Saturday, 20 August 2016


I can honestly say that I never really paid too much attention to the Olympics until it hit London four years ago. It was just never really something that was on my radar.

When I was twelve and visited America, on the way home from the airport my Uncle drove me past the stadium from the 1996 Olympics. It was a little bit lost on me, and not only because I was rather jetlagged at the time.

Yesterday when I got home from work (early, I do love my 'Finish Early Fridays') Mr Click suggested we rewatch the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. When it was on a little over four years ago we stopped late at my in-laws' house to be able to watch it, we've watched it once more since then and I guess the Olympic coverage on TV just put us in the mood for it.

It was fun to rewatch it. Recently I read an article which went into some detail about things behind the scenes of it as well as interviews with some of the major players.

I remember as I watched it live I had a wonderful buzzing sensation, I knew that I was watching an important historical event. Maybe not a major one, but hopefully one that in the future when I hear youngsters talking about when the UK hosted the Olympics, I could say that I watched it.

Of course, I'm really the least sporty person I know. I'm more active now than I used to be, but I'm still not about to go joining a triathlon or take up hurdling in my spare time. But there is a certain sense of pleasure to be gained from watching a person who has trained for this moment for years achieving (or failing to achieve) their dreams.

This year I'm not quite as into it as I was last time around. We still don't have TV and we didn't make the effort to go somewhere with one to watch the opening this time. I've still been catching odd bits of the events on the TV at work.

And the more I see, the more I find myself wanting to watch.

I think so far my favourite moment has been what was fondly termed 'the world's fastest bromance' on the BBC News site. You know the one I mean, Bolt and De Grasse sharing a grin and a laugh while they head to the finish line.

Are you watching the Olympics? What's been your favourite moment so far?


  1. You have to love Poets Day*

    *Push Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday

    1. Hehe, I love that. I'm going to have to remember it for my next Poets Day. ;-)

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    1. I've not watched any at home, because of the no-TV thing, but it's quite fun watching it at work where you can discuss aspects of it with your colleagues.

  3. I haven't been watching this Olympics as much as I have prior ones. I generally pay some attention, though. I like gymnastics. Diving is interesting. And then various odd other sports may catch my attention. My father turned on the women's triathlon yesterday.

    1. I agree, there are some sports that I feel more drawn to than others. And some I didn't even know were a sport before I saw them doing it on TV!


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