Monday, 18 April 2011

'O' is for ... OLYMPICS

In 2012, The Olympics are coming to London

London has hosted the Olympic Games on two past occasions, in 1908 and 1948.

The planned 2012 Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olympiads. Our family is really looking forward to being part of the history.

A public ballot system is currently allocating 6.6million tickets to UK citizens who want to go and see the events. To make it fair the tickets are not being issued on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be allocated once the window closes on 26 April. Tickets for the Paralympics will go on sale in September.

We’ve made our selections; Athletics, Cycling, Swimming, a football match at Old Trafford. Fingers crossed.

The 2012 Games will give a huge boost to tourism in the UK, especially London with visitors from all over the world wanting to see the games and visit. Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said: “London 2012 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to show all we offer."

My earliest memory of an Olympic games was in 1976 when I can vividly recall being enthralled by the Montreal Olympics and watching Brendan Forster run the 10,000 metres. Unfortunately, he only got a bronze medal and it was Britain’s only track and field medal at those Olympics.

I was ten years old then. Next year when the 2012 Olympics come to London, my youngest will be eleven and he might not realise it yet, but he will always remember the year when the Olympics took place in London

So there you have my word for the letter ‘O.’ ‘O’ is for Olympics.

What would your choice of events be? And/or what is your first memory of an Olympic games?

Until another day
Bye for now


Angela Felsted said...

I'm so excited for you, having the Olympics come to your city.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can't imagine the crowds! Hope you get to see the events you want. The first Olympics I really remember was when Nadia scored all those perfect tens and gold medals in 1976.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love the Olympics. I've never lived anywhere near anywhere that's been fortunate enough to host them.

I'd like to see the swimming events and some tennis.

Name: Luana Krause said...

The Olympics are awesome. The closest one to my neck of the woods was the winter Olympics at Park City, Utah. I would love to go to London, though.

Siv Maria said...

1994 Winter Olympics Norway. Great fun! Do not miss out :)

Tattie Weasle said...

V. Excited! Whole family has worked out what tickets to go for so that we may get to be at the same event on the same day! Gone for the Opening, eventing at Greenwich, Pentathlon also at Greenwich and Triathlon in Hyde Park as well as the women's Archery at Lords. Trying to think that little boys of 6 and 9 will need places to run around to stop them getting bored but hopefully they will get the sense of it all!