Lego Olympics: Sporting triumphs re-enacted in stop-motion

From Usain Bolt's blazing 100-meter dash victory to the women's gymnastics competition, memorable Olympics moments can be viewed in the form of stop-motion Lego action.

Shin Lam in Legos
South Korean fencer Shin Lam in Lego form. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Somebody contemplated the Olympics and thought, "Sure, this is exciting and all, but what it really needs is to be re-enacted with interlocking pieces of plastic." The Lego Olympics were born.

The stop-motion videos from The Guardian range from memorable moments like Usain Bolt's victory in the Fastest Man Alive competition to Shin Lam's sit-down fencing protest.

The women's fencing semi-final takes place with Lego Storm Trooper helmets as fencing masks, a feature I would like to see applied to the real-life sport.

The Lego Olympics scrubs the sweat, grimaces, and tears from the competition, but we get all the excited commentary, crowd noises, and slow-motion replays.

All things considered, the movement of the Lego characters does a surprisingly good job of conveying the thrill of victory and the sorrow of defeat.

We're already dealing with tape-delay broadcasts of some of the top Olympics events. Why not wait just a little longer for the the Lego version?

 

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