Well what can I say about the 2012 London Olympics … I was one of the millions of Britons who were probably not too bothered about the Olympics coming to GB. You dread the traffic and the extra security that is put in place, you are put off visiting friends in the capital for a few weeks and of course you dread what the expense will do to your paypacket long term.
Then the Opening Ceremony commenced!!!
With baited breath we sat and wondered is this going to be a disaster? The small snippets that were advertised did not look very spectacular or inspiring … and then it began and with it the excitement exploded and everyone in Great Britain sat up and realised what a momentous event this actually is and what it means to have it in our own back yard.
I remember thinking ‘its no wonder foreigners think the British are a nation of Hugh Grants’ at the beginning of the ceremony with all the Morris dancers and green fields and then out of nowhere the whole stadium changed and a darkness fell bringing with it the era of the industrial revolution and I thought now this is interesting.
When the Olympic rings were forged and lifted high into the stadium and the sparks reigned down I said to the room full of friends now that is going to take some beating in future ceremonies and then the surprises just kept on coming … from the Queen and James Bond, to Mr Beans little skit with the London Symphony Orchestra, to the introduction of the British scientist who created the internet!
We sat through the child catcher and Mary Poppins, an astonishingly talented deaf drummer and the sight of Mr Muhammad Ali with the Olympic Flag. We had a Beatle perform, we listened to generations of British music that has been heard the World over and still there was more …
Fireworks, Beckham, Dizzy Rascal, JK Rowling, thousands of volunteers, our greatest Olympians and then the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. With its 204 copper petals being lit by the future of British Sport in the shape of 7 young talented athletes the Olympic flame rose up and at that moment I believe everyone in this great nation was proud to be British.
The whole event had been a success, inspiring, clever, funny, interesting, loud, bright … we knew it was not going to be another Beijing but then again we’re British and it had to be British. We did our own thing and although not everyone around the globe would have understood all of it there was much to admire and I’m sure the organisers of Rio 2016 were thinking damn we’ve got some work to do.
Then it was time for the Olympians … all the athletes representing the 204 nations to slug it out in the pool, on the track, in the ring, on the road, on the court, on the beach … pretty much everywhere.
The Olympic Park looked awesome with the Olympic Stadium standing proud next to the Velodrome and the Aquatic centre and for us Brits it was all about when the first gold would arrive.
We didn’t have too long before Glover and Stanning delivered Team GB’s first gold in the rowing and shortly after Bradley Wiggins delivered another in the cycling.
The greatest thing about the Olympics in my humble opinion is that is enables all us viewers to get excited and caught up in sports that we would never usually watch. Its great to see the World come together under the umbrella of sport and its fantastic to see World Records broken and new legends take their place on the podiums but the ability to get a nation cheering and shouting at the TV at Judo or Canoing or Archery is just phenomenal.
We all get excited about the swimming, cycling, rowing, gymnastics and the track and field events but I cannot believe the tension I have felt whilst watching the beach volleyball or the equestrian events!!
Simply put the Olympics has taken a hold and every day we talk about the events, the athletes and the results and with the coverage being so widely accessible its going to leave a big black whole after the closing ceremony.
We have seen the Americans break records in the water, the Chinese dominate the gymnastics and the British kick ass in the cycling and it has been totally encapsulating so far with the track and field events to come.
I’m not sure how the rest of the world rates these Olympics but I do hope all those visitors from over seas that have paid all that money to come and visit our great capital is having a fantastic time and they are being welcomed with open arms.
I’m going up to London on Saturday and desperately tried to get a ticket for the Olympic Park (not for any event just to see the park and be a part of the atmosphere) but alas there are no tickets available … still I will continue to watch the TV (thank god for the Iphone) and keep supporting Team GB in all events and I hope all nations have a successful games and leave this great island with fond memories.
Til next time lets hope for more golds for Team GB, more World & Olympic Records broken by all nations and more tension … I personally cannot wait for Bolt vs Blake.
Its our time down here – Latino 777