Sunday, 12 August 2012

London 2012 - 10 Memorable Olympic Moments




After two weeks of unparallel excitement, the emotional rollercoaster of London 2012 comes to an end.

I have cheered on team GB, shouted at the TV, pressed the ‘Red Button’ more times than ever, cried with the medal winners and commiserated with the losers.

It was an experience that I have, much to my bewilderment thoroughly enjoyed.

There have been many ups and downs and I am sure that all of us have their favourite moments and medal winners.

So, here are my personal 10 outstanding moments from the 2012 Olympics.

10.    Ed KMcKeever winning an exciting Kayak Gold medal – A very exciting race in a sport I had never watched before.
  1. Tom Daley winning his Bronze Medal in the 10m Diving – The delight on the young mans face was absolutely infectious. What a great result for him and great to see such happiness in winning a Bronze.
  1. Spain’s Bronze Medal in the Synchronized Swimming - Once again a sport I have not seen before. I thought that the ‘Sea Monsters’ routine was just stunning and to a complete novice I was just amazed,
  1. Andy Murray winning the Gold Medal in the Tennis –  What a great achievement for the Scot as he put to rest the ghosts of the past. Roger Federer came out of this with great respect as he relished his Silver medal and acknowledged that Murray was the better player on the day.
  1. The Brownlee brothers winning the Gold and Bronze in the Triathlon -  I cheered  Alistair and Jonathan all the way through this excellent event. I have nothing but admiration for the courage and athletic prowess to take part and win in this event.
  1. Sir Chris Hoy winning the Gold Medal in the Keirin – This was a magnificent achievement, in his last Olympic race. A great moment of personal and national pride, I think everyone was willing him over the finish line.
  1. Italy winning the Gold Medal in the Team Archery – The name Michele Frangilli will be a name I remember for a long time. It what can only be described as ‘nail-biting’ he managed a 10 point ‘Bullseye’ with his last arrow to take the Gold Medal for Italy and relegate the USA to Silver. It was an amazing, breath-taking climax to a fantastic competition.
  1. Shim A Lam a South Korean Fencer – I sat through 70 minutes of heart-break as I watched Shim A Lam a South Korean fencer sit on the piste, with her elbows on her lap as she waited the decision of the fencing authorities. Her only consolation was a bottle of water given to her by a female attendee. To lose a match when the clock was reset by one second was the cruellest blow and I felt her pain as she sat and waited for the decision that went against her.
  1. Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking – These two ladies epitomised all that was great about the London 2012 Olympics. The look of astonishment on their faces when they won Gold in the Women’s Lightweight Double Skulls will stay forever in my mind.   
  1. A magical Saturday night in athletics - Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah’s Gold medals all on one incredible Saturday night, is one of the greatest moments I have witnessed on TV. Just wonderful

So there it is, my 10 memorable moments from London 2012, I know there could have been plenty of others, but those are the ones that affected me and made the Olympic Games so great.

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