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Zombie Olympics: Medalists from 'Walking Dead' to 'World War Z'
Zombies generally aren’t regarded as the most athletic of film monsters. Relentless, yes. Single-minded, yes. But for most of their 45-year history on-screen, the modern image of the flesh-eating ghoul from beyond the grave was shambling and slow-witted, succeeding solely through overwhelming numbers and gross human error. But thanks to a variety of recent interpretations of the hungry dead, our view of zombies as rotting gluttons barely able to keep themselves together is beginning to change. Films like "World War Z" and series like "The Walking Dead" show off zombies in enlightening new ways and raise new possibilities for just what these zombies are capable of. These days, some zombies can run, other zombies can climb and still other zombies can actually ask for their favorite meal by name (Brains!). To honor the diversity and breadth of accomplishment in the current world of the undead, we humbly present the first Zombie Olympics. The winners get gold medals; the losers get shivved in the brain pan.
By Patrick Kevin Day
June 21, 2013