#London2012 – Google’s very sporting Doodle honours the 2012 Olympic Games

27 Jul 2012

With just hours to go until the opening ceremony of London 2012 – what is billed to be the most digital games yet – Google has created a Doodle worthy of a gold medal itself.

The latest illustration for Google’s homepage features a footballer, swimmer, runner, javelin thrower, fencer, and a stray basketball sneaking into the mix, representing the diversity of sport about to hit our screens – whether big, small, mobile or HDTV – over the next 17 days.

The opening ceremony takes place at 9pm and will attempt to showcase the UK’s finest with a cast of 15,000 performers.

More than 4bn people are expected to tune into the event, which will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle.

The theme of the opening ceremony is ‘Isles of Wonder’ and, among the host nation’s display of everything British, viewers can expect to see a parade of the world’s competing athletes and the final leg of the journey for the Olympic flame, lighting the cauldron to signal the beginning of the Games.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.