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Google Olympics doodles imaginative, interactive

Christina DesMarais | Aug. 13, 2012
Google's doodles during these Olympics have ranged from tributes to athletes to collections of different sports. Some have been interactive. Others have harkened back to earlier times in history.

Google's doodles during these Olympics have ranged from tributes to athletes to collections of different sports. Some have been interactive. Others have harkened back to earlier times in history.

You'd have to live in a cave or under a rock to not know the 2012 London Olympics have been underway for the last 2 ½ weeks and were wrapping up Sunday.

But in case you missed any of the 17 Google doodles featured on its homepage that have accompanied the Games, here's a rewind.

Aug. 12

A summary doodle of sorts, this one is simple and shows 23 athletes from various sports on a turf amidst streamers, some of whom hold letters to the Internet search leader's name. Click on it and you'll land on a search results page for "closing ceremony," where you can learn that the event has been dubbed "the greatest after-party in the world."

Other tidbits: NBC changed course and will stream the event live to cable and satellite customers who visit NNCOlympics.com; performers will include the Spice Girls, The Who, George Michael and others; and Rio de Janeiro will give the world a taste of what to expect at the 2016 Olympics -- the first time South America will host the games.

Aug. 11

A nod to rhythmic gymnastics, this doodle shows a female athlete manipulating a ribbon in front of a crowd. The ribbon makes up the Os in Google's name. Gold medalist Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia said she has been doing gymnastics since the age of 6. "Since that time I have practiced every day, eight hours a day. I did exceedingly well and I am so happy I have succeeded," she said after receiving her medal.

Aug. 10 (Interactive)

The last of several interactive games Google concocted for its home page, in this one you get to be a soccer goalie. Using your left and right arrow keys you can move around in front of the net and tap the spacebar to jump and repel balls an opponent fires at you. The better you are, the faster they fly. Google gives you a score that reflects your performance. If you're proud of how you did you can share the number on Google+. Play the game at the Google doodle gallery.

Aug. 9 (Interactive)

Slolam Canoe takes the spotlight in this doodle and by using your left and right arrow buttons you can manipulate your canoeist through gates. It's not easy, however, and you will lose speed for crashing into a stone, frog or side bank. Get virtually wet at the Google doodle gallery.

Aug. 8 (Interactive)

In this interactive doodle your goal is to try to shoot as many baskets as you can before the 24-second shot clock runs out. Tap the spacebar once to power up your shot and tap again to release the ball. Visit the Google doodle gallery to play.

 

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