Build a LEGO figure (from your country!) competing in some Olympic sport. Be it pole vaulting, bobsledding, or that one sport we're all still wondering about...ah yes, curling! We want to see what kind of athlete you can bring to this year's MocOlympics!
I enjoyed the Olympics in London last year, we as a country did a great job both as competitors and hosts. The modern events are a bit sterile and organised though. I wanted something…… odder. For my inspiration I went back to the games of 1900 in Paris.
The Paris games of 1900 were notorious for bad organisation and infamous as the only time when live Pigeon shooting was included as an event. The IOC have since retroactively awarded medals to the gentlemen who placed first, second and third, (medals were not awarded in the very early games of the modern era) but the event was never to be a part of the games again. Even by the standards of the turn of the last century it seems that the shooting of hundreds of birds for sport was not in the Olympic spirit of competition.
Britain had one shooter at the 1900 games, the wonderfully named Sidney Merlin. I can find no photographs of him so I used some artistic license and photographs of shooting parties of the time to imagine him as you see here. No team uniforms or numbers, but a gentleman’s moustache and a jaw you could break rocks on.
Sidney shot at three games, 1896, 1900 and winning Gold and Bronze medals in the trap shooting at the Intercalated 1906 games in Athens. I can find no results for him shooting at pigeons as only the medallists are recorded, however it was not uncommon for competitors to ‘multi-event’ in those days and shooters would often compete in every shooting event.
He was also a botanist, successfully introducing the kumquat tree to Corfu, and escaped the German invasion of Crete during World War II, even though he was by then in his eighties. I reckon he would have been some bloke.
Thanks for the kind words folks. It occured to me that i cannot alter the text until after judging is done, but I wanted to thank my mate from work Phil, who sparked this whole build with the idea to go for the oddest Olympic events. I steered clear of Tug-of-war and sculpting, but live Pigeon shooting was the choice from that moment onwards!
Ahhhh! Oh no those poor pigeons! Good thing that sport is not in the Moc Olympics.... anyway, great build mate. That jaw is brilliant. You have such a knack for characterisation, its incredible. That bird design is fantastic.
Wow this is beyond excellent! I love the shotgun figure and the pigeons. What a fantastic shot 4 birds one shot. Love the empties at his feet. Brilliant work on the man, he looks perfect. Positively EPIC!