Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Geekery At The 2012 Olympics

The Olympic games are generally associated with athletes from around the world, coming together to perform amazing feats, all in the spirit of peace and acceptance. This year however, another theme has emerged, a theme that isn't normally prevalent about during the Olympic games. I am talking about Geekery. The London 2012 Olympic games have seen several geek related themes. (Not that we are complaining). Here are some of the geeky moments from the 2012 summer Olympics:

Chemical Brothers Make Olympic Cycling Look Like Tron 

For the 2012 Olympics, the British duo The Chemical Brothers, have created music to set the scene for the cycling events which are located at the London Velodrome. They also have a music video which features two Cyclists racing around the Velodrome, made to look like they are from the Tron universe.

Gymnast Does Her Dance Routine To Zelda Medley

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Elsa García, is an Olympic gymnast from Mexico. She gained geek attention during the Olympics when she used a Zelda medley in her gymnastics routine. The Medley is performed by violinist Lindsey Stirling, and although Elsa García did not continue to the final rounds, she received a huge outpouring of support from people who also loved her musical choices. Here is Stirling's Zelda Medley:

Horror Music Used In Synchronized Swimming Routine

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The Russian synchronized swimming pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, used the theme from Dario Argento's horror masterpiece Suspiria (Along with other musical choices which included Sleepyhollow). Their musical tastes (as well as their skills) paid off, because they were awarded gold medals for their synchronized swimming routine.

The Hunger Games Archery Coach Competed In the Olympics

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It's no secret that Jennifer Lawrence and her role in The Hunger Games made archery cool: after the movie was released, people signed up for archery lessons in droves. It was also interesting to learn that the woman who taught Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot, competed at the Olympics. The USA's Khatuna Lorig, competed in the women's individual archery competition: she didn't earn a medal but came very close to placing third.

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