Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Going for gold: animals and Olympians

Tiger.jpg
Long-jump.jpg
Penguins.jpg
Synchronised-swimmers.jpg
Lion-cubs.jpg
Wrestlers.jpg
Tiger-cubs.jpg
Judo.jpg
Monkey.jpg
High-jump.jpg

A unique photo series, curated by wildlife photographer and Exodus tour guide Paul Goldstein, pits wild animals against Olympic athletes in a fun look at nature's gold medallists. From a long-jumping tiger to synchronised swimming penguins, we think Goldstein is spot on when he says: "It is extraordinary how similar some of these animals habits are to Olympic athletes."

Check out the amazing photos below...

ABOVE and BELOW: Swimming penguins compared with synchronised swimmers, Russian athletes Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova performing in 2004

ABOVE and BELOW: Lion cubs matched against judo fighters Lasha Gujejiani (blue) of Georgia and Ricardo Blas Jr (white) of Guam during the 2008 Games

ABOVE and BELOW: A leaping leopard compared with Britain's Christopher Tomlinson competing in the men's long jump final in 2004

ABOVE and BELOW: Serval cubs fighting like 2008 taekwondo opponents Yulis Gabriel Mercedes (red) of Dominican Republic and Chu Mu-Yen (blue) of Chinese Taipei

ABOVE and BELOW: A Langur monkey matched against pole-vaulter Timothy Mack of the USA during the 2004 Games

Images: Paul Goldstein/Exodus and Rex Features

Related

hero.jpg

Best ways to celebrate the Olympics in the UK

Hero-image.jpg

Cool London Olympics 2012 souvenirs

149235290.jpg

Steph Houghton propels Team GB to victory

Comments

More

Doughnut walls: the latest wedding craze sweeping Instagram

Because wedding cakes are *so* 2015... by Moya Crockett

23 Aug 2016

This is when the gender pay gap gets dramatically worse for most women

How is this still going on? by Moya Crockett

23 Aug 2016

Female journalists share their stories of sexual harassment

“I wore my belt inside out so it was harder to remove” by Kayleigh Dray

23 Aug 2016

Hate your job? Here’s why you shouldn’t wait around to change it

Your fortysomething self will thank you, according to a new study. by Moya Crockett

23 Aug 2016

Why leftovers are blazing a trail to a new foodie trend

From recyclable relishes to cast-off cocktails and beyond by Victoria Gray

23 Aug 2016

Schoolgirl hits back at sexist uniform critic in empowering new video

“I am looking forward to being able to show off my body without being sexualised” by Kayleigh Dray

23 Aug 2016

An alternative wedding playlist, for the bride less ordinary

Forget the usual suspects by Alice Vincent

22 Aug 2016

Here’s what our health service looks like to an outsider

“Dear UK, the NHS is awesome” by Kayleigh Dray

22 Aug 2016

Why you should make your countryside life dreams a reality

Women live longer if they’re surrounded by countryside, experts reveal by Kayleigh Dray

22 Aug 2016

Three ways to rejuvenate your career right now

Summer holiday been and gone? Don’t succumb to the back-to-work blues by Moya Crockett

22 Aug 2016