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O-Minus 14: We Sing More of the Songs

It’s not just Rio that has a ton of music, other countries also have their own “official songs” for the Olympics to pump up athletes and fans. Here’s a look at some of them:

Katy Perry dropped song for NBC, the American TV network broadcasting the Games. Cue the nightly montage clips:

If you’re across the pond, you’ll be hearing a lot of Jamie N Commons, which the BBC will play in heavy rotation:

Meanwhile, football legend Pele created his own Olympic theme for his country (dude was the greatest footballer ever and he plays bossa nova):


Team USA declared its own official song, selecting The Band Perry’s “Live Forever”:


If you listen to them, you’ll get that slowish, inspirational, this is deep vibe. Truly inspirational? Maybe, after we’ve heard them a bunch. What do you think? Catchy, or clichéd? If you know of any others, please keep us posted!


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O-Minus 15: We Sing Rio’s Songs

Is it just me, or are there a lot of songs for this year’s Olympics? Particularly from Rio 2016 itself–it’s not like you’ve got venues to finish or anything, but man, have you been good about cranking out the tunes.

First, the Olympic Flame had barely gone out in London, when you released this gem by de Arlindo Druz and Arlindo Neto e Rogê:


Then there’s the official song of the Olympic Torch Relay: “Vida de Viajante” (“Life of a Traveller”) by Luiz Gonzaga.


Then you have the “50 days ’til the Games–GET EXCITED” song by Negabi and Isadora:


And then you have the official Rio 2016 song “Alma E Coracao” by Thiaquinho and Projota:


Will any of these stick in our ears for years to come?

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O-Minus 17: What’s Your Olympic Artwork?

Yesterday we talked about Rio 2016’s posters and the cool factor of Olympic artwork. But it doesn’t have to be limited to what the IOC or an Organizing Committee produces–well, maybe, if you intend to sell it and want to use IOC branding property, but we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about how you display your Olympic mementos.

One of the more awesome things for sale during the London 2012 Games was the Lego figurine. Better still–it came in a mystery package, so you didn’t know which one you’d gotten until you’d opened the package.

A British connection procured some of these for me and my friends, and after seeing how one of my friends used a shadow box for her trio, I decided to as well and added a Team GB logo to go with the collection.

Team GB

What sorts of things have you done with your Olympic souvenirs? I’m looking at you, pin collectors–how do you display what you have so you can enjoy it and see how cool your artifacts are on a daily basis?

Where’s the torch?

We’ve been a little behind on the torch relay. Today it’s in Barretos, a city in the northern part of the state of São Paulo. Getting closer!!!

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O-Minus 18: Olympic Art

What do you think of the posters for the Rio Games? There are 13 of them altogether, produced by 12 Brazilian artists and one Colombian.

Here’s one of the options, but you can check them all out at this site.

This one’s actually one of my favorites out of the bunch because it seems more Olympic than, say, these five (though if you read the press release, you’ll notice these are on the bottom):

Put that top choice with these two, and you have my three favorites (and noticeably at the top of the press release). To me, the left one does a great job of relating place, and the center is classic Olympics (though it doesn’t differentiate Rio much). The right is my favorite–it’s the rings and the flame rethought, and it’s a good emblem for Rio, the flame/city rising out of the Olympics:

There are some other really cool ones in the bunch, so check them out.

Olympic posters and artwork are really important for conveying the message and spirit of a given Olympics. A guy named Algars put together a retrospective look at Olympic posters that spans all the Olympic Games. It’s so interesting to see how the artwork has changed throughout the years, how some posters look classic; how others look dated–and maybe not even “dated” in a bad way, but as more finite time capsule of an event, rather than an enduring legacy.

Want to know more about Olympic artwork? The Olympic Museum’s put together a handy guide about Olympic Games posters.