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Recently we watched the 2012 Olympic games in London from the comfort of our livings room. There were many exciting events going on and tons of medals to be awarded. To celebrate the games, Google created 17 doodles over the days of the Olympics. Of the 17, there were 4 interactive, playable doodles. These doodles included Hurdles, Basketball Slalom Canoe, and Soccer. These games are very simple to play because they usually only require using two or three buttons to control. After a game is finished, the player is given a score, along with a star ranking of one, two or three. I think that Slalom Canoe is my favorite of these Olympic doodle games to play.
There are two neat Olympic related features on the NY Times website.
The first is a 360 degree rotating high-res picture of what it’s like to look off the top of the diving platform in the Water Cube. It would be difficult enough to jump off this thing but imagine doing it with 17,000 people staring at you. Here.
The second is a map of Olympic medals. The countries that won more medals in a particular year are represented by a larger circle. Here.
I’m usually not big into the Olympics or sports for that matter but when I saw Michael Phelps representing Baltimore tearing up the charts with gold medals and records, I had to see what all the fuss was about. The Olympics is a great way for all the world’s countries to show sportsmanship and respect for each through the competition of sports. It’s a beautiful thing. Another beautiful thing is the design behind the newly built Water Cube.
Breaking ground in 2003 and being completed more recently, the structure has a capacity of 17,000 during the Olympics. It is composed of steel space frame. The Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming events are being held there during the Olympics. What makes the design so successful is the the outer wall which is based on the Weaire-Phelan structure and look like soap suds. The way the light shines through the outer wall is breathtaking.