Posts Tagged ‘Olympic’

Paralympics 2016: Boccia

September 16th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Paralympics 2016 Boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport played by Chickenfoxes with cerebral palsy and other motor impairments. Some chickenfoxes can throw the Boccia balls with their claws, while others use special ramps (held by neutral volunteers) and head-mounted pushing devices. The game requires a high level of strategy and accuracy as competitors try to get their balls closest to the white ball (the jack).

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Paralympics 2016: Goalball

September 12th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Paralympics 2016 GoalBall

[Six Chickenfoxes play Goalball on a wooden court. White stripes of tape divide the court into sections. There is a rope under the tape so the competitors can feel the divisions. On the right side, two Chickenfoxes listen intently as the Chickenfox in the middle rolls the ball towards the opposing team, using a strong push of its tail. On the left, there is a goal. Two Chickenfoxes stretch out in front of it, trying to block the opening. A third Chickenfox stands in front of them, foot outstreteched to run towards a ball that is speeding towards the defending team, leaving behind it a trail of musical notes. Above the scene is the word “GOALBALL”, with the word spelled out in Braille superimposed over the associated letters.]

I had never heard of Goalball before I started this series, and it’s awesome! Blind and vision-impaired Chickenfoxes compete in teams of three to roll or bounce a jingling ball into the goal. They use their keen hearing to locate the ball. When defending, the players spread themselves to cover as much of the goal as they can. The game has a lot of rules about timing, hold duration, where the ball has to bounce, and how far the players can move across the court.

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Paralympics 2016: Running

September 11th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

The Chickenfoxes have participated in several Olympics, but this year is the first time they have also run a Paralympic games!

Paralympics 2016 Running

Running is a huge part of Chickenfox life, and Chickenfoxes who run despite disabilities are seen as heroes, proof of the enduring spirit of the entire species. Chickenfoxes have devised many prosthetics to aid in the activity, from “cheetah legs”, springy clawed feet, and even weighted tail prostheses (it’s almost impossible to run without a tail for balance!)

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Olympics 2016: The Biles

August 19th, 2016 | More Animated, Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Biles

The Chickenfoxes have been really impressed by Simone Biles’ performance during these Olympics. Since imitation is the highest form of flattery, they have adapted her signature floor exercise move to celebrate her!

Of course, they had to take out the handsprings, but they tried!

The-Biles-animation

A making-of video for this animation will be shared with Patreon patrons this month :)

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Olympics 2016: Sailing (part 1)

August 17th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Sailing1

Chickenfoxes and water have a strained relationship, and they much prefer skirting along the top of it to being inside of it.

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Olympics 2016: Throwing (Track & Field)

August 14th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Throwing

Throwing things is a difficult prospect for a creature with no arms. Luckily, it is a challenge Chickenfoxes face on the regular, having to balance or use their tails to move things they can’t push around with their noses. Each throwing item presents its own special difficulties, and requires a different tactical use of feet and tail.

Throwing-2016

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Olympics 2016: Fencing

August 14th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Fencing

When Chickenfoxes were introduced to the sport of fencing, they initially focused on the basics and refining their equipment. Now that they have perfected their swordmasks and padded jackets, they have taken on the three weapons as separate styles.

Foil – Using only the point of the blade, the target is the torso. Head, leg and tail touches do not count.
Epee – Using only the point of the blade, the target is the whole body.
Sabre –  The entire blade can be used (thrusts and cuts both count), the target is everything above the waist (hits to the the tail do not count).

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Olympics 2016: Synchronized Diving

August 11th, 2016 | More Animated, Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Synchronized Diving

It takes years of training for Chickenfox divers to overcome their fear of water in order to plunge facefirst into it. It’s actually easier for them to dive with a friend. It’s dangerous to go alone.

animated-sync-diving

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Olympics 2016: Jumping (Track & Field)

August 10th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Jumping

Chickenfoxes love jumping because it’s the closest they can get to flying. Their strong little legs give them loads of momentum and launching power to begin with, so athletes in these sports are exemplary specimens of the species and are highly regarded by their peers.

They are especially fond of jumping into sand, since this is part of an important naming ritual that all chickenfoxes go through when they are young.

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Olympics 2016: Basketball

August 10th, 2016 | More Postcard, Sport, Watercolored Chickenfoxes

Rio2016 Basketball

They’re not very good at dribbling the ball… or passing the ball… or putting the ball in the basket. But they are pretty good at jumping. Which is a skill needed in basketball, but not the only one.

Needless to say, they are low-scoring games.

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