Emotions run rampant for competing Olympians and having a strong support system is crucial to their success. Here’s a look at the wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, coaches, teammates, friends and family who support their athletic superstars and celebrate their victories during this monumental competition.
The Olympic spirit continues to swell throughout London invoking a frenzy of fan activity at this year’s Summer Games. Wigs, posters, hats, kangaroos, face paint, and for some, butt paint, adorn these super fans as they cheer their champions on to victory.
As we continue to look at the art of motion at the 2012 Olympics in London, here’s a selection of photos highlighting the competitive world of swimming and diving from under the surface. They include Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, and Ryan Lochte.
Photographers featured: Michael Dalder (Reuters), Al Bello (Getty Images) and Francois Xavier Marit (AFP).
In 2012, we’re very lucky to have unparalleled access to images from world events, such as those zipping through the wires from the Summer Olympic Games in London. And with the vast technological advances in digital photography, these images have become increasingly more intimate. This has led to a number of reports pointing out the tattoos adorning the bodies of this year’s athletes. And here’s another one.
Tweeting isn’t officially a sport at this year’s Olympic Games in London, but the social media site is certainly having a bigger impact than any one event. Just in the games’ first week, Twitter has been responsible for a police investigation, two athletes being sent home, corporate protests and, of course, some wacky off-the-cuff comments. Here are some of the highlights:
The Darkroom highlights the art of motion by featuring some of the best experimental photography being taken at the 2012 Olympics in London. Weightlifting, canoeing and badminton are a few of the latest sports to be added to the creative series below.
The following gallery highlights the use of multiple exposures, fish-eye lenses and extended exposures in creating artistic sports shots.
Young athletes light Olympic cauldron during Opening Ceremony to kick off 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Rock stars, smokestacks, nurses, Union flags, spectators, fireworks, a meadow and… sheep. (Oh, and a Queen, a parachuting Queen, a Beatle, a large Lord Voldemort, a nod to British Literature and David Beckham on a speedboat).
The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games have officially begun in a verdant display of British glory. The man behind the ceremony is no other than Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, known for films including “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting.” The budget for the ceremony is less than half of the estimated spending on the Beijing equivalent in 2008, reported Reuters, coming in at about 27 million pounds or $42 million.
Over the course of the next 17 days, some 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will compete for an Olympic gold.
Some 8,000 people will carry the Olympic flame over the 70-day Torch Relay until July 27, when the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony will be ignited in London to kick off the Olympic games.
Here’s a look at the past 70 days as the Olympic flame has been making its way throughout the United Kingdom.
Athletes from around the world were welcomed and greeted by a colorful parade of performers ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Olympic Park. Like a sight out of Dorothy’s visit to the Emerald City, each country was honored at the Welcoming Ceremony. Dancing, waving, and celebrating the competitive sport of the Games, participants also had an opportunity to sign the Truce Wall.