run eat life

live life healthy and happy


1 Comment

My favorite moments of the Olympics and Paralympics

Some people asked me what my favorite moments of the Olympics and Paralympics have been.

With so many weeks of events that’s a tough question to answer. I loved the spectators who cheered on every athlete no matter what team they supported. I loved the cheery volunteers. Of course, I loved the athletes. The venues were set up perfectly, too.

But I think if I had to pick 3 favorite moments these would be the ones:

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake fighting it out over the Olympic 100m and 200m. This includes us “storming” the US Fan House to see the 200m final and us just making it inside and to the right TV channel with seconds left to the start. The story will later be told as “An Australian, a German and an American are trying to watch the London 2012 200m final…”.

Oscar Pistorius and Alan Oliveira fighting it out over the Paralympic T44 100m, 200m and 400m. Being in the stadium to see the 200m final, the BIG UPSET, experiencing the stunned and quiet crowd as Alan Oliveira wins this distance unexpectedly, was priceless. I am happy for Oscar Pistorius winning the T44 400m final. I am sure we will see and hear more of both athletes in Rio 2016.

Spectators giving a standing ovation as David Smith, GB Paralympic Team, enters the arena for the Boccia gold medal match. Pattaya Tadtong from Thailand ends up winning the match. Then, after the match is over, the crowd gives a standing ovation to both athletes.

I’ll leave you with a kaleidoscope of images from inside the Olympic Park during the past 6 weeks.

Advertisements


Leave a comment

Paralympics Day 4 – Inside the Olympic Stadium

This was THE day to be in the Olympic Stadium. The day of the BIG UPSET. Last Sunday.

We had some good seats behind and up from the 100m start line.

Track and Field Athletics has been my sports as a teenager, so I loved being inside the Olympic Stadium. By the time we got to our Athletics session, though, we had already spent 11 hours in the Olympic Park and were starting to get tired.

Our focus sometimes got a little sidetracked to the remote-controlled cars that brought back the javelins, for example.

Or to Kate Middleton, who handed out medals at the Victory Ceremony.


There was plenty of great sports and athletes in the stadium that Sunday, but it will most likely be remembered as the night of the BIG UPSET.

Oscar Pistorius, The Blade Runner, from South Africa was expected to win the 200m final (T43/44). After all, he also competed a few weeks earlier in the Olympics. However, he was pretty much unexpectedly beaten by the Brazilian Alan Oliveira.

The stadium was quiet for a moment. A full stadium of 80,000 spectators rendered speechless.

There even was a World Record in this race which somehow ended up forgotten.  Arnu Fourie, Oscar’s team mate, ran a World Record (T44).

It was a night to remember. Plenty of records, World Records, Paralympic Records, European Records, other regional Records.

It was amazing to be part of this!


Leave a comment

Paralympics Day 4 – 5-a-side Football and Wheelchair Basketball

After the Goalball session, we checked what was going on next. Our tickets were for the Goalball session in the morning and then a Day Pass for the rest of the day, which allowed us access into other venues within the Olympic Park as long as seats were available.

5-a side-Football was about to start, so we gave it a go. Similar to Goalball, it is a quiet game. I didn’t mention yesterday hat “Quiet, please” was the catchphrase for Goaball. The audience had to quiet. The ball had bells inside for the player to know where it was. Same thing here with 5-a-side Football. The players were blindfolded and the ball had bells in it. Only the goalkeepers are fully sighted. The goalkeeper is allowed to shout out instructions to the team. Additionally, each team had a guide, who was placed behind the other team’s goal who shouted out instructions. “Quiet, please” for the audience.

The game was, of course, slower than a regular football (soccer) match. It was really about ball control. Tackling became a very different situation.

We saw the Spain vs Iran match and if you think how the heck are they able to score a goal? I can tell you, Spain scored 2. It comes down to the goalkeeper and the guide to really guide the players along. You see the guide behind the goal here.

After the 5-a-side Football, we made our way to the Basketball arena to see if we could get to see a Wheelchair Basketball game. I was lucky! We got there right in time for the start of the Germany vs Canada match.

The Basketball arena is huge. And for once it doesn’t have the bright pink and blue colors. I like these colors really!

But the German coaches made up for the lack of pink in the arena. Last instructions before the game started.

German fans also showed colors.

It was a very high charged game. Until this Wheelchair Basketball match, both teams, Germany and Canada, won all 3 previous matches and were leading their group. Canada did win the match, but it wasn’t always sure that it would go this way. Great match to watch.

Here is Germany scoring 2 points.

Both teams made it into the semi-finals, which are today.

Germany will play the USA at 1pm my time. This should be another great game to watch. I might move my lunch break out. 🙂

May the best team win!


3 Comments

Taking a break…

After 5 days of non-stop action at the Paralympics and a day out to search for Wenlocks and Mandevilles, I need a break.

Taking a break at Tower Bridge

I took over 450 photos just in the last 2 days.

Taking photos in the Olympic Park

Sunday at the Olympic Park was full of action. We got to see so many different sports: Goalball, 5-a-side Football, Wheelchair Basketball, Tennis and hours of excitement in the Olympic Stadium. So watch out for my next post on this.

And, yes, my break will include a run today. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!


2 Comments

First day at the Olympic Park

Just catching up quickly. Yesterday, I spent my first day at the Olympic Park. The park was beyond all my imagination. It is fairly large (or at least it seems so when you walk your way through the masses of people). I am glad I have plenty of tickets for the Paralympics to enjoy the park some more.

I’ll share some more stories from the hockey games I watched and from inside the park later, but off now to enjoy some more Olympics or at least Olympic atmosphere around town.

I’ll leave you for now with a photo of the Olympic Stadium from inside the Olympic Park. This was early in the morning. After the hockey game this places was packed.

Olympic Stadium from inside the Olympic Park


6 Comments

The plan of action

The rain is pouring down outside and it bothers me less today. I did tons of planning today for next week. Next week is going to be an exciting week when the Olympics start. No time to feel sad today about the weather.

The plan of action is to enjoy the pre-Olympics activities and then the Olympics. Actually, I can’t wait. The closer we get the more excited I become.

I may be seeing the torch relay twice. Once on the road and once on the river Thames. Only today I found out that there will be a river relay from Kingston to Westminster on July 27th in the morning. Isn’t that cool? Check it out if you live close to the river!

Also, the Proms are on and I have never been. I am trying to squeeze a visit in, too.

And the new Batman movie is out.

So who has time to worry about the weather…

Here is an artistic photo-shopped image of the Olympic Stadium taken at the end of April. The sky hasn’t really changed. I hope they finished the work in the Olympic Park though. 😉

Olympic Stadium in April