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Awesome Olympics

AI Learns to Run a 100m Dash

AI Learns to Run a 100m Dash

Proving you must crawl before you walk or run, AI Warehouse tasked a group of five AI agents with completing a 100-meter dash. Each was trained using Deep Reinforcement Learning to reward them for correct behaviors and punish them for incorrect ones. Eventually, they get their boxy butts off the line and wobble their way through the course.

The Duality of Sport

The Duality of Sport

(PG-13: Language) “The only thing that makes every Olympian the same… is that we all want to win a f**king gold medal.” Filmmaker Jeff Alper followed fencer Race Imbolden before and after winning his medal at the 2021 Olympic Games, offering a glimpse into how an athlete’s mindset shifts after the adrenaline wears off.

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Rémi Gaillard’s Olympics

Rémi Gaillard’s Olympics

Long-time prankster Rémi Gaillard couldn’t make it to the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, so he put on his own version of the event wherever he could find the room. Rémi competes against himself in events such as the random lady’s purse toss, downhill moving walkway kayaking, and car wash surfing.

Concatenation 2: Olympic Game

Concatenation 2: Olympic Game

Video artist Donato “Milkyeyes” Sansone combined footage of Olympic athletes performing a variety of movements, from gymnastics to diving to track and field events, seamlessly melding together their motions so they look like one extended routine. The technique is a refinement of his earlier clip, Concatenation.

Trolling the Olympics

Trolling the Olympics

The #1 requirement for getting into the Olympics is that you’re an exceptional athlete. Half as Interesting explains how in 2018, a woman managed to hustle her way into an event at the Pyeongchang games with not much more ability than a bunny hill skier. You can watch Elizabeth Swaney’s amazingly mediocre ski half-pipe run here.

Shaun White’s Mario Run

Shaun White’s Mario Run

Shaun White’s gold medal-winning Halfpipe run in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was pretty epic all on its own. But Dylan “Tater Tot” Tate decided to give it a little more sparkle and shine with the addition of visuals and sound effects from Super Mario Bros.

Inspiring Pyeongchang Moments

Inspiring Pyeongchang Moments

Thanks to our friends at Toyota, we had the good fortune to visit this year’s Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. From the athletes to spectators to the Koreans who ran the show, the Olympics showcased the best of people in these trying times.

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Steel Wool Fire Olympic Rings

Steel Wool Fire Olympic Rings

Maker Gustav Evertsson paid tribute to the 2018 Winter Olympics with a neat build. He created a series of motorized blades which he loaded up with steel wool and set ablaze. The resulting persistence of vision illusion reveals a fiery version of the iconic 5-ring Olympic logo.

Pyeongchang Olympics Drone Display

Pyeongchang Olympics Drone Display

To kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics, Intel launched 1218 drones, which formed the image of an athlete, then the olympic rings, as athletes mirrored the image below. The drone layer was pre-recorded for the live broadcast due to logistical issues, but it was still breathtaking.

2020 Olympics Ambassadors

2020 Olympics Ambassadors

Olympic ambassadors are chosen from the host country’s exemplary citizens. Since the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, who better to represent Japan than the likes of the seventh hokage and a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan? Troll level: Shin-chan.

Celebratory Slam

Celebratory Slam

Japanese wrestler Risako Kawai showed the world a new wrestling tradition when she won the gold medal in the women’s 53kg freestyle division at Rio 2016. This should be done in every sport. Spike the coach, dunk the coach…

Golf Returns to the Games

Golf Returns to the Games

Rio 2016 ended golf’s 112-year absence from the Olympics, but being a quiet sport many folks are not aware that it’s back. Beer maker Michelob thought they’d give golf a tongue-in-cheek boost using a simple yet effective edit.

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The Onion: The Archer’s Dilemma

The Onion: The Archer’s Dilemma

“At this point, the pupils dilate, attempting to pick off the slowest people attempting to run away.” The Onion continues its faux Olympics coverage by looking at how competitive archers suppress the urge to plant an arrow on someone’s face.

Nike: Unlimited Together

Nike: Unlimited Together

“We, the People, would like you to know that wherever you go we’re right by your side.” Chance the Rapper performs an original song for Nike’s sponsored Olympians. Please support the USA men’s basketball team in their quest to win gold by a bazillion points.

LWT: Opening Ceremony

LWT: Opening Ceremony

(PG-13: Language) With the 2016 Olympics underway, Last Week Tonight looks at NBC’s godawful coverage of the opening ceremony, Brazil’s sleazy acting President, the first ever Refugee Olympic Team and more.

What I Love about the Olympics

What I Love about the Olympics

“Watching who can run fastest in a straight line for 9 seconds gives me hours of enjoyment.” Our beloved ultra spiritual guru JP shares his thoughts on gymnastics, the unpredictable USA men’s basketball and other Olympic sports.

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