How good were the olympics?
i miss them.
|another great thing about europe is that people let it all hang out, which is great for the self-esteem and also provides hours of interesting conversation starting with 'what WEERE those growths on her back' and 'gosh he was hairy' type statements.|
|another great thing is canons. and orange shoes it seems.|
|Santa Margharita had lots of little streets which all looked the same... it was very confusing.|
|This gin&tonic (in a plastic cup) cost me €20. i am happy to help those in need.. but this is silly. i bet the gin in spain isn't €20.|
My friend Alex's dad, Mr Tim, came to London for the Olympics. This is his story...
|G'day from W.A|
"London 2012 bronze, silver and gold
London 2012 has been absolutely fab from the moment QEII and Mr Bean stole the quirky but amazing opening ceremony through to the Brazilian carnivale at the closing. The organisation at the events, and the transport has been efficient, good natured and fun. The crowds that packed every event were incredible, they cheered at anything, and lifted the roof when a Brit appeared, becoming indescribable with medal.
Volunteers, and every other Brit, loved poking fun at us Aussies, made worse when they became patronisingly sympathetic. They had cause. As predicted, the Brit cycling team won more gold than the entire Oz Olympic team and TV commentators have seized on the fact that Yorkshire won more gold than Australia! Made me reclaim my English heritage.
My bronze moment was Rebecca Addleton's interview after her 800m freestyle. She won double gold at Beijing and was one of the many Brit faces of the games. She was so excited to have won bronze at London ( behind a new world record by a US swimmer) and stuck it to anyone who implied bronze isn't good enough. Even caused a voluntary apology from the lady TV swim commentator (Thorpedo's counterpart) afterwards. Speaking of which,Thorpedo was a hit as a commentator, coming across as articulate and entertaining, despite the "...look.." before each sentence.
Silver is for the Aussie team which won so many. They and we have to learn that it is an enormous achievement to be at the Olympics. Watching the many unexpected winners and losers, being a world champion does not guarantee anything at the Olys. So a podium finish is a glorious result.
Silver is also for Victoria Pendleton's interview after winning silver behind Anna Meares in the cycling sprint. There was some controversy, because she had been dq'd after winning the first of the best of three races ( by 1/1000th of a sec) in what the press had been touting as a head to head grudge match between to arch rivals . Apparently in the past they have bad mouthed each other. Anna Meares convincingly won the second race and gold. Victoria another Brit face of the games, was emotional and gracious in defeat saying they were the two best riders in the comp and should have fought the final, and that Anna was the best rider in the comp and a deserving winner. All the more dignified because it was Victoria's final ever race as she was retiring.
As a proud Dad, I was also so pleased to see Al wearing silver in the wake of après Olly celebrations! A deserving medallist.
|Alex with superstar olympic silver medallist Chappo. The medal is bigger than her head. almost.|
Golden moment was Sally Pearson's reaction and those of her fellow competitors after the 12.35 seconds of Sally's final followed by the 20 +++++ seconds wait for the official result (she won by 0.02). You could hear a pin drop during the wait. She was so excited and relieved, and her competitors seemed just as excited for her. As the Brit TV commentator said, it was the most deserving of gold for someone who did not medal in Beijing but has dominated the event for the last two years. Her hurdling is beautiful to watch.
The ultimate golden moment - Usain Bolt's 100 or 200 , take your pick. The track and field has to be the main stage of the Oly's and Usain made himself the main event.
PC gold, commentators using the term "British" weather, we're in England aren't we?
Tim of England"
|another day, another port, another bucket of sweat on our heads.|
|dubrovnik. one of the few places we knew where we actually were... awesome.|
|yep. those are the same sheets we need to sleep in. it was a well thought through plan.|
|these are the faces of pure joy. i have never wanted anything more than a giant toy horse which moves when you stand up. amazing.|
|apparently, before i arrived, croatia had been rain-free for 55 days... i brought the rain.|
|pyjama tops are all the rage for olympic spirit...|
|yep, just a marching band marching by. oh london, you're so british and great.|
|i've learnt my lesson with assuming golds... but,|
|These are the faces of girls who are impressed with Belguim.|
|oh hai Cadel, look at you without a helmet. scandalous-o.|
|there were lots of people doing lots of tricky-looking things with bikes at the tour.|
Alex awkwardly kept talking about how easy it would be to tamper with another teams' bikes.
She's such a liability.
|Blink 182 you evade me again. gah.|
|Even with ripped off sleeves, the fact still remains: it was ironed.|
|i know, €2.50 does seem a lot to sit on someone's shoulders...|
|but TOTALLY worth it!|
|Poor Dave didn't have a spare drink token, so couldn't experience the joy that the random man in the orange shorts felt high on Josh's shoulders. Sad Dave.|
|Even Ryan got a go! Ryan was so popular, it wouldn't surprise me if this dude paid him a drink token to let him sit up there.|
|3am frites? keep them coming please.|
|Mussels in Brussels! (lies. it was Bruges. oh)|