Damn! That's the Olympics done and dusted.... I was JUST getting into that too...
Ok.. that's a lie... I was into it from Day 1 (Day -2 if you take the women's football into account starting on the Wednesday before the Friday Opening Ceremony).. and engrossing it most certainly was. I ran out of superlatives and did find I was saying "Awesome" more often than I have ever done, which probably annoyed the hell out of everyone.. But, it's an easy to say word, only 2 syllables, yet sums up an "achievement" precisely.
And achieve these athletes did.. in their droves... to name a few mega performances (I dare NOT say awesome now) off the top of my head, the 800 metre runner from Kenya, David Rudisha, breaking his own world 800 metre record... I remember how long Sebastian Coe's world record time of 1min 41.73 in 1981 stood for (And that was on a really poor track!) - 16 years, until Wilson Kosgei Kipketer (now of errr... Denmark) equalled it in July 1987 and then beat it by half a second in the following month - (He was actually Kenyan (surprise surprise) but liked Denmark so much after a visit in1990, he took up residency there....).... So David Rudisha's time of 1.40.91 (first man under 1.41) was the 2nd time he broke his own world record... The Olympic track in London is hard, so will be a fast track suited to breaking world records, so does make me wonder how Seb Coe would have fared, running on it in his prime....
Other notable achievements also include Sir Chris Hoy winning his 6th gold medal.... What's after a 'Sir'.. Lord Hoy of Chris ??... and IF he goes to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and wins again... then what.... pushed up to 3rd in line for the throne ??? Judging by the way these honours are handed out, 20 year old GB cyclist Laura Trott COULD be Queen Laura the First by the end of the 2028 Olympics!
Obviously the whole of the cyclists for Team GB deserve a medal... as Chris Hoy said - it's not "Magic Wheels" - something the French are desperately seeking the patent for!!! - it's all down to serious hard work and graft - and a bit of money thrown at the sport also, but success breeds success. The more success a sport has the more people will be drawn to it - and what I have noticed and heard more than anything else from the competitors has actually been the comment "If I can do it, then ANYONE can" - it's simply down to hard work and graft. And I believe it - just watching some of these races and competitions completely drained ME let alone the competitors !!
Ok, there were SOME people for whom the phrase "It'll be Allright on the Night" simply doesn't ring true.... The awesomely (sorry) named German springboard diver Stephan Feck, whose dive is STILL being watched on Youtube (I'd give you a link, but the IOC is banning vids from the Olympics going onto Youtube !!.. siiiigh)... Anyway, the poor guy slipped, his limbs mid air turned into the Isle of Man flag and the poor devil landed, albeight in the pool, smack on his back. I must admit, I have NO idea what the judges scored him for his dive - Would this simply be 0.00 across the board, or do you get points for being able to stand on the board before the dive and maybe a couple more for NOT missing the water??? (like you get a point for writing your name at the top of a school exam paper!!)
I still secretly hope he changes his name to Stephan FEEEEEEECCCCCCKKKKKK-SPLASH!!! - Am sure his management team would suggest it if only to blow the idea that German's DON'T have a sense of humour, errr... out of the water ...
After 2.5 weeks of some 36 different sports, this Blog really could go on and on ("more than normal???" I hear you say!!).. YES!
And to prove it, it will......
Next up.... Synchronised Swimming.... ok... I believe we actually timed our return journey from holiday perfectly, I mean, sadly, JUST as this competition was going, so, thankfully, I mean, unfortunately, I missed it, therefore cannot give any opinion on *ahem* how errr.. good it was....
Deserving of a mention: Ben Ainslie - yet another Olympic Sailing Gold - under duress at times, yet had the will and bottle, savvy and raw talent to come home ahead of the Dane who looked totally crestfallen after having led for so long! A brilliant win.
Andy Murray won the tennis!!!!!!.. Some will still chide "Wasn't a Grand Slam though was it!". I personally think it's great he won - at a home Olympics - that's STILL a hell of an achievement, so hats off to you Andy.
Ps.. Andy... When they hold the Men's Tennis competition in the Commonwealth Games in 2014, will they just go straight to the final, no heats needed, with just yourself against Lleyton Hewitt ???
Mo Farrah: Awesome (sorry again)!!!.... None could pass.... in both the 5000 metres AND 10,000 metres! A supreme effort and all round top bloke!!!
Dutch women hockey team: I never get bored watching this lot. Not sure what it is... there's just something about them..... Seriously though, I see how huge hockey is in the Netherlands so their domination in this sport is unsurprising - but like anything, the It'll be Allright on the night still has to work - it did for the Dutch Ladies, not quite for the men. Mens German hockey team are still the team to beat - the GB mens team are on the way there and I think the 9-2 defeat by the Dutch men was simply a freak result....
Usain Bolt: Delivered again to shut the Doubting Thomas's up! First man in Olympic history to retain both 100 & 200 metres titles. He IS a legend.... he said it himself.... therefore it MUST be true !!!!!
Jessica Ennis: proved herself THE best woman athlete in the world - the fact that she has apparently earned Squillions of pounds from various endorsements & contracts prior to the games, she still got her head down, kept her priorities right and produced the goods!!!!
Quite nice to look at too so I imagine the Squillions will keep on coming !!!!!
Michael Phelps: Simply put: THE greatest Olympian ever: took his tally to 22 Gold Medals ! (Let's see how he gets on whilst wearing all those in the 100mtr butterfly !!!!!). Bowed out with.... another win.....
Epke Zonderland: Hollands first gymnastics gold for 84 years, Epke dazzled the judges and wowed the crowd with a performance that will be shown again and again - described as a "Comeneci" moment - no one outside of the gymnasium had ever heard of him before. But after his routine that culminated with THE hardest release dismount - a Cassina to a Kovacs to a Kolman - possible in this discipline, the man who, rather unimaginatively, was dubbed "The Flying Dutchman" earned himself a place in Olympic history
BUT..... that's it.... London did it!!!..... From the fabulous spectacle of the Opening Ceremony, through to the entertaining, yet "You will NEVER please everyone!!" Closing Ceremony, I have loved all of it.... Driving around on holiday listening to it on the cars Medium Wave radio, having to fill in the gaps in the commentary myself every time we drove under a bridge.... All good fun......
I could still have gone on viewing for just a few more weeks though !!!
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