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Kanye West Goes to The Puppet Olympics in "Champion" Video

August 12, 2008 11:32 AM ET

Kanye Wes has caught Olympic fever with his new video for Graduation's "Champion." The clip features an Avenue Q version of West getting approval from some judges to run in the 100 meter sprint at the "Unified Games." Puppet 'Ye takes to the track wearing those patented white Venetian blinds sunglasses and just when the gun is about to go off, we jump back into his past to draw some lyrical connections about overcoming hardships. If this is anything like the "Flashing Lights" video series, future "Champion" videos can feature Puppet Kanye partaking in other Olympic events like 10m Air Rifle, Javelin Throw and Water Polo.

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