Monday, 6 August 2012

Inspirational

OK...I'm going to have to hold my hands up now. 

I have to admit that in spite of my recent post about having no interest in sport other than the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, I've actually been watching some of the events.

I can't tell you names of athletes and events, other than Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray, but I am pretty amazed at how much I have enjoyed watching sporting events in which I would never normally have any interest.

I think it may have something to do with the number of gold medals that have been won by Team GB, the cheers of the crowds, and how such occasions seem to stir up feelings of patriotism.

But mostly I find myself in awe of these young athletes, and their utter dedication, stamina and discipline.  They are such an inspiration to young people everywhere.

I saw this on Facebook this morning which says it all for me:

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  1. Good pic on facebook. Sadly have to admit Ihavent watched the olympics except half an hour of opening ceremony and a re run of the 100m mens final, but I am immensely proud of all the athletes. I just wish however, that all this corporateness of the olympics didnt exist !!

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    1. I have an open mind about corporate sponsorship..to a certain extent. I suppose it keeps costs down. I can also appreciate that an athlete's competing life is short so good luck to them if they can cash in after the event. I read somewhere that Jessica Ennis stands to make £5million in future deals.
      One thing that is sad though is the number of tickets allocated to sponsors that actually remain unused when it would seem that thousands of genuine supporters are unable to get them.

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  2. Deffo agree with you about athletes cashing in thats ok. So sad too about the ticket situation thats what annoys me the most. Why oh why do they give the sponsors so many??

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    1. It's wrong greygirl but I suppose the sponsors assume that's part of what they are paying for. It seems to be the same in most spectator sports these days unfortunately.

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  3. I think all of us old cynics are eating our words today. I was cheering on Andy Murray yesterday as if my life depended on it. I'm not a flag waver but I had tears in my eyes watching the interviews with Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo the runner. I don't know what's been put in the water in the UK in the last couple of days but the whole place is on a high.

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    1. Yes BtoB, I was also moved by some of the interviews and it surprises me that I have reacted this way. There must be a tremendous atmosphere in the UK at the moment. Let's hope it doesn't all fall flat when the Olympics are over

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  4. Well Ayak, I was in the Olympic stadium when Jess Ennis won her gold, when Greg Rutherford won gold in the long jump and the god that is Mo Farah won the 10, 000 metres. I am not a patriot, in fact I'm pretty well near to being a republican atheist....but was happy to wave my union flag, and at least hum the tune to God save the Queen, during the medal ceremonies. It was an incredible night. My daughter summed it up when she commented, as everyone was cheering all the athlete's achievements, no matter where they came from....."if we had one of these every year, maybe people would realise how crazy wars are".....we did get into a conversation about the costs, the sponsors, and capitalism.......but I understood what she was saying. The goodwill to all nations was there in abundance. J.

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    1. Wow Janice. How wonderful to have seen all those events. I think your daughter is right and it's a pity that it has to take something like this to put things into perspective.

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  5. Well if the media were to adopt that great suggestion it would be the end of The Sun and the Daily Mail to name but two....

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    1. Well they would be no great loss Fly!

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  6. I think for those of us who are middle aged, the performances of Team GB seems nothing short of miraculous. I know we did well in Beijing but that seemed to a lot of us a one-off wonder. We remember Eastern Europe & Russia dominating gymnastics and America the swimming & track events. UK was always way down the medals league. Suddenly our athletes are serious contenders & a force to be reckoned & we have discovered we like winning! The atmosphere is fantastic in the UK at the moment & I am dreading the moment when it ends (& not just cos I'm worried old Macca will start warbling again) - what will we talk about - it is going to seem so flat after the party ends. Boo hoo.

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    1. Hi tricia. I absolutely agree with everything you say. Who would have thought GB could have done so well. I too remember the days when GB were way down near the bottom of the medals league,and didn't generate much interest really. I think maybe it's come as a bit of a shock to the British...and a very nice one.

      Please god Macca doesn't sing again..not sure I can bear it!

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  7. I'm loving the olympics and am more shocked than anyone else that I am! I work in the East End and have been listening to people bang on about the olympics for, what seems like, forever! Meetings have had to be cancelled and re-arranged, discussions have been had about transport problems and there were times when every day seemed to bring another e-mail about yet another problem that the olympics was going to bring. I couldn't wait to see the end of it...till it started...and I watched a bit...and a bit more...

    It's been brilliant seeing Team GB do so well but also the other athletes too...I think it has something to do with seeing someone realise their dream...Oh I don't know...I'm just enjoying it :-)

    C x

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    1. Carol I think it sounds like you feel the same way as me. Being surprised at enjoying it so much. It's become a bit addictive and I'm actually going to be sorry when it ends x

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