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London 2012 Google Doodle Interactive: Hurdles

Today’s track and field themed Google Doodle lets searchers play at jumping hurdles: Use the arrows to move the runner’s feet and the space bar to jump. Have fun.

Love a doodle.

 

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Remote Control Cars in Track and Field: The Mini, Mini Cooper

There I am, watching NBC’s Saturday late night coverage (I need my Mary fix) of the women’s discus final, when the commentators call my attention to a mini Mini Cooper cruising around the field.

I’m sorry, what?

Yes, in true British fashion, mini remote control Mini Coopers are being used to ferry items (discus, javelin, shot-put, and hammers) back to athletes. Each car can carry up to about 18 pounds of cargo, at about 1/4 the size of an actual Mini.

Objects are loaded via… the sunroof, clearly.

Also, according to NBC commentary (which is never wrong) there is a petition to get Mary Carillo on Twitter, and I’m pretty sure everyone should get on that action.

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Awesome Olympic Names: Spotlight on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

It’s not everyday you have a double-hyphenation in a name, and while it is true that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce deserves non-ridiculous, achievement-based coverage, Words to Bumble is still going ahead and commending her on an awesome Olympic name and for being so charming and bubbly in her overall demeanor.

Also loving her for her utterly calm, confident and chill pre-race bearing. Even before the 100m dash final, there is she, strutting to her place, body language declaring, “Whatever, I’m going to win. You guys are all silly.”

And she did, in 10.75, just .03 ahead of American Carmelita Jeter, with fellow Jamaican Veronica Campell-Brown clocking in at 10.81.

In case you live under a rock, Fraser-Pryce was defending her 2008 title from Beijing (run in 10.78), when the 100m dash medals were swept by Jamaican women. Hers was the first 100m gold medal won by a Jamaican woman at the Olympics.

Other awesome things about Fraser-Pryce: her 2008 win in Beijing allowed her the opportunity to continue her education and become the first member of her family to earn a degree. Also, her mother once threatened a man with a cutlass after a young Fraser-Pryce told her mother that he had been harassing her and saying that it was about time she start having sex—which is pretty badass of her mom.

Fraser-Pryce is still up to run in the 200m and the 4x100m relay over the course of next week.

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Humans Do This: Steeplechase

I am late for yet another party.

Last week, in all the excitement leading up to both the Olympics, I was expounding on how much I love to watch steeplechasing. I was referring to horses (apparently for the Olympics we are supposed to refer to this as Equestrian Jumping?), which caused mild confusion because, I am informed—oh-my-life—there are humans who steeplechase and this is completely new information to me. 

I simply cannot comprehend how I have missed this wonderment over the years of my avid Olympic viewing.

I mean, there are water traps. Why is this a thing? Who declared this as a thing? It’s too amazing to me, and I am so excited about it.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the history of steeplechasing humans: “The event originated in the British Isles. Runners raced from one town’s steeple to the next. The steeples were used as markers due to their visibility over long distances. Along the way runners inevitably had to jump streams and low stone walls separating estates. The modern athletics event originates from a two-mile (3.2 km) cross country steeplechase that formed part of the Oxford University sports (in which many of the modern athletics events were founded) in 1860. It was replaced in 1865 by an event over barriers on a flat field, which became the modern steeplechase. It has been an Olympic event since the inception of the modern Olympics, though with varying lengths. Since the 1968 Summer Olympics the steeplechase in the Olympics has been dominated byKenyan athletes, including a clean sweep of the medals at the 2004 Games.”

So awkwardly British.

I mean, true, the gates are not nearly as beauteous as those enjoyed by the equine athletes, but it’s just not a perfect world.

About those barriers: unlike hurdles, they do not fall if you hit them—you just hit them.

The men’s qualifiers were Friday, the final will be on Sunday. Women’s heats  are Saturday and the final will be on Monday. Note it. Watch it.

Humans do this.

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