Today I took a trip to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, and, thanks to the curiosity of my companion, found myself standing on the circular observation deck of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
A moment in history: Britain’s greatest Olympic day in over a century.
Jessica Ennis (pictured) charged to victory in the women’s heptathlon to the sound of roaring support from the home crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
With the living room currently being occupied by a disagreeable CRT television and my housemates uneaten pizzas, I’ve been getting my Olympics fix from iPlayer. Watching an uninterrupted stream of luge, figure skating, short track skating, alpine skiing, curling, hockey, snowboarding and all the other icy sports has been thrilling.
Just witnessing these giants, the best of the best, at the top of their game is electric. And with such displays of skill, determination and surprise, it’s no wonder they only do this every four years. Success, tragedy and last minute shockers – it’s terrific.
So far my home nation has only managed to achieve one medal thanks to Amy Williams (gold in the women’s skeleton). But after only achieving two medals at the Winter Games four years ago in Turin, it’s a start. Our curling teams are pretty strong.
Again I’m amazed and thankful that today’s technology gives me more opportunities to keep track of the Games beyond just seeing them live on television. The atmosphere, and the ethos of the Olympics, has always been something I’ve greatly admired. It’s no ordinary sporting event, it brings the world together like nothing else.
Catching much of the action via iPlayer, the BBC Sport team – Hazel Irvine, Sue Barker and the rest of the presenters, commentators and production crew – have provided excellent coverage, with informative, fast-cut packages, diverse interviews and their signature high quality graphics.
With the Winter Olympics right around the corner I’ve been looking back on some of the highlights from Beijing 2008. The routine of getting up and settling down in front of the TV to watch all the sporting goodness is rare treat for me these days.
Last year, the BBC commissioned Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn to produce a two minute indent for their Olympics coverage. Having just completed their interpretation of a Chinese classic, Jamie and Damon thought the characters of Journey to the West would be perfect for this BBC project. Can you spot all of the sporting events?