Olympics

We didn’t get any olympic tickets in the ballot but my sister saved the day and came up with seats for the women’s semi-final at Wembley. That was the France v Japan game, which wasn’t as good as the US v Canada extravaganza but still plenty handy.  We had a fantastic time.

How has the Olympics been for you? Did you get tickets? What was it all like?

3 thoughts on “Olympics

  1. I have had these letters published in The Guardian recently:
    As soon as she knew that getting Olympic tickets was a possibility, my twelve-year-old daughter started saving Christmas and birthday money. She is a member of three sports clubs in Newham – fencing, trampolining and gymnastics. When the ticketing website went live, we spent hours trying for as many tickets as we could. Two weeks at home in the Olympic borough would replace an annual holiday.
    Our saving, and time spent clicking were rewarded with not a single ticket.
    This frustration was compounded when we saw rows on empty seats just half a mile from our home on day one, and then discovered that at least a fifth of seats are reserved for the Olympic family and their and corporate friends.
    The ticketing process is clearly seriously flawed and designed to ensure that those who make a profit through encouraging obesity, prevail over those who want to see and learn from their role models. So much for the commitment to ‘inspire a generation’ and ‘create step change in sporting participation’.
    ——————————————————————————————————Once a year children from a fencing club in Newham – the host Olympic borough and also one of the top ten most deprived areas in the UK – attempt to cobble together £400 each to attend a training camp at Millfield School in Somerset. Millfield’s resources are truly staggering; including an equestrian centre, stabling for 50 horses, a 50m Olympic swimming pool, Tartan athletics track, playing fields, a putting green an indoor tennis centre and a fencing salle. It is hardly surprising that this one school produces a disproportionate number of Olympic medallists at a cost of £10,420 per term.
    Contrast this with the experience of one Newham school. Rokeby in Canning Town is currently hosting Olympic volley ball teams. When the elite athletes took over the building air conditioning was installed in a previously overheated sports hall. As soon as they leave it will be removed. Is this what they mean by a legacy?
    ———————————————————————————————————As the Olympic torch made its way along the Romford Road in Newham on 21st July – preceded by the Coke Cola, Samsung and Lloyds buses, it was difficult not to be cynical, especially when it passed the Atherton Leisure Centre. This is the nearest sports centre to the Olympic park, last year it was used by 240 000 people in one of the poorest, most obese and least active boroughs in the nation. In January the council closed the pools and in December the entire centre will shut down. So much for the promised legacy, of a step change in sporting participation.
    ——————————————————————————————————Stratford is undoubtedly being transformed by the Olympics (London 2012 legacy: the battle begins on a Newham estate, June 14th ) the council is determined to change the social profile of the area by ‘decanting’ residents from the Carpenters Estate. On January 1st our council celebrated the start of the Olympic year, with its promise to create a step change in sporting participation, by closing the nearest swimming pool to the Olympic park. Sadly, much of what the area is gaining is temporary. Many of the Olympic venues will be demolished soon after the closing ceremony, as they are for minority sports that will not generate income.
    Much of what will serve as a real asset to Newham is also going to be destroyed. A bridge has been constructed across the busy A11 in order that those who are attending the games by the DLR can walk safely to the venues. This is also being ripped down, despite the fact that it would make a value contribution to cycling and walking and enjoying the new Olympic park, which was supposed to be a legacy of the games.

  2. Though on a different continent, and only watched the events through the medium of the internet, I found the games to be enrapturing. It’s normally quite easy to be cynical about the Olympics, but, for me, there seemed something genuine about this one.

    Nice work, London.

  3. Whilst I have some sumpathy with Simon and applaud his efforts it is is a shame that it takes a view from accross the pond on the games themselves

    There are not enough superlatives in the english language to describe how good it has been

    It has been a privilege for those able to attend, a wonderful experience for those lucky to live in this great city and an epic 14 days for both sports fans and non sports fans alike

    Our athletes, volunteers and fans have produced a games the country can be proud of

    Britain has embraced the Olympic spirit and is a better place for it

    Bring on the ParaOlympics…

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