Wednesday, 31 July 2013

London 2012: The Olympics

Can you believe a year has past since the Olympics were on?  It really doesn’t feel like that long ago I was queuing for tickets, painting my nails green and gold and cheering on the Aussies, and all other teams.

I never really blogged about it at the time (like so many things in the last 12-18 months) but I was able to head along to the Olympic Park for three events: basketball, hockey & swimming. A year on, those events still remain fresh in my mind, such an experience.
I remember walking into the park of the first day of competition. There was such sense of pride in the park, how good it look.  Some incredibly good looking stadiums with valleys of meadow flowers in between, everyone smiling and so helpful.  London is sometimes known for a lack of compassion, of kindness.  Nothing could be less true inside that Olympic Park.  There was an air of excitement and pride.

Australia had mixed results in the events I was able to see.  Our ladies basketball team (the Opals) dominated again Great Britain on opening night whilst our ladies hockey team (Hockeyroos) went down to our archrivals, the Blacksticks (New Zealand) on the Sunday morning.  Always strong in the swimming, 2012 was our softest performance for some time in the pool.  On the Monday night session, we had one silver medal.  Whilst I would have loved to hear Advanced Australia Fair, the night itself was still incredible.  Swimming is a sport I associate so heavily with the Olympics. 

Three days in to the Olympics and I’d been to all three thing I’d secured tickets for.  From then on, I was cheering Australia a and all comers on from the couch, or some of the live sites around London.

It’s been a year but I really think those three days I was able to go will stick in my mind for quite some time.

Have you ever been able to attend the Olympics or a large sporting event?

{L-R, T-B: The basketball arena, the velodrome, the main stadium, the basketball arena from further back, viewing point, the swimming pool}

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