat Honan for the idea.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgis were featured in a skit featuring James Bond and the Queen herself — but no one was paying attention to those guys. Some background, animated GIFs, and reactions from around the web on the Olympicorgis:
Six artists, including Banksy collaborator Paul Insect, have postered their own work over existing outdoor campaigns to “challenge the destructive impacts of the advertising industry.”
These are the athletes to pay special attention to during the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The six-week countdown to the 2012 London Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony has officially begun. The best part of any Olympics opening ceremony? The crazy team outfits that countries force their athletes to wear.
Almost four years after the logo’s launch, Tehran threatens to boycott the 2012 Games in London unless the design is changed. Probably best not to tell them about the Lisa Simpson thing until this is sorted out.
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