Interactive Olympics Google Doodle – Hurdle

During the Olympics period, Google releases a new doodle for a featured sports event.  Today (7 Aug 2012) it is an interactive hurdle doodle which you could play and seek to break the world record!

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Hurdle

Simply click the play button to start the game.  You need to press the left and right arrow buttons to run, certainly the faster you press the faster you run.  Jump using the space bar.  I found it easier to play this mini game using a regularly-sized keyboard than using a mini keyboard on a notebook computer.  My result was merely 24.5s on my macbook.  You can try to test your luck (the current man’s 110m hurdle world record is 12.87s).

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Hurdle

So far Google released doodle for archery, diving, fencing, rings, field hockey, table tennis, shot put, pole vault, synchronized swimming and javelin.  The javelin google doodle was soon updated after the successful rover landing on Mars.

As always, the new doodle is only seen on Google search page at the corresponding local time.  If you can’t wait to see it, you can go to Google Australia or simply check out this official page:

Do you know this is not the first time Google made a doodle for hurdle?  Here is the 2004 Athens Olympics hurdle Google doodle.  Which one do you like?  The 2012 or 2004 doodle?


2004 Summer Olympics Hurdle Google Doodle


Google Doodle – 2012 London Olympics

As the London Olympics begins today (27 July 2012), it follows naturally that Google replaced its doodle with an Olympic one.  People in different countries should expect to see this doodle when 27 Jul comes in their local time.

This doodle shows five athletes of different sports (soccer, swimming, running/jumping, fencing and javelin throw) with the “Google” word held by them.  There is also a basketball which does not fit in anyone in the doodle.  While there are five athletes I should expect to see them dressing in 5 different colors same as the Olympics logo.  Interestingly, black is missing and replaced by white.

Google Doodle - 2012 London Olympic Games

The London Olympics is the 30th modern Olympic Games.  Over 10,000 athletes from 200+ countries will participate in 300+ events.  It starts today and will be closed on 12 August 2012, with some first-round football matches held earlier than the opening ceremony due to time limitation.  Most of the Games would be aired on TV while you should also be able to find ways to enjoy them on the internet.  Some TV networks such as NBC provides live coverage, you may search for other means of watching Olympics online by live streaming.  The full schedule of the Games could be found here.

Olympics Live Streaming

2012 Olympics Bookmarks, Web Apps and Extensions

The 2012 London Olympics is coming!  This big sports event is certainly one of the most expected major event of the year.  I can’t wait to watch the games, especially those I like such as diving, swimming, table tennis and gymnastics.  Unfortunately most games are carried out when I need to go to work.  Luckily there are web sites, web apps and extensions that could help people to follow the latest updates of the Olympics.  Here I selected a few to share with you:


2012 London Olympics Bookmarks

These are web sites that you should bookmark if you haven’t done so.  The first one is obviously the official London Olympics web site (  Here you can find the full schedule, results, news, photos, an online souvenir shop and much more information about the London Olympics.

London 2012 Olympics Official Web Site


The second one is the official site of the Olympic Movement (, where you can also find news about the games.  What I like about this site is the “Olympic Museum” section, where the history and interesting facts about the Olympics in the past century are shown.  Information about the coming Olympics in 2014, 2016 and 2018 (both summer and winter) are also provided!

Olympic Movement


In the social era, you certainly cannot afford to miss out the social channels of the Olympics.  Here are the official Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Google+ pages:


TV networks are also where you should spend time on.  Here are the official Olympics sites of NBC and BBC.  Search for your TV station if you do not live in the US or UK.


Olympics Live Streaming

2012 London Olympics Related Web Apps and Extensions

365 Scores is a featured web app in the Chrome Web Store.  It is a sports web app that delivers live news and scores of sports events.

365 Scores for London Olympics


Olympics 2012 – London is NOT an official extension, put it pulls data from a large collections of feeds to provide up-to-minute news about the Olympics.  What makes it a good choice to install in Chrome is the option to choose from feeds of individual sports.  The extension will then gather only those news related to relevant sports for you.

Olympics 2012 - London Extension


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