Well what a fantastic 2012 Olympics our GB Team had!0
I don't usually watch much tv - I prefer to actually be outside riding my bike, but as the events started I found myself hooked to the daily/evening coverage. I really enjoyed the rowing from Eton, and at last Kathrin Grainger finally won her 1st Olympic Gold - I was so pleased for her and couldn't stop crying, more rowing medals followed and the expressions on the rowers faces when they realised they had won a medal was just priceless!
Next big event for me to follow was the track cycling, a sport which all our family just loves as we are all into cycling and our kid compete too. I would just loved to have been in the Velodrome to experience the atmosphere but sadly we couldn't get tickets for any of these events. I was so upset when Vicky was disqualified in her qualifying heat, it seemed very harsh, but I know the rules are very strict in this event. I just can't name my favourite event, but Sir Chris Hoy winning another Gold, Jason Kenny, Laura Trott etc, they were all briliant and had me on the edge of my seat for every race. Sadly Vicky didn't manage to beat Anna Mears in the final race, but nevertheless, her performance was totally inspirational.
The medals just kept on flowwing, equestrian, shooting, canoeing, boxing, Judo and then Athletics!!! Sadly we didn't achieve quite as many medals as predicted in these events, but I think every athlete tried their very best and we saw outstanding performances in all events. I am so pleased that Jess Ennis won the Gold, and I loved watching the 10,000 & 5,000 metre mens rare. Mo Faher is now a GB legend and has appeared on nearly every tv channel! Another favourite event was the 100 & 200 m mens race, Usain Bolt is such a character and he is so popular.
We did manage to get tickets to watch the mens mountain biking on the last day of the games, this was held in Essex and at a purpose built course. The weather was brilliant, which made the picnic even more enjoyable. Sadly Liam Kileen the only GB competitor had a serious crash on lap two and broke his ankle. He was taken to hosptial and was sadly missed by the crowd. The race was very exciting and can down to a sprint for the line - both riders then collapsed on the track, they had ridden so fast and hard that their legs just couldn't hold them any longer! The kids had a great day and the organisers let children take a piece of track marker home, plus my lad managed to fill his pocket with stones from the track - boys hey!!
I am now looking forward to the Paralympics, and we are hoping to get some tickets for track cycling. I do think that these games are going to inspire kids from all backgrounds to get into sport. I agree with all the comments in the media that Schools need to bring in competitive sports too - have you ever heard of a non-competive kids sports day - where all the kids are winners!!! Doesn't make sense to me, kids need to know that if you work hard, you get results and the big world out there is tough and there always has to be winners and loosers. So looking forward to the proposed changes to sports in primary schools, where hopefully they will think about employing a dedicated PE teacher for each school, rather than relying on the current teachers (who sadly do not have any interest in sports) to teach sport to kids. Kids need to be motivated and inspired and most of all, enjoy doing sports - roll on the changes!!!
I hope you too found inspiration from what our country has achieved by hosting such superb games, the entire experience has been emotional and filled with moments of joy and sorry but it has made the people of GB come together to support our athletes! Well done Team GB, the organisers and to all the people who have supported them, truly BRILLIANT!!!