As stated in an earlier post, I do indeed believe that the arts and athletics can and do go together in some situations. That being the case, here are some wonderfully artistic photographs capturing the athletic feats that have occurred thus far in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Gabby Douglas of the U.S., women’s all-round gymnastics champion.
Michael Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian of all-time, dominates in a 200m event.
Gold Medal winner and vault specialist Mckayla Maroney.
Oscar Pistorius, the first Olympian without legs, makes history in Track and Field.
Jessica Ennis of Great Britian fulfills overwhelming expectations to win the Heptathlon.
Perhaps it’s because of my Pittsburgh roots (it’s a huge sports town), or maybe it’s the “guys’ guy” side of my personality, or then again maybe it’s something completely different. Whatever the case may be, I am a definite sports fan.
So, being one who enjoys such things as well as my obvious love for the arts, I asked myself, “can sports be artistic?” And the answer I came up with is YES.
Let’s take for example the upcoming Olympic Games in London, England. Surely the opening and closing ceremonies are always filled with artistry. However, one can easily (and rightfully) argue that these specific events are not sports, even if they are related to the concept.
But once the games get underway, we merely have to point to the competitions that rely on judging to prove that athletics can indeed be artsy.
Some such examples include:
Gymnastics (Especially rhythmic)
All of these, and many more events, rely heavily on technique, style and originality, all very common elements in the arts.
In fact, even the games that are probably rarely associated with artistry such as basketball and boxing for example, always praise participants for technique and grace.
It’s interesting it you think about it, huh.