MADRID – For the first time ever, Olympic heroes and social influencers will battle it out in mash-up competitions in the new original series Global Games. Filmed in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Global Games will test athletes’ strength, skill and stamina through challenges such as chicken fight boxing, sumo volleyball and short track speed bubble racing. The eight-episode original series debuts Tuesday, 3 October on the Olympic Channel global digital platform, and is available at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps.
The first season of Global Games brings together Olympic athletes, including Lolo Jones (USA), Mikaël Kingsbury, (CAN) Asafa Powell (JAM) and Linlin Sun (CHN), to compete against some of the world’s biggest social influencers in strange sports. Global Games was produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by Whistle Sports, a global sports media company.
While set in Greece, these games are nothing like the sports from 2,700 years ago. Each competition re-imagines a traditional Olympic sport into something strange and comical, creating a fun and original way to get to know the personalities behind the Olympic athletes and social media handles.
“Participating in a groundbreaking series like Global Games, alongside fellow Olympians and social creators was an incredible, once in a lifetime experience,” said Jamaican sprinter and Olympic Gold Medalist Asafa Powell. “The competition was fierce from day one, but we had a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing how this epic series unfolds.”
The challenges featured in the Global Games were designed to test athleticism on a level never seen before. The competitor with the highest medal count at the end of the eight challenges will take home gold and the bragging rights as the ultimate athlete.
Lolo Jones, who has competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Sochi 2014) commented, “These challenges have been harder than so many of my hardest workouts.”
- Lolo Jones, U.S. track and field & bobsledding Athlete
- Mikaël Kingsbury, Canadian freestyle skier and Silver Gold Medallist
- Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter and Olympic Gold Medallist
- Linlin Sun, Chinese short track speed skater and Olympic Gold Medallist
- Luis Badillo, Instagram influencer and world-renowned trainer
- Andrew Henderson, Freestyle Football World Tour Champion
- Alexia Clark, Instagram influencer and NASM-certified trainer
- Derek Herron, member of Australian trick shot group “How Ridiculous”
Global Games is hosted by Mike Lockyer and former NFL tackle turned viral standout Spice Adams, and was produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by Whistle Sports. The second season is currently in production and will premiere in 2018.
Olympic Channel Episode Guide: Global Games
Episode 1 – Global Games: Chicken Fight Boxing
Episode 2 – Global Games: Sumo Volleyball
Episode 3 – Global Games: Flyathlon
Episode 4 – Global Games: Olive Oil Wrestling
Episode 5 – Global Games: Tube Curling
Episode 6 – Global Games: Bubble Wrap Fencing
Episode 7 – Global Games: Aquatic Biathlon
Episode 8 – Global Games: All-Around Relay
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The series will be available with subtitles in one of 11 languages by selecting the “CC” button found on the lower right of the episode videos. Subtitles are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.