The Lightness of Being an Olympian

The New York Times is running a series of online videos featuring the experiences of athletes in the Vanouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The first in the series is an animated video produced by Ryan McGinley, “The Lightness of Being an Olympian”. While many of the athletes at the Vancouver Olympic Games will count on gravity to do its work as they try to get to the bottom of their racecourses, others will be going in the opposite direction – up in the air. The spot features music by The Ruby Suns.

The Lightness of being an Olympian

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The Lightness of Being an Olympian was directed by Ryan McGinley, produced by Kathy Ryan and Clinton Cargill, The New York Times Magazine, and Shea Spencer. Clothing design was by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte. Stylists were Ashley Furnival, Shirley Kurata and Bifen Xu. Videographers were Shane Sigler and Ian McAlpin. Photo assistants were Tim Barber, Greg Haerling, Nicole Lesser and Michael Rudin. Studio coordinators were Marc Alain and Marc Hunley. Post production was done by Todd Stewart at Consulate.

See the video in Quicktime at See all six episodes in Season One on the New York Times Vancouver Olympics YouTube Show.