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Go for Gold!

23
Jul
2012
 

By Jessie

Every four years the nations of the world descend upon a reverential host city in an epic battle for sporting glory. Top athletes in high-performance lycra parade around the opening ceremony arena, embodying the pride of their home countries and igniting passion in the hearts of millions.

For the duration of The Games we citizens of the globe are united by our common humanity, sweeping aside cultural, religious, social and political differences and striving together in the pursuit of Faster! Higher! Stronger! (not to mention, laughing at Spain’s bad outfits…)

Old grievances are forgotten and new friendships forged - we hail passing strangers in the street to debate the intricacies of synchronised swimming and handball. When The Games reach their zenith, you can almost feel the spirit of Zeus; the ancient God cupping his hands around his mouth and yelling from the top of Mt. Olympus "harden up suckers! In my day all you’d win was a wreath of laurel leaves and if you lost, you’d be chained to the sun where an angry buzzard would pick your eyes out for eternity…"

But I digress. The Olympics are of course a BIG. DEAL. And even as hopelessly un-sporty as I am, I have to admit, I do get caught up in the excitement of the event, with all the rituals and mythology and lung-busting record-breaking (if not the po-faced rules and doping scandals).

While sport is clearly not the answer to all our earthly problems, reading the inspirational stories of champions makes a refreshing change from the usual political disputes and corporate corruption that usually dominates our daily media. 

Here at YouPlay, it’s no secret we love a reason to eat snacks, watch the telly, and pretend to be athletic, so we’ve donned our best tracksuits and constructed a torch out of a rolled-up old financial report and a tea-light candle. Sadly, we’re unable to replicate the track and field events in the office – although we do have a dusty ping pong table and a couple of left-over Christmas streamers for the Rhythmic Gymnastics. 

But it wouldn’t be fun if YOU couldn’t join in! So we’ve launched our Go for Gold! Trivia Tournament so you too can engage in a battle… of the minds. There are great prizes to be won - and a BONUS prize upgrade if you achieve a medal-winning score and are wearing our official Games Avatar item.

Enter the Go for Gold! Trivia Tournament!

Finally, have you ever wondered what shenanigans the inanimate objects on your kitchen table get up when you leave the room? I wonder about this ALL THE TIME but now this video has revealed all…

Jess x

PS: What's your favourite Olympic event? 

 

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11 Responses to

Go for Gold!

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July 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Cute video....Congrats to the creator. My favourite Olympic sport has to be gymnastics with diving a close second. I have to admit wasting many hours as I wait for them coming up....soon....3 hours later.

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July 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

hey jess good video have been playing that go for gold is a good game i like all the events talk about wasting time

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margr said:
July 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

My fav. sport in Olympics is all of the swimming including synchronized

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rockhen said:
July 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

All the games just love em, any chance we get to hunt for gold medals or swimming gear or gymnastics apparatus in an Olympic themed hunt, that would be fun

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July 24, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Ditto for swimming, I love the nail-biting finishes

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July 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I l-o-v-e the equestrian events. I know many people find them drawn out and boring but, if you love horses, seeing the caliber of horses competing is a delight. If I had my life o to live again,I would be a show jumper and a pole vaulter (no link, I just admire them both).

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pdiaco said:
July 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If I had my life over again I'd be 130.

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gracie10 said:
July 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

mmm ... i like your point pdiaco. My favourite events would be swimming and diving, I'm with you Jafa on the equestrian, I love watching the horses, they look absolutely gorgeous and are so well schooled.

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Witch1 said:
July 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I love the shooting and archery - the skill and accuracy. But the bods in diving are well worth the time to watch

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ColinJD said:
July 30, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Beach Volleyball

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Georgia71 said:
August 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM

GOOD LUCK to all the Paralympians currently in London and CONGRATULATIONS to those who have already won medals !