London 2012 was incredible, simple as. The Olympic and Paralympic games created an atmosphere within London the likes of which I have never experienced before in my lifetime. The city and indeed Great Britain united and were rewarded by some amazing results from our athletes. Who will ever forget Super Saturday? Golden Saturday, whatever you want to call it, it was magical. Like millions of others I was glued to the screen, on the edge of my seat, screaming for someone I’ve never met and willing them on to victory. Much like this …
The Paralympics were just as fantastic as the Olympics, and probably went further than any previous games in terms of raising awareness and appreciation of the Paralympics and Paralympions. I was lucky enough to visit the Olympic park during the Paralympics and witness some 7aside football, goalball, wheelchair basketball and watch a bit of the athletics on one of the big screens. Athletics like this …
Last was last year though, this year was the turn of the Anniversary Games which took place over 3 days, of which I was lucky enough to get hold of a ticket for the final day at the very last minute.
The Anniversary Games was an athletics only event, so everything took place inside the Olympic Stadium. This was fine by me as I’d never been into the stadium before and was excited by the prospect. This excitement only heightened getting off the train at Stratford and witnessing a sea of GB flags. It was almost like 2012 again … almost.
I visit a lot of stadiums in England due to my love of football and generally am of the opinion that the newer, oval shaped stadiums whilst comfy, can lack atmosphere. I have to say that I was impressed by the amount of noise and atmosphere held in by the Olympic Stadium. The views from all seats were also impressive, even way up in the gods. All in all I was pretty stoked with my seat and experience, it bought back fond memories of 12 months previous whilst also being thoroughly entertaining.
Down on the track it was a shame that Jonnie Peacock couldn’t replicate his 2012 win, but he did set a new British Record and to be far the winner of the 100m T43/44 race, Alan Olivera of Brazil, set a new World Record.
Elsewhere there were wins for some of our other Paralympic hero’s. The Wolfman David Weir won his Mens 1 mile T54. As he did at London 2012, Richard Whitehead stormed off the bend in his Men’s 200m T42 to claim gold. In the T44 Discus Daniel Greaves threw a huge 57.42m to claim victory, and in the women’s 100m T33/34 Hannah Cockcroft claimed 1st place along with stadium record of 17.80.
All in all, despite the Sundays events only lasting roughly 4 hours, it was a great day out. There were a few empty seats scattered around which was disappointing when you consider the event was supposed to be sold out. Most of the empty seats were the expensive ones so it looks like sponsors and VIPs neglected to use their tickets which is just shocking. That did however mean that my friend and I could sneak down there and get a better view of the medal ceremonies at the end of the day. Tidy!
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I love the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and cant wait to see what it’ll be like once complete. Some of the arena’s from 2012 have already gone whilst others are in a state of transition. At present it looks a bit of a building site, but in the future I’m sure it is to house many more great memories for athletes, tourists and local residents. A worthy day out if you are ever in the east of London.