The theme for today’s doodle is table tennis. On the sixth day of the London 2012 Olympics, Google has put up a new doodle dedicated to table tennis.
The London 2012 table tennis doodle features two players – a right handed player and a left handed player – playing table tennis. The blade of the tennis table bat in the hand of the left-handed player is shown as the second ‘O’ of the term Google. And the rest of the letters of “Google” are written on the net, which is used to divide the table.
Thursday’s doodle is the third table tennis doodle posted by Google during the Olympic Games. The first table tennis doodle was posted during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the second during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The table tennis events at London 2012 Olympics are scheduled from 28 July to 8 August. There are four table tennis events that are schedueld to be contested – men’s and women’s Singles, men’s and women’s Team.
The number of participants in table tennis events are 172 – 86 men and 86 women. Each country is limited to three men and three women across all events, and to two athletes in each Singles event.
The court is 18m x 9m; the Table Tennis table itself is 2.74m long and 1.525m wide. It is 76cm above the floor and divided in half by a 15.25cm high net.
Since Table Tennis joined the Olympic programme in 1988, China has won 20 of the 24 available gold medals.
Table Tennis is based on the same basic principles as Tennis, but it has a very different scoring system, and a ball weighing just 2.7g.
Table Tennis balls are hollow, made of celluloid and weigh approximately 2.7g. Other names for Table Tennis include ‘Ping Pong’, ‘Whiff Waff’ and ‘Flim Flam’, reflecting the sound of the ball being struck and bouncing off the table.
On Day 5 (Wednesday), Google posted a new doodle dedicated to hockey, that also happens to be India’s National Game. The doodle features a female player, holding a hook-shaped stick, playing on a hockey pitch. The doodle looks simple; neither the letter ‘L’ of Google has been replaced with the hockey stick nor the two Os of ‘Google’ have been replaced with balls. However, the doodle features a ball on the pitch. The six letters of Google are placed near the boundary, with second ‘O’ and third ‘G’ hidden behind the player. Wednesday’s doodle was the first ever field hockey doodle posted by Google.
On Day 4 (Tuesday), Google had put up the London 2012 Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Rings that showed a mustachioed gymnast performing. The two Os of the Google logo were formed by the rings. The London 2012 Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Rings doodle was the fifth Google doodle this Olympics.
On Day 3 (Monday), the doodle on the Google home page showed two fencers fighting against each other using bladed weapons. The letter ‘L’ in Google was shown as one of the bladed weapons being used by one of the fencers, while a helmet on the head of a fencer was modishly depicted as the first ‘O’.
On Day 2(Sunday) of London 2012, Google posted the London 2012 Diving Google doodle that showed a female diver in position for the plunge on the diving board over a pool that had the Google logo painted on the bottom.
On Day 1 (Saturday) of London 2012, Google posted an archery doodle that had a female archer taking aim at a bullseye, the target is strategically placed over the middle ‘o’ on the Google logo painted on the wall.
On Friday, Google put up its London 2012 Opening Ceremony doodle that showed five athletes on the track holding the letters of the Google logo. The Olympic disciplines depicted on the Google Olympics opening ceremony doodle were football, swimming/diving, running/jumping, javelin throw, fencing and basketball.
Google’s daily Olympic doodle tradition began back in 2000 during the Sydney Olympics and continued through the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City, USA), 2004 Athens Olympics, 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.