2012 was a year full of watercooler moments. Some very distracting ones at that, as the Olympics and UEFA European championship interfered perfectly with the Moving Brands work calendar. It doesn’t help when live online streaming of events has become far more accessible. As a nation we gathered around our screens to watch these momentous events, from the sporting world and beyond. In the first week of London 2012 Olympics, the BBC experienced record numbers of people accessing their Games coverage online and across mobile, tablet, connected TV and the Red-Button. YouTube also had a record year, with 8 million viewers live streaming Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos jump from space.
If there was something I missed, I know I have the usual iPlayer and those alike to fall back on. The majority of days though, I find myself on YouTube instead as it’s the only site where you can watch that Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal everyone talked about, and a few related links later, watch an instructional video on how to make bubble rings under water. It’s clear that long gone are the days of checking the Radio Times magazine.
Below I have compiled my personal ‘did you see that’ moments from 2012 which were made possible from live streaming or lazy sunday afternoons catching up on YouTube. Not to forget the all the blogs and emails at work.
Please note the list is in no particular order, they are all of an impeccably high level.
1. Epke Zonderland claims high bar gold for Netherlands
Olympic fever hit London this summer, and it was great to see the Brits hit a record medal tally. However, I was particularly impressed with Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland’s performance in the high bar, which was simply brilliant. He pulled off the hardest release combination – a Cassina to Kovacs to Kolman (whatever that means) – to become the first male Dutch gymnast to win Olympic gold.
2. Blake Griffin of LA Clippers Dunks on Kendrick Perkins
So Lebron James got his NBA championship in 2012, but “oh me oh my!”
3. Torstein Horgmo Perfect triple cork at the X games Big Air Final
A 1080 is boring now. How about a 1440 backside triple cork? The level of Snowboarding now is frightening and I look forward to the 2014 winter olympics when we will see the introduction of the Slopestyle event.
4. Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull Stratos supersonic freefall
Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h) and broke the record for the highest freefall set by Joseph Kittinger back in 1960.
5. Jump through Ice-Pool Fail!
If Tom Daley did this he would surely have got more than Bronze. This was classed as the ‘Official Fail of the Year 2012’. Congratulations to him.
6. Mario Balotelli’s goal (and celebration) against Germany
Striker!!! There were many goals that are worthy of a place in this post but this is also very much a favourite of our very own MB’er Johannes. Plus the celebration is text book.