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London 2012 hurdles game: Go for gold, just don't tell your boss (+video)

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Before you play the London 2012 hurdles game on Google, make sure that your boss has left the room. You're about to raise a ruckus.

Tuesday's Google doodle, part of a daily series celebrating the Olympics, is the first interactive entry since the Games began last month.

The rules are simple. Players must guide the digital racer over the hurdles and across the finish line as fast as possible. Our animated athlete responds only to one kind of motivation: the constant clacking of keys.

But you can't just mash the keyboard. The game wants you to hit the left and right arrow keys in rapid succession. Imagine yourself as a drill sergeant – the faster you holler "left, right, left," the faster he hustles.

Once you reach a hurdle, hit the space bar to leap over it. Nailing the timing takes a little practice, but as you pick up speed, each jump becomes a little easier – and louder. By the time you've hit full stride, everyone around you will know. (Maybe pass it off as a moment for office bonding. Challenge coworkers to beat your best run.)

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