olympics 2012

Watch Patrick Stewart, Pro Olympic Ticket Scalper, Get The Better Of Simon Pegg

The London Olympics are coming to a close and what better way to celebrate than with a thematic comedy video featuring Patrick Stewart, Simon Pegg and Maisie Williams. The first two you’re probably familiar with, Williams, however, is more recognisable as Arya Stark from HBO’s TV translation of Game of Thrones.


How Sports Photographers Shoot The Hardest Assignment Of Their Career: The Olympics

Reuters has put together a short video, featuring interviews with its team of photographers and photo editors, about how they are able to capture the incredible images taken of the athletes at the Olympic Games. These are the shots we’re all wallpapering our computers with and emailing back and forth amongst friends.


Nike's Specially Designed Track Spikes Help Double Amputee Sprint In London

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius just ran a race at the Olympics. Unlike his competitors, he did it as a below-the-knee amputee, using Ossür’s Flex-Foot Cheetah legs. But he also faced a unique challenge that his competitors didn’t have to consider — how do you get track spikes on your prosthetics?


Watch ABC News In Australia Reenact Olympic Highlights With Lego

Because showing highlights of the Olympics can be quite the political mess of broadcasting rights and licensing restrictions, ABC News Breakfast decided to circumvent the issue by recreating the women’s 100m hurdles finals with Lego. It’s awesome.


How US Troops Abroad Got Screwed Out Of Olympics Coverage

Men and women in uniform got the total shaft on Olympics coverage this year. Like everyone else, active duty members of the armed forces and other agencies overseas have to watch NBC’s infuriating tape-delayed broadcasts. Even if they’re on bases in Europe, where they could otherwise watch the events live on local TV.


Why Are So Many Olympic Athletes Wearing Bright Green Shoes?

If you were wondering why so many of the track and field athletes at the Olympics were wearing bright green shoes, here’s your answer: they’re all Nike athletes. Nike has decided to go uniform across the globe on bright green shoes to grab your attention (and your dollars). It’s probably working.


The Single Most Awesome Photographer At The Olympics

Sports photography is usually home to the highest of high-tech camera technologies, because its subjects move so swiftly, and in such limited bursts. It’s not the place you’d expect to find, say, a gigantic old 4×5 large format view camera.


This Machine Pours Shots Each Time Team USA Wins An Olympic Medal

You know what’s fun? Watching the Olympics right now is lots of fun. You know what else is always fun? Shots.


Slow-Motion Flaming Tennis Should Be An Official Olympic Sport

It looks like the usual tennis superstars are going to walk away with all the medals at this year’s Olympic games — yawn. So to make it more interesting and unpredictable four years from now, perhaps the organisers of the Rio games should consider adding flaming tennis balls into the mix, and filming everything in super slow motion.


How Architects Design Temporary Buildings For The Olympics

Every time the Olympics invades a city, its topography is transformed by an influx of impressive new buildings erected for the event. In the case of London, most will eventually be torn down. It’s an incredible feat of design and engineering to build structures that can be both quickly built and disassembled. In this video the architects behind the Olympic Stadium, 115m Orbit observation tower, and the Coca-Cola-sponsored Beatbox installation describe their concepts.