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Monday, 20 August 2012

London Olympics 2012

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We spent the last few weeks sitting in the best seats, watching the London Olympics, clutching the TV remote, flicking the channels with Usain Bolt speed, clapping and cheering on every Team GB competitor.

Except for the one day when we dragged ourselves away from the box and headed into London, to the Olympic Park for our glorious Olympic experience.

Like many others, we applied for cycling, rowing, athletics etc.... We got.... handball. I'd never even heard of it... but WE WERE GOING!

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Here are some of the highlights of our day:

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Enthusiasm and excitement was everywhere

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First sight of the park

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Beautiful wild flowers everywhere

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Olympic rings next to the velodrome

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture

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Water polo arena

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Olympic velodrome

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The Gloriana royal barge was moored there during the games

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There was lots of music & entertainment around the park

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Everything under control

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The shops had loads of cool souvenirs - anyone with a spare baby?

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The outside of the Copper Box, where the handball was held

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There were massive letter sculptures spelling RUN

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Decked out to support his team 

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Inside the Copper Box 

We saw two games, Sweden playing Argentina and Denmark playing Croatia. We had great seats, but were slightly outnumbered especially in the first game when a whole load of Argentina supporters took over the area we were in. They plonked themselves down and persuaded anyone else with those tickets to go elsewhere!

It was NOISY, we had been told that handball was rollocking and audience participation was loud. I can confirm this, and having sat in the middle of the Argentinian quarter, can tell you what it's like to be draped in their flag!

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Flag moved to the gangway 

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The game hasn't started yet...

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Game on - Sweden won 29 to 13

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I'm under there somewhere...

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We popped along to Tower Bridge on the way home

London did us proud. After all the hype, criticism and negativity, during those few weeks, we showed the world what we can do, and I'm sure it will Inspire a Generation.

If you didn't get to go, try to get tickets for the Paralympics, you won't be sorry.

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Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

Great post Nic. The atmosphere must have been amazing. Desperately trying to get tix for paralympics :-)

Katie said...

Looks like a fabulous experience.Bet the atmosphere was great

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

London must ave been overflowing with excitement. Great job England!!!!

Choclette said...

Sounds as though it was worth it, even if handball wasn't quite your thing!

Nic said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments, we had a great day!

Choclette - actually, we really enjoyed the handball. I'd definitely go again to watch a game!

grace said...

i attended the olympics when they were held in atlanta in 1996, i believe. i was a kid, but i still remember the awesome atmosphere. thanks for sharing these pics!