Well it’s all over, and I for one think the whole Olympics have been brilliant. I’ve watched so much sport over the last 17 days. The BBC have done a splendid job with the coverage, with 24 dedicated channels to choose from you could just pick exactly what events you wanted to watch and have them uninterrupted.
I know so many people who worked to put the opening and closing ceremonies together and they just looked stunning. After Beijing I was concerned as to how we were possibly going to top the spectacle of the 2008 Games but I needn’t have worried!
I see plenty of folk of Facebook doing the usual and complaining about the cost and how it was their money paying for it all (including some unemployed folk ironically!) but then I’ve had to pay to bail out quite a few banks and pay to fight about 4 different wars in my time and I don’t remember jumping and cheering in front of the telly at those.
Let’s just hope we’ve managed to inspire a generation of youngsters to get off the couch, put down the Playstation controllers and go out and do something fun.
…my childish sniggering at things commentators say was over with the weightlifting, then Dame Kelly Holmes just came out with…
“Laura Wakeman has the harder semi…”
What a simply phenomenal day of sport it’s been today! I’ve been on my feet cheering in front of the telly so many times! The British girls in the cycling this afternoon breaking the world record in qualifying, only to break it again and take gold in the cycling. The long jump and 10,000m gold medals for Britain tonight, all topped off with the amazing Jess Ennis storming to gold in the Heptathlon. I had actual tears in my eyes as she finished her 800m with 82,000 folk in the stadium going absolutely mental! Outside of Team GB Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan put on an absolute masterclass in the weightlifting tonight, two world records and gold by 9kg, making it look oh so easy.
A friend of mine made a post on Facebook earlier, summing up my thoughts exactly. In a world where young girls look to The Only Way Is Essex, the Kardashians and X-Factor as their heroes and inspiration, let’s hope at least some of them see sense and look to the likes of Jess Ennis.
A serious post this time after another brilliant night of weightlifting at the Olympics.
I hadn’t thought about this before one of the athletes came out for his first lift and his name was Ramadan. What happens with Muslim athletes with the Olympics being held during Ramadan? Obviously all athletes, although especially those in sports like weightlifting and athletics, have to carefully control their diet but this is at odds with the fasting of Ramadan. A lifter can’t expect to eat before sunrise, which in London could be 4am, then not have any food or fluids and compete in an event at 8pm. I don’t know if I have any Muslim followers that can answer but I just wondered if there was some mechanism by which they can break fast or do they basically have to choose between their faith and their sport? I remember the triple jumper Jonathon Edwards losing out on a World Championships because he refused to compete on a Sunday but he changed his mind a few years later and went on to win pretty much everything and set the world record!
Anyway, a snatch world record and combined world record in one night by Lu Xiaojun of China, top stuff! 175kg snatch by a man weighing under 77kg is pretty awesome!