After four attempts at buying Olympic tickets, Lee finally secured a pair for the Athletics, albeit at an obscene price!! I am not ashamed to admit that I am the least sport-minded person I know…I don’t even get excited about Wimbledon! But…even I could see that the Olympics in London was something special & wanted to experience it first hand.
We set off bright & early, even though our tickets were for the evening. Our journey could not have been simpler & it seemed as if the world & his wife were travelling to the Olympic Park! The ‘Javelin’ train from St Pancras to Stratford took just 7 minutes & then we were THERE!!
It was just as you’ve seen on TV & in the papers! Every volunteer ‘Games Maker’ was cheerful & happy to help. There was a total sense of enjoyment in the air.
Once in the park it was very busy
but so many people had entered
into the spirit of things & I really
loved this father & daughter effort!
We decided to take in as much as
we could of the park before deciding
where to eat our lunch!
I loved these giant mirror
letters in front of the ‘Copper Box’…it was quite cloudy during our visit & the reflections were wonderful!
The Coca Cola ‘Beat
…Lee & the Velodrome!
There was a noticeable police presence throughout the park, but they all seemed to be enjoying the event as much as we were! The mounted police especially were getting a lot of attention & willingly posed for photographs!
Every so often this team
of performance dancers
would break into a sport
themed routine…a bit like a flash mob but without the music!!
Sadly we hadn’t been able to get
tickets for the ‘Orbit’ on the day of
our visit, but it was still impressive
from ground level! There was a lift
to the top where I hear the views
were amazing, but you had to walk
Then it was time to go into the Athletic Stadium! I cannot tell you how excited I was!! In spite of there being eighty thousand people with tickets, the whole process was very civilised & we were soon inside!
Our first view of the
Olympic Cauldron was
through an entrance &
we stopped to take
pictures, thinking we would not get such a good view again!
But once we got to our seats we realised that we were sitting a stones throw away with an uninterrupted view!
The stadium is amazing, no pillars, no columns…nothing to obscure your view wherever you sit!
There was gentleman sat
right in front of us who
offered to take some
photo’s of us together!
The position of our seats meant that we had a great view of the finishing line for all the track races & could clearly see all of the other events taking place too. We watched the volunteers setting up the hurdles with military precision…
…& then cheered as the race was run!
This was the man we had
been waiting to see…
…Grabarz, Team GB!
In Sixth Form College Lee
had been County High
Jump Champion, so this
was the final he really
wanted to see. Grabarz had a good chance of winning Gold!
He did however get to do his lap of honour for winning the Bronze…
We also got to see three separate Award Ceremonies…some of those National Anthems are very long!!
Well, Lee had very kindly bought me an official Olympic scarf from Next, to wear & wave during our visit.
What he didn’t tell me was that he had posted a photo of me wearing it at the stadium on the Next Olympic Competition website….& guess what? He won a pair of tickets for the Paralympic Closing Ceremony on September 9th! So we get to do it all, all over again!! How cool is that?!!
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