Local web designer Nicholas Longtin's Cat Olympics photo series goes viral

Categories: Art, Nerdery
Cat Weight Lifter.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.
Nicholas Longtin's Cat Olympics photo series went viral this week.
Minneapolitan Nicholas Longtin received hundreds of thousands of clicks in internet fame this week when his Cat Olympics Flickr project went viral. 

The series was picked up by Boing Boing this past weekend as part of the site's popular "Caturday" installment, and appeared on Mashable's Watercooler blog yesterday.

The idea struck Longtin, who works for a local web design and marketing company, while watching the Olympics as his cats were pouncing around his living room rambunctiously.

"I thought, 'They're just like little Olympic athletes,' Longtin says.

Longtin used photos of his cats, his friends' cats, and a few random cats from the internet to create his feline version of the Olympic games. 

He chose some of his favorites just for City Pages, and told us about the inspiration behind each one.

Gymnastics Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"It's just like when you see a cat jump and you're like, 'How did that cat jump that high?' It's the same with Gabrielle Douglas. She's amazing. People are like, 'How can a human jump that high?"


Fencing Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"I wanted to make sure that I found cats whose expressions matched the person's expression. The guy who was fencing was obviously screaming, "Yes!"-- or whatever 'yes' is in his own language."


Basketball Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"I actually had to find this cat on the internet. I think I searched for 'intense cat face.'"


Judo Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"That judo guy had a really hairy chest and my cat Nemo is a very puffy cat," Longtin says. 




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