WGG Comcast Episode 9: Citius, Altius, Fortius

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Theme Music: Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Summon the Heroes, and USSR Anthem

TOPICS

Opening Ceremony

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/will-the-2012-olympics-revitalize-east-london/2012/03/21/gIQA26xzcS_story.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Olympic_Stadium

  • Did certain sections of the opening ceremony drag on too long?
  • How was the lighting of the cauldron and the symbolic handover?

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/06/17/olympics.london.boyle/index.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/27/world/europe/olympics-opening-ceremony-danny-boyle-profile/index.html

  • Did the creative director get it right?
  • How does it compare to Beijing?

Behind the Scenes

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/22/us-g4s-contracts-idUSBRE86L09F20120722

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/london-feels-more-like-a-military-base-than-an-olympic-park/260294/

  • How bad was the failing of G4S?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704025304575284841380683082.html

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/10/156368611/chinas-post-olympic-woe-how-to-fill-an-empty-nest

  • Can the venues have another life afterwards?

http://www.theday.com/article/20120729/ENT18/307299975/1044

  • Are the mascots disgusting?

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-07-26/olympic-games-london-mcdonalds-nutrition/56514206/1

  • Are the Olympics' sponsors ironic?

Country Analysis

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/kevin-durant-scores-22-us-men-open-olympic-basketball-tournament-with-98-71-win-over-france/2012/07/29/gJQAj6CIIX_story.html

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/30/157581912/in-olympic-swimming-records-smashed-hopes-dashed

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/u-women-soccer-team-beats-colombia-olympics-fan-100600653--oly.html

  • US: Basketball, Swimming, Women's Soccer

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ainslie-2nd-finn-class-opener-121506977--oly.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/cycling/9436369/London-2012-Olympics-Team-GBs-Bradley-Wiggins-in-shape-to-make-history-in-cycling-time-trial.html

http://www.reuters.com/london-olympics-2012/articles/football/2012/07/29/veteran-skipper-giggs-leads-britain-victory

  • UK: Sailing, Cycling, Men's Soccer

http://news.yahoo.com/slick-brits-shock-china-gymnastics-165617814--oly.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Olympic_medalists_in_weightlifting#Women

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/sports/olympics/china-brings-its-past-to-ping-pongs-birthplace.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/16/london-2012-qiu-bo-tom-daley?newsfeed=true

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-29/china-adds-olympic-golds-in-shooting-diving-at-london-games

dalton32389's picture

i thought this was a joke at first but you kept talking about the olympics. this was out of the blue. did you guys mention this last cast? you'd think a trip to the london olympics would be something to mention in episode 8. not sure how this falls into the wgg community but heres hoping the next one is game related. no disrespect.

Scumbagb3n's picture

Off topic but still interesting.

swu's picture

@dalton32389, @Scumbagb3n

Don't worry, rest assured the episode was a one-off joke. The timing for this one is off anyways, coming right after a 2 Chimps and not 2 weeks after the last cast. 

We were kind of riffing on the idea of in-depth analysis of "games", so to speak. 

The next one will be back to business, what you've come to expect.

RareDaniel46's picture

Nice to see a different side to you guys!

Solifluktion's picture

I wish I had been able to watch the first few days of the Olympics to coincide with your podcast.

Well, it was still entertaining though.

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