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A List of Every London Olympics–Inspired Google Doodle

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By India Kushner on August 9, 2012


Google first started using “doodles” in 1998, even before the company became a legal corporation. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to change the company logo to show their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They put a stick-figure drawing behind the second o in the Google logo as a funny way to show users that the founders were “out of the office.”

In 2000, the pair asked the current webmaster Dennis Hwang to make a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so popular that Dennis became Google’s “chief doodler,” and since then, Google has created more than 1,000 doodles for homepages around the world.

Obviously, doodles over the past few weeks have had an Olympic theme. Here is an ongoing list of every one, from the Opening Ceremony to today:

Olympics Opening Ceremony

Archery

Diving

Fencing

Rings

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Field Hockey

Table Tennis

Shot Put

Pole Vault

Synchronized Swimming

Javelin

Hurdles

The hurdles doodle included a game where users had to run and jump over hurdles:

Basketball

This doodle had users trying to make as many baskets as possible before time ran out:

Slalom Canoe

Today’s doodle has users paddling down a river and trying to go through gates while avoiding rocks and weird, frog-like creatures.

To be continued!

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