Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The London 2012 Olympics may be over but the experience will last a lifetime

I recently was over the moon to win tickets to the London 2012 Olympics in a competition run by Coca Cola.  I love the Olympics and the joy of watching people excel at something they love.

Joining my fellow competition winner Becky from Lakes Single Mum and the lovely Pippa from a Mothers Ramblings as well as the lovely PR ladies from Coca Cola we took our seats at the Olympic Stadium, seated a mere 9 rows from the front and with a fantastic view of the athletics proceedings.  I was in awe at the size of Olympic Park itself and was very glad I had comfortable shoes on as there is a considerable amount of walking involved when you want to have every possible photo opportunity.

Spoilt for choice on what to watch first as in front of us we had discus, hurdles, running and the final of the mens high jump finals at the back of the stadium but clearly visible to the eye on on the huge screens surrounding the majestic stadium - the atmosphere in the stadium was electric and the roars and applause for all the competitors especially for Team GB is something that will stay with me for ever.  The Olympic Torch was very close to us and a sight to behold, something that could never truly be portrayed on the television in my opinion.

The view of the Olympic Torch from our seats

The big screens around the Stadium meant you never missed anything
Hung around the top of the stadium were flags from every Country competing and the spectators around us formed a carnival of colour with their outfits showing their support for their Country and colourful flags.  The ambiance was like nothing I had experienced before and probably never will again. Friendly smiling faces each willing on the competitors and sharing in the joy of the games.  It didn't matter where you came from or which Country you were supporting every single competitor was applauded.  I felt at times in awe and quite humbled to be able to be part of the London 2012 Olympics even if I was a spectator and not actually competing.

I decided with so many athletes to watch I would just try and take in as much as I could.  Here's some of the sights and history I saw being made that night.

Lawrence Okoyo
Robert Harting of Germany after ripping his shirt off in joy of a medal win

Sally Pearson celebrating her gold medal victory
My immense thanks and appreciation go to Coco Cola for making my dream of attending the London 2012 Olympics a possibility.  I shall remember the experience forever.