Hunger Games Tributes vs. Olympic Athletes

 Watching the swimming competitions for the 2012 Olympic Games somehow reminded me that we still don't have an official word for the actor playing Finnick in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" movie. Maybe casting an actor is all wrong for Finnick. Maybe the role should be played by a real swimmer. In fact, wouldn't it be fun to have your students compare the tributes in The Hunger Games or Catching Fire with athletes from the Olympics? Or compare the athletes to the Star Squad 451 from Mockingjay?

So, which athlete would you compare to Finnick Odair? Michael Phelps? Ryan Lochte? Or how about Australian James Magnussen?
You can use these photo prompts or make your own (the athletes do not have to be from the 2012 Olympic Games - you could use Olympians from the past or any athletes. See my Hunger Games Character Olympics for additional activities and handouts).
Athletes include (clockwise from top left): Aliya Mustafina, Wojdan Shahrkhani, Gabby Douglas, Lolo Jones, Jessica Ennis, Natalie Coughlin, and Serena Williams (center). Photo credits below.

Athletes include (clockwise from top left): Sun Yang, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, Aldo Montano, Jonathan Horton, Todd Rogers, Neymar, and Kianoush Rostami (center). Photo credits below.
Lesson Extension - You can also ask the question: Which characters are least like these athletes?

Download the complete Hunger Games Character Olympics by clicking on the image:

The images used in the photo prompt collages courtesy of the following photographers & found on these websites:
Image #1
Michael Phelps (AP): http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/pop-cult-1.811972/michael-phelps-caps-olympic-career-with-gold-1.3881859
Ryan Lochte
(EPA/Landov): http://www.people.com/people/news/category/0,,personsTax:RyanLochte,00.html
James Magnussen  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/london-olympics/heartbreak-as-james-magnussen-falls-to-american-nathan-adrian-by-1100th-of-second/story-fn9dirj0-1226440983442
Image #2 
Aliya Mustafina (AP): http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/pop-cult-1.811972/aliya-mustafina-olympics-diva-1.3879420   
Gabby Douglas: http://blog.sfgate.com/olympics/2012/08/02/gabby-douglas-earns-america%25E2%2580%2599s-sweetheart-title-with-all-around-gold/
Wojdan Shahrkhani  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19111548
Serena Williams (Stefan Wermuth): http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20612225_20618299,00.html
Lolo Jones (Eric Gay/AP): http://www.people.com/people/package/gallery/0,,20612225_20613101,00.html#21187054
Natalie Coughlin (Ezra Shaw/Getty): http://www.people.com/people/package/gallery/0,,20612225_20613101,00.html#21187057

Jessica Ennis (Ian Walton/Getty): http://www.people.com/people/package/gallery/0,,20612225_20613101,00.html?stitched#21187062
Image #3
Jonathan Horton (Credit CSM/Landov): http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20612225_20615145,00.html
Neymar de Silva Santos (Marc Atkins/BPI/Corbis): http://www.people.com/people/package/gallery/0,,20612225_20613545,00.html#21187947
Aldo Montano (Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty): http://www.people.com/people/package/gallery/0,,20612225_20613545,00.html#21187963
Sun Yang (Credit AFP/Getty Images) http://makefreshbeats.com/blog/2012/07/30/olympics-spectators-unhappy-at-athletes-wearing-noise-cancelling-headphones
Usain Bolt (Getty Images) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/9452340/Usain-Bolt-facing-make-or-break-greatest-final-at-London-2012.html
Oscar Pistorius (Michael Steele/Getty Images) http://espn.go.com/new-york/story/_/id/8233030/2012-summer-olympics-amputee-oscar-pistorius-makes-400m-semifinals
Todd Rogers (Los Angeles Times Allen J. Schaben) http://graphics.latimes.com/storyboard-london-olympics-key-moments-watch/
Kianoush Rostami (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)  http://olympics.al-monitor.com/

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