Mary and her sticky rice
What’s the secret to Mary Kom’s success in the world of boxing? If you think training three hours every day has been the mantra for the five-time world champion, not quite. The 30-year-old mother of twins derives all her strength from a special variety of rice that is produced only in her state, Manipur.
Mary, who has to maintain her weight at 51kgs, lives on a diet of this special ‘sticky’ white rice, lot of vegetables and sometimes, dry meat (beef). She loves to cook her own food but may not get this luxury in the Games Village in London!
Hollywood-style Olympic rings
London has picked a leaf out of Hollywood’s book. Giant 15-metre wide aluminium rings have been installed on the side of Box Hill and are set to provide a spectacular backdrop to the Olympic road race, as well as Surrey’s London 2012 celebrations.
The Olympic rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport. The rings on Box Hill are the latest to be installed at iconic locations across the United Kingdom, with further rings visible at landmarks such as Tower Bridge in London.
The International Olympic Committee is making a massive effort to reach out to fans and media by providing them with new and exciting vehicles with which to experience the Games. This included the launch of the Olympic Athletes’ Hub, where the Twitter and Facebook streams of past and present Olympians are aggregated for quick and easy reference, allowing users to track top tweets and trending athletes in real time.
Another light-hearted addition is the Olympic Challenge, a social game that asks fans to predict the outcomes of the sports competitions at London 2012. Participants will compete against their friends and other fans around the world, with rankings, updated daily, posted on a leader board. The Olympic Challenge is integrated with Facebook and Open Graph, allowing Facebook users to share their predictions with their friends and encourage social competition.
The Media Art Collection - “Blue Crystal Ball” - is the latest initiative of Samsung’s “Everyone’s Olympic Games” campaign and is part of the official programme of the London Cultural Olympiad. The exhibition features contemporary video artworks created to embrace the Olympic spirit and enrich the Olympic experience for everyone.
Samsung’s association with the Olympic Movement began almost 25 years ago when the company became a local sponsor of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Since the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the company has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, providing its proprietary wireless communications platform.
Not just samba
Former FIFA World champions Brazil may be sentimental favourites to win their first ever Olympic football medal, but a piece of Latin mystique is already making its presence felt in London. The city of Rio de Janeiro will be the host city of the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in 2016 and London is already savouring some Brazilian culture.
An exhibition, called 'From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century', will run until September 8 and will be housed at Casa Brasil in London’s Somerset House, the home of the Brazilian Olympic Committee during London 2012.
Bringing together the best of Brazilian art and design, the exhibition will celebrate the country’s rich culture and will showcase 33 artists and designers, featuring both emerging and established names from each of Brazil’s regions to represent the vibrant art scene across the country.
Curated by Brazilian art historian Rafael Cardoso, all of the works have been created in the past ten years and cover the country’s contemporary output in all its forms including installation pieces, painting, photography, video and sculpture.