As many commentators have observed, the 2012 London Olympics are the first "social media games" — and boy, are they. Not only does Twitter provide a platform for breaking results and discussing sports, it also gives fans the opportunity to connect with their idols. Just check out the way these folks are using Twitter to bring a whole new level of audience participation to the Olympic games:
Here is the best video you will see from an entire weekend of Olympic sports: U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman's parents reacting to her bar routine during today's team qualifiers (Raisman scored a 14.166). Dear NBC: for training your cameras on this, everything is forgiven. This is what I look like when I watch Olympic sports. [Thanks to Deadspin's Timothy Burke for the video.]
These two guys are trying out some impressive moves on the horizontal bars. Their timing, not so impressive. Watch as the double fail of crotch-centric pain unfolds.
What do you get when you cross a wooden pole and orange Speedos with moves that would make the 1996 Women's Olympic gymnastic team jealous? Why, the sport of Indian pole gymnastics of course!
Maybe it was the Soulja Boy song in the background that distracted this athlete. Whatever it was, he sure won't be headed to the Olympics any time soon.
Gymnasts' movements are generally supposed to be graceful and elegant. Generally. Other times (like this one), they're clumsy and painful.
If you ever feel bad about ignoring the "proud begging" kids who dance on the subway, just remember this video of the time they kicked over a toddler.
Being on live television is stressful enough, could you imagine having to have to land complicated acrobatic moves at the same time? Unfortunately these people didn't succeed.
And today's gold medal for dumb stunts goes to a kid who tried doing a handstand on the hood of his car. Does GEICO cover "stupidity damage?"
A new book called Chalked Up by ex-gymnast Jennifer Sey appears to confirm what many of us have long suspected: gymnastics is a weird and creepy sport. Not the tumbling and flipping part; that's cool enough. But the entire gymnastics complex that takes little girls and hammers them into world class athletes with eating disorders is a little sickening. And all those middle-aged men coaching—what are they doing there? I choose to sweepingly judge the lot of them as shady characters. Sey's experiences, related in a new interview with Salon, certainly reinforce that impression:
This is an admittedly very cool new ad for Audi, in which a whole bunch of "powerful Hungarian gymnasts" run through an impeccably choreographed routine of flips and, uh, other gymnastic moves that are meant to symbolize the inner workings of the Audi RS6's engine. The car costs over $150,000, so it better have some damn fine inner workings [Guardian UK]. Our only issue with the ad is that they could have gotten the break dance crew in Washington Square Park to do this entire routine for about $87, so if they paid the Hungarians more than that, they just got ripped off. Click to watch the automotive performance art.