After my London transport rant last month, I well and truly caught Olympic fever. Having spent most week one with one eye on the Live text Commentary on the BBC website and each evening watching the catch-up sessions, I found myself glued to the television. The only workouts that I fitted in were in front of the television (Thanks, Pinterest!)
On the first Friday night, I had dinner with my best friend down on the Thames. We were long overdue a couple of cocktails and a catch up, but once all of the gossipping was done, we headed down the river to check out all of the Games mascot statues, the huge Olympic rings in the centre of the river and just generally soaked up the atmosphere. There was a hint of excitement in the air and with so many tourists and Olympic officials walking around, it felt very cosmopolitan to wander down the river on a warm summer evening.
We also went to the Boxing Quarter finals and the atmosphere was electric. Screams of “Team GB!” filled the arena and I found myself stomping my feet and clapping my hands with all of the guys around me who were sloshing beers and chanting the name of whoever they had decided to back in the fight. Well, they do say that any sport is more interesting when you have someone to back. The British guys obviously got a raucous round of applause and won every fight that they participated in. Go GB!
And now we get to do it all over again! The Paralympics started yesterday and although they don’t usually get the same coverage and attention as their bigger counterpart, I really hope that the world responds to London with at least half of the enthusiasm that we got for the Olympics. Although, I hate to admit that I was slightly bored by the opening ceremony last night… and switched over to the Kardashians..!
P.S. I also got invited to take part in Samsung’s ‘Warm up and win’ competition. I’m sorry that I didnt manage to film a move for their fun video series (I’m still apprehensive of any form of putting my face on a video… despite liking the idea of vlogging) but I am excited to read their Paralympic athlete blogs. (The T-shirt is by This is Rude by the way.)