This Friday as London becomes the stage for the 2012 Olympic games, it’s hard to grasp just how much has happened. New arenas have been built, unfathomable amounts of technology have been put into place and scores of athletes have arrived, each ready to unleash every last ounce of honed-to-perfection competitive energy. As countries beam with pride — ours is cranked to 11 — it’s difficult not to get fired up.
But just in case you’ve been caught up in the workaday hustle, heart-aching events the world over or still have a lingering grudge that New York didn’t win the 2012 hosting bid, we’ve put together our 10 favorite videos we’ve seen so far. Of course, we’ve skipped the usual suspects and promotional fare that’s strewn across the TV and honed in on a range of videos and films from the cerebral to commercial. What better way to wile away that Wednesday afternoon lull?
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An animated short brought to you by BBC to convey what the spirit of the Olympic games means for everyone involved.
The trailer for Coke’s documentary on turning the sounds of the games into a hit pop song by Mark Ronson.
To many, table tennis is simply a way to blow off steam. We advise against trying to cut loose on these young Olympic hopefuls.
The Perfect Athlete
What does it take to stay on top in the Olympic games? Some of the most intense training in the world, coupled with state-of-the-art science and technology.
Town of Runners
It’s no secret some of the world’s most gifted runners hail from Africa. “Town of Runners” is a feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji — a small Ethiopian highland town that holds a special claim to fame. It has produced an extraordinary number of the world’s greatest distance athletes.
Origami in the Pursuit of Perfection
ASICS has played a role in every modern Olympic games since Athens. The founder gives us some insight on his humble beginnings.
Tour of the Olympic Park
Who says you need to fly to London to tour the Olympic Park? A pioneer of sustainability, this year’s venue is sure to impress.
AP Robotic Cameras at Summer Games
The sheer logistics of filming the Olympic games from every angle is staggering. This new robotics system will help with that.
Visit to the Paralympics Training Camp
The Paralympics training camp is just as rigorous as its counterpart.
Abstract art based on the movements of athletes.
Bonus: Chariots of Fire
You can’t have an Olympics video roundup without this classic. Not only does the song evoke feelings of triumph and hope, to us, it’s the song of the Summer Games.