Tolkien, artist

Thank You London

The Olympics are over for another year and a half until we convene in Russia for the Winter Games. Sochi should be quite amazing. The next summer games will be in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of you will be relieved that your normal television shows are once again in play, others will miss the daily athletic events that had taken over the airwaves for two weeks. They were memorable in many ways, not just in the gold medals won, but in the athletes who competed.

Every one of the 204 participating nations had at least a single woman on their team and almost half of all medals were won by women. Girl Power! I was really proud of all of the athletes. To just get to participate in the Olympic games will be a memory they will never forget. I loved the pure determination that each athlete showed, even though they knew they were not at medal speed. But they went out there and gave it everything they had. Bravo to each of you.

The faces of the Olympics for me were Oscar Pictorius running on his cheetah legs, coming in last in the 4x400 relay, but as an individual athlete, gaining the respect and love of his fellow competitors. The hugs that the equestrian riders gave to their horses as they handed them over to the grooms - there was devotion and thanks transmitted through those hugs. An acknowledgement of partnership that gave extraordinary performances. The cycling made my heart soar. I'm not fond of velodrome competition, but they made it fun to watch, and the mountain bike competition on the final day was amazing! The water sports - all of them. The swimming, the diving - what fun! Basically, I loved all of it.

And the Royals. The younger Royals were present throughout the events. William and Katherine were at many events, often with Harry, and when William was called back to duty, Kate and Henry often appeared. They didn't miss a single day and cheered for everyone, not just Great Britain athletes. It was a wonderful gesture and so human as they celebrated along with everyone else in the stands.

Yes, I love the Olympics. I have loved them for as long as I can remember, remaining glued to the television for as long as possible, watching every event I could. I send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made the London Games possible.
I agree with every word you said. It was awesome. And as you say, a big thank you to all who worked, and a big congratulations to all the athletes!
Croatia did well too, I remember seeing them compete and every time I did, I thought of you and how happy your nation would be.

Certain venues of the Olympics mean more to me than others. One of these days I'll talk about Sarajevo. But not today :-) I'm going to be having Olympics withdrawl for the day - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
While I didn't see much (no way I'm giving my account # and passcode to NBC to see it online nope nada) I did see something very important with the news blips they showed here locally. Aside from all the "local" athletes who were there there were women. Not just US or UK women... that little Saudi woman who came in last place came in first place in spirit; standing ovation first place if you ask me. I hope we see more such muslem women defy their country's antiquated thinking and go out for, not just olympics, but sports in general.

And the committee's dogged response to doping was incredible. They have made great strides with keeping the drugs to a minimum and now, if we could but remove the bias (not likely) it would be heavenly.

I did get to see some biking and swimming, everything else got locked behind the passcode wall sadly. But perhaps by winter I'll figure out some way to watch cuz I likes my cross country ski, my tobogganing and skating etc etc etc; go figure as I'm not a snow bunny. LOL

Take care my dear. I'm hiding today as 105 and already the AQI is higher than hell with 3 wildfires in the "area". *hack cough hack*

*blinks* Sarejevo? Mark Hamill? Katarina Witt! omg omg omg!
That's all I'm gonna say. :)
Yes, Sarejevo, where my mother's family had their summer home before The War. I watched that Winter Olympics with a very different viewpoint than many who were perched in front of their TVs.

I'd hide too at 105 degrees. Icky!

All of the major international sporting events have made a dedicated effort towards ferreting out dopers. Only in the US, where our domestic games (baseball and football) are our gods is doping argued against by voice only, rarely actually followed up by tests and punishments. Being sent to one's room is not a punishment if that room is the playroom.

I hope tomorrow is cooler for you :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
The mountain biking was really good, wasn't it?

And, of course, it's only a matter of days until we have the Paralympics to keep us glued to the screen.
That third place rider who lost his seat on the rocks - totally amazing! I loved the course, even though I did feel sorry for the tree roots because that was a lot of bikes running over those roots. I'm sure that they will get some tender loving care from the goundskeepers, though. Everyone knows that the British are daffy about their gardening :-) (In a good way - LOL)

- Erulisse (one L)
I wish I had half of the determination shown by the athletes. And I hope that the Royals are equally present at the Paraolympics which will take place in a couple of weeks at the same venues.

- Erulisse (one L)
He was marvelous, and it didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes too :-)

- Erulisse (one L)