I love to watch the Olympic Games, both the Summer Games and Winter Games. I especially enjoy watching the swimming, diving, and gymnastics during the Summer Games. But I know not everyone is as avid a fan as me, so here is some important information to know. This year, the Summer Games are being held in London, England. The Olympic Torch has been traveling around the United Kingdom since May 18, 2012. It will end when it lights up the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony for the Games.
Being a joyful multiple of four, 2012 is the year for the summer Olympics. The running of the torch has already begun, and the start of the competition is less than a month away. We all know the excitement of watching athletes from all over the world compete to be named the best in their sport. This year there are 36 different sports listed on the schedule.
The 2012 Summer Olympics have begun in London, and I am so excited! From the running of the torch to closing ceremonies, I absolutely love watching the Olympics. My very favorite Olympic event is figure skating, but since that is reserved for the Winter Games, I’ll be watching the gymnastics competition and anything in the pool. Across the world, families will sit down and watch their country’s athletes participate in their favorite sports as well.
The Olympics are coming to England. I couldn’t be more excited, and I’m sure I am not alone.
If one were to plan a party for them, now would be the time.
What would you place on your menu? Sure, you could default to the English stand-by of fish and chips, or maybe you want to try your hand at tea. Beware the clotted cream. I may enjoy it, but it isn’t for all.
The Summer Olympics begin July 27th and continue through August 12th. I enjoy both the winter and summer games, but I think the summer games are my favorite. I especially like gymnastics (both men's and women's), swimming and diving, and track.
I was going to write a nice little blog about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which goes from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 12, and I got overwhelmed. There are so many discussion points: location selection, venue construction, opening ceremony, closing ceremony, hotel costs, ticket info, uniform design, the meaning of the rings, the purpose of the torch relay, attendance, political controversies, event schedules, athlete bios, coach bios, judge profiles, weather forecasts, back stories, commentator toupees. Oh, what’s a blogger to do?
At first glance, the Olympics are an opportunity to prove dominance. Each participating country strives for athletic superiority that holds meaning for an entire nation, not just the individual. The Gold Medalist's national anthem is played upon victory, and his or her podium is raised above the other two. Still, as I watch and cheer for Team USA, I see something else happening: people putting aside their petty differences and coming together.
I may have mentioned - or possibly ranted - in an earlier blog about how much I love the Olympic Games. They are occupying my thoughts, not to mention my DVR, almost completely this week. And what I found myself thinking about, while watching the Japanese and Honduran teams fritter away the final minutes in their scoreless soccer match, was time.
August 6 was the 76th anniversary of the opening of the Games of the XI Olympiad (the 11th annual Olympics) held in Berlin, Germany. With everything that was happening that year (1936), the Olympics were a time of peace in what many called very stressful and dangerous times.