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As a result, competing athletes have been encouraged to interact with online fans and followers. The effects of social media have even inspired physical implementation into the Olympic experience. The gargantuan London Ferris wheel, London’s eye, will change its color in response to trending tweets, creating a de facto mood ring for the games. Social media has therefore created an Olympic event that is not only entertaining for fans, but one that is interactive. Take a look at this infographic w
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Marathon runner Guor Marial was born in what is now South Sudan, which doesn't have a recognized National Olympic Committee. Marial, who does not hold a passport from any country, is a permanent resident (refugee status green card) of the United States but not a citizen. As such, he is unable to compete for the United States, South Sudan or Sudan. Marial qualified for the Games as an Independent Olympic Athlete with an A Standard time. Nike created this "IOA" Flyknit specifically for him.
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