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Re: London Olympics 2012: Other sports « Reply #495 on: August 27, 2012, 04:03 AM »
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Bit late but for various reasons I haven't managed to find the time to put my thoughts down into words so here goes. Apologies if it's a big ramble.

Really enjoyed the games. Much more than I had even thought possible which was mainly due to the British success. Beijing was incredible and the level of British success was unheard of. I remember my Dad describing the cycling as "the most amazing thing I've ever seen." Didn't think that could be beaten. I thought on home soil we'd probably do about the same, again largely due to cycling and the other traditional strong event, rowing, but never imagined it could be eclipsed by so much. And in so many different events away from the cycling and rowing.

With regards to the cycling it was again wonderful and a great joy to behold but I do have a weird feeling that I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Beijing. And I think that's because it was so unexpected 4 years ago whereas this time I expected the British to win all of them and still feel aggrieved about what happened to Pendleton.

I barely posted during the games as given the time difference I was recording everything I wanted to see overnight (thank heavens for the ability to record multiple channels at once!). Then getting up early to get a couple of hours of it in before work, avoiding looking up any results or going on forums all day then getting home to watch it the rest of the night and if enough was fast forwarded I'd get onto some of the current evening's stuff! And the couple of times I did pop in here for a look I ended up ruining something I hadn't got to watching yet. lol

As I said previously that Saturday with the 6 medals (of which I managed to see all) has to go down as the greatest day in British sporting history. That 45 minutes in the athletics goes straight to the top of my list, even above Arsenal winning the league unbeaten and England winning the Ashes in Australia. Farah topping it off with the 10,000m win after Ennis and Rutherford I think was the pinnacle of my life so far as a sports fan. I can't see what could ever beat it aside from maybe Arsenal winning the Champions League.

Murray smashing Federer provided me with tears of joy for the 3rd time in my life (ridiculously Murray provided the 2nd time too with the Wimbledon semi final win!). It almost felt like Wimbledon itself. That was the big win over Federer he really needed and I now truly believe he will win that Grand Slam.

And of course there's always the other sports you only ever watch when the Olympics comes around. Watched a fair bit of equestrian and the show jumping was one of the highlights. Really exciting when it went to the jump-off and the 52 year old making his Olympic debut got us the gold with a clear round. The triathlon was pretty awesome too.

The Sports Personality show is going to be pretty awesome this year. So many heroes. How do you choose between Wiggins and Farah? Ennis would also be popular choice as would Hoy. What about a less high profile choice in Ben Ainslie after a 4th consecutive gold? What if Murray wins the US Open aswell?

My only regret is that I didn't make it there. Ever since London was announced all those years ago I said I would do but unfortunately I wasn't really in a situation where I could go.
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Re: London Olympics 2012: Other sports « Reply #496 on: August 29, 2012, 10:10 AM »
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Really like your post! It's nice to revisit all of the emotions felt after a few weeks, it all seems so long ago now but a great time to revisit with the Paralympics starting tonight! Agree that Sports Personality is going to be seriously hard! Everybody seems to be gearing towards Wiggins but maybe that's because this was assumed after Tour de France, before the Olympics success had begun! Surely Chris Hoy is a big contender with all of those Golds over the years, but then again Farah and Ennis are both just so likeable and inspirational! Speaking of inspirational, Murray has to be up there after coming back from his loss at the Wimbledon final with a win like that against Federer! It just shows how determination and focus pay off in the end (along with a hell of a lot of hard work!) RaisedArt have produced an amazing piece to reflect Murray's achievement - it includes 74 3D balls around a picture of Murray, seriously cool! http://www.facebook.com/RaisedArt?ref=stream
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Re: London Olympics 2012: Other sports « Reply #497 on: August 29, 2012, 08:48 PM »
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Paralympic games ceremony on right now. Worth a thread? I don't know how much interest they are likely to get. I plan on watching it now and then, probably not as much as I watched the Olympics though.
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Re: London Olympics 2012: Other sports « Reply #498 on: August 29, 2012, 11:14 PM »
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I'll certainly be watching it every day. Shame we don't get that much coverage though. The Olympics coverage was unprecedented here this time around - sky added 8 extra Olympics channels plus an Olympics news channel (which showed highlights and headlines 24/7) so it was literally possible to see every single event. Last time from memory there were I think 3 extra channels on plus a couple that were purely online streams. At previous games when we only had the 1 channel you'd basically spend 2 weeks watching basketball (or whatever NZ had someone in) and pray to get a quick glimpse of some swimming or cycling.

Anyway for the Paralympics we don't seem to have any live coverage but have 1 hour highlights for each day session and each evening session each day so will try and see as much of that as I can.
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Re: London Olympics 2012: Other sports « Reply #499 on: September 01, 2012, 05:16 PM »
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To much to do of late. So any spare time is watching the tennis. Have watched a few events and have enjoyed it. These athletes have plenty guts and courage I hope they continue to do well.
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