The one event I got tickets for at 2012 was the preliminary rounds for the Taekwondo, the Mens -68kg and the womens -57kg. To be fair, the only other tickets I went for were Archery and the Opening/Closing ceremony (of course I never expected to get those). I only went for the preliminary Taekwondo tickets because I figured I’d have a chance of getting those and I wanted to see something at the Olympics. I’m a Londoner born and bred (even if people don’t believe that because of my accent) and there was no way I was going to miss this. (Oh how I wish I’d gone for more tickets! I’ve absolutely LOVED the last 2 weeks I am feeling a little fatigued now, but it has been excellente!0
On Thursday 9th me and hubby got up at stupid O’Clock to get to the ExCel centre in time for the 9am start time. In hindsight we probably didn’t need to get up at 5am, but I hate being late for things and I really wanted to make sure we got there in time! We left the house 6.15am in glorious sunshine, and an hour and 15 mins later we arrived at the ExCel centre.
Being so early we breezed through security and meandered our way inside.
While we waited to get to our seats (the doors opened at 8am) we consumed rather overpriced bacon rolls, (Although they were pretty damned tasty!) and got our photo taken with a torch. We then headed to our seats – right at the back!!
At 8.30 we were given a wonderful demonstration by the World Taekwondo Federation, a mock fight (very well choreographed!) and elaborate set ups to kick piece of wood. (On occasion they were cards.)
At one point they had set it up so that one of them was blindfolded and they had bells to tell him where to go to kick the cards. And he did it. TWICE.
And then it was on with the competition. (I took so many pictures here that its been very hard to know what to include! And in fact I’m going to cut this post because this is rather picture heavy!) The whole event was fantastic! The skill shown by the athletes was amazing.
Yes ok I’m a little slow at posting this considering I saw this over a week ago at Alexandra Palace and we’re now almost half way through the Olympics. Initially I was just going to line the street and watch the torch go past, however a friend of hubby’s was visiting the UK and her brother had actual got some tickets to event at the end of the day. Hubby wasn’t so interested in going, he’s not one for crowds. (We had a semi disastrous attempt at seeing the Queen’s Jubilee stuff – which I did mean to post and never got around to.) But I really wanted to be there, to be able to see it so I asked for one of the tickets. It was a very hot and sunny evening, which was really nice (although I was a little worried about getting sunburnt) and not that busy in the area where the torch relay was going to end. (Ticketing, they were free tickets, meant they could control the numbers, it was quite sensible.) While we waited for the Torch to turn up we had some yummy (if expensive) ice cream and watched the entertainment provided.
I have to say this was probably the most corporate event I’ve ever been to. The opening acts were sponsored by Samsung, TSB and then Coke. The only advantage was that I did get free drinks, as Coke were handing out free bottles of cola ( I have kept one of the limited edition bottles as I feel it could make a nice little flower pot.)
I will confess to not wearing the most sensible shoes (heeled sandals) I can walk in them fine, however standing in them for 2 hours and then walking for 1 hour and 20 minutes home…. yeah….. they hurt. A LOT. It was however a very nice walk through several woods, but still not good footwear.
Because this is going to be rather photo heavy I’m going to have to trim it, I just want to say that since the games have started I have been loving EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
In fact I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t try and go for more tickets, I do actually enjoy watching the rowing and I should have tried for the cycling/swimming that would have been good to! But I shall console myself with having quite a few events to go to for the Paralympics which will be just as awesome! 😀
Well the Olympics are over for another 4 years and wow what an Olympics it was. 🙂 I’m sure I remember seeing something on the news about how for 2012 the British team were aiming for 19 golds, and I can’t remember how many silver or bronze, and I thought to myself, “Hmm, well that’s unlikely to happen”. I’m just too used to getting disappointed in the Football, Cricket, Rugby and all that.
You can imagine then that this Olympics turned out to be a rather pleasant surprise for me and probably a lot of other people.
19 Golds, 13 Silvers and 15 Bronze for at total of 47 Medals. Meaning that we can 4th.. FOURTH in the medals table, behind China (with 100 medals, 51 Gold), USA (with 110 medals, 36 Gold) and Russia (72 medals, 23 Gold). WOW.
We got 14 medals alone from the cyclists, with sailing, rowing and canoeing giving us quite a few more. The Australians, have joked that we only do well in the sitting down sports.. I think they might be a little bitter 😉
It was an amazing games, especially when you consider that both China and the USA had over 600 athletes each, while Britain had about half that number. And our best medal haul in 100 years. 🙂
Now I’m looking forward to 2012 (I’m just going to have to learn to cope with that god awful logo thou), and I’m definitely getting tickets to see.. something.. maybe the cycling? Swimming? Something at least! 🙂