Google today is celebrating the opening ceremony of the London 2012
Olympics with a doodle. Friday's doodle shows 5 athletes playing
different Olympic sports.
This is not the first time that Google has
created a doodle for an Olympics ceremony. In 2008, there was a doodle
celebrating the opening ceremony of the Bejing Olympics on Aug 8, 2008.
This doodle showed the five Beijing Olympics mascots - BeiBei, JingJing,
HuanHuan, YingYing and NiNi - carrying the Olympic flag.
August 9, 2008 Google doodle celebrated the cycling competition with a
sheep wearing sunglasses riding a bicycle. The next day's doodle
celebrated the weight lifting championship. A cute little mouse lifting
heavy weights greeted google.com visitors on August 10, 2008. Perhaps
this doodle became a creative inspiration for the Cheddar Cheese's
famous mouse trap television commercial.
After bicycling and
weightlifting, next in line were diving, rhythmic gymnastics, rings,
basketball, badminton, soccer, rowing, ping pong, swimming, track and
field athletics, high jump, martial arts and baseball doodles being
featured during the Games. The theme for all doodles of Olympics 2008
was to show the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac playing various
There was also a doodle for the closing ceremony that
showed all the twelve animals having a gala time post the Games' wrap
up. This doodle was visible only in JAPAC countries.
In 2004, the
Olympics were held in the city of Athens and even then Google had rolled
out a doodle with a 'Greek Gods' theme to celebrate the occasion. There
were a total of thirteen doodles in this series that depicted Greek
Gods playing various games and celebrating the spirit of the Olympics.
2000 held in Sydney had doodles centred around Kangaroos. The opening
ceremony doodle, on September 15, 2000 showed a Kangaroo carrying the
Olympic torch. In this series too, there were a total of eleven doodles
with the last being that of the closing ceremony, which consisted of a
Kangaroo dancing on the podium with a big gold medal around its neck.
is expected that this year too Google will stay true to its tradition
and come out with a series of doodles spread across the next fifteen
days. But it is difficult to ascertain the focal point for this Olympics
doodle or how many doodles one might see.
Best Google doodles of 2012
For more Google doodles, visit this page.