I received a call from the UK today and it was a guy following up on an email that they'd sent us a few days ago. Apparently the IOC is having a competition where people submit videos and the winners get a free trip to the Games.
The deadline for the contest is Thurday March 1.
I sort of got the impression that the submissions aren't quite as high as they'd like so you might have a decent shot at winning if you can come up with a clever idea between now and Thursday.
See the info below.
A guy writing on behalf of the IOC wrote:
I'm contacting you on behalf of the International Olympic Committee about their "Show Your Best" video competition. There are less than six months to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games, but if Lets Run readers want to be eligible to win one of two trips that the IOC will be giving to the Games in London, they only have until by March 1 to submit a video "showing their best" to our website - showyourbest.olympic.org. What do we mean by best? Take a look below because, frankly, we're celebrating a huge range of people's talents and skills.
-Athletes can submit a video of their best pass, punt, shot, kick, goal, tackle, jump, throw, time, etc.
-Trickersters can submit a video showcasing their acrobatics, hula hooping, handstands, skateboard tricks, kneeboard skills, etc.
-Just about anyone can submit a video of their first time skydiving, water skiing (or skiing at all for that matter), standing up while surfing, ice skating, paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc.
Once a video is submitted, people should get their friends and family on board to vote for their favourites (they may win one of several smaller prizes); for the trip to the Games, we'll have Olympians like Shawn Johnson judging which videos best represent the spirit of the Olympics.
If you're still not convinced, check out these videos from US athletes giving their backing to Show your Best:
Allyson Felix talks about her best moment coming at college: http://youtu.be/vCQkqz5w730
Bryan Clay talks about starting a family being his best moment: http://youtu.be/N1yIyeD4vhM
...for more behind the scenes and athlete videos check out: http://www.youtube.com/user/OlympicShowYourBest/videos
It's all in the spirit of "healthy" competition that gets people to push themselves to do their best, and we'd love your help getting the word out and sharing some of the video entries so far to give them a sense of their competition. Most importantly, urge your readers to get up off the couch and "show their best." London awaits!
Should you require it, a toolkit of the various competition assets can be found here: https://showyourbest.olympic.org/toolkit/.
If you have any questions or would like any more information please don't hesitate to get in touch, my details are below.