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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!

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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!


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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


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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


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These clouds…

Alrighty, I have been complaining about the rain for a while. Well, exactly 3 weeks if anyone is counting…

This weekend I had friends in town and we ventured out to East London to check out the progress with the Olympic Stadium and then on to Royal Greenwich – the banners posted along the streets were very clear on the ROYAL, so I am making sure I call it out correctly…

Anyway, back to my topic: rain and clouds.

While there I caught some great clouds for you on camera, so all of you far away in tropical fields can see why I have been not quite the happy runner recently. By the way, I do like clouds in photos. They make pictures moody.

Mean clouds over the London Olympic Stadium

These were the clouds we caught just as the rain stopped. The Olympic Stadium looked like it would be swept away by these clouds. By the way, weather.com reinstated their accurate forecasts for London. When I checked in the morning, they said the rain will stop at 3pm. Lo and behold, at 3pm the rain stopped and… gasp… we even caught a little bit of blue sky.

View over London from the Royal Greenwich Park

This view is from the top of Greenwich Park, near the Royal Observatory. See the city and the new Shard building in the background? I always love the view over London from Greenwich Park. And I hope you noticed the blue sky peeking out from the clouds!

A promise for better weather to come!

A happy runner again! 🙂

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
~ Marcel Proust


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Olympic Park and the 2012 Olympic Marathon

I visited the Olympic Park today and finally, for the first time, I got excited about the upcoming Olympics.

The Olympic Park is still a construction site, but the Olympic Stadium, the warm-up tracks, the Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome, the Basketball Arena, The Water Polo Arena and more is all there. Pretty neat.

Olympic Park: Aquatics Center, Olympic Stadium

There are also 2 things I learned today about the 2012 Olympic Marathon.

  1.  The 2012 Olympic Marathon will not finish in the Olympic Stadium. It will be a course through Westminster and the City, which will actually be a short round course that each marathon runner will have to run 4 times to finish.
  2. Do you know why the marathon is exactly 26.2 miles? Well, in 1908 (first Olympics in London – this year London is hosting the Olympics for the third time!) the marathon route started outside Windsor Castle and the Royals wanted to see the start (so the start line had to be moved appropriately). The route ended in the Olympic Stadium just in front of the Royal box. Some reworking of the stadium entrance was necessary and running into the stadium counter-clockwise to make this happen. So, the planned 25-mile route ended up being 26.2 miles. Later, this was established as the official marathon distance. So, if it hadn’t been for the Royal Family in 1908, the marathon distance would have been closer to 25 miles. (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon)

Olympic Stadium