The Olympics in my Hometown
|August 15, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Since July 27th, I have been living and breathing the Olympics. And since it ended a couple of days ago, I have been missing it like crazy. Having been completely immersed in it for 11 days, it’s hard for me to believe that it’s really all over! Thanks to the wonderful BBC and their live coverage of every single Olympic event, I basically watched the Olympic action all day every day when I wasn’t at events! I was actually supposed to be a kit-carrier, but unfortunately all the mandatory training days clashed with my music tour!
One of my favourite days was when I went to the Olympic Park to see the athletics. The Olympic Park is absolutely HUGE, and the stadium is massive too!
My running team and I were lucky enough to have been given free athletics tickets by the organisers of the London Marathon, which I am SO grateful for as I missed out on these in the ballot!
The seats were great, the action was incredible and the atmosphere was amazing, especially when Jess Ennis (Team GB’s poster girl) came on! The cheers for her were deafening!
I also managed to see some amazing track cycling action…out of a possible 12 gold medals in the velodrome Team GB won 9 of them! And a silver and bronze too
I also went with my friend Jessy to see the women and men’s marathons. It was BEYOND AWESOME to see some of my favourite runners up close! I was so upset to hear a week before the women’s marathon that Paula Radcliffe was pulling out, but I still got to see some of my other favourites, including Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan!
Shalane Flanagan <3
The marathon route was the same for both the women’s and men’s marathons, and it was a lapped course which meant that we got to see the runners FOUR times! Jessy and I managed to get the same spot on the Embankment for both marathons…it was the best spot right next to the clock and we saw them at miles 1, 9, 17 and 25!
Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda), the men’s marathon winner
One of my favourite things about the London Olympics was the huge public screenings of Olympic events. After watching the women’s marathon, Jessy and I headed to Hyde Park to the BT London Live screening to watch Andy Murray win gold in the tennis!
The atmosphere there when Andy Murray won was INCREDIBLE, with thousands of people celebrating togther and red+white+blue streamers raining down on us Definitely worth the hour of queuing and the OTT security to get in!
I can’t believe it’s all over! I think I very briefly suffered from Post Olympic Depression, but that soon turned into Post Olympic DETERMINATION. Rio 2016?
I’ve missed blogging, and I’ve missed all of you!! I should really start tackling the 500+ unread items in my Google Reader and the near 1000 unread emails, but right now it’s too intimidating so I think I’ll leave that to stew for a little longer I’ve just written up a running+life update post for tomorrow/Friday because I have SO much to catch you all up on!
Did you watch much of the Olympics? What was your favourite event to watch? Athletics, obviously! Mo Farah winning DOUBLE GOLD was the highlight of the whole Olympics for me
Hope you’re having a great summer! <3