Cheerio to the Olympics

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt

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Our family is really going to miss watching the Olympics together.

How about you??

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We viewed the opening night ceremonies under the stars in Greece.

Slim Paley photo

It was all good… after we found the English speaking channel.

Hard to follow intense hospital bed choreography without some sort of explanation.

Just sayin.

Caught the second week, though somewhat spottily, late nights in our hotel room at Le Bristol in Paris, albeit with a decidedly British perspective, courtesy of BBC 3.

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As  fans of Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe from the last summer Olympics, we enjoyed watching him as a commentator on the British coverage this year.

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Ian Thorpe and some other hunky British swimmer commentator.

Oh wait,

I might be wandering off track…

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At this point, I must cop to being a bit of a cheater when it came time to pick a team to root for.

As a newly minted American citizen

it was very easy to step up and root for all the charismatic Yanks

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Michael Phelps paving his very own yellow brick road.

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A little music for your viewing pleasure…

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Phelps

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Decathlon gold medal winner Ashton Eaton

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6′ 4″ Destinee Hooker

and the U.S. Women’s volleyball team had me on the edge of my seat (OK, my bed) and almost convinced I should start working out more.

But then I grabbed another chocolate croissant and got real.

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Are these women unbelievable??

Kerri & Misty

All I remember from playing high school volleyball are the blood blisters I’d get on the inside of my wrists if the ball so much as touched me.

Good thing it rarely happened.

Oh…the traumatic memories of never getting picked…

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Don’t even know what he did, but damn, those are some guns.

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And what’s not to love about a face like this?!

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Gabby Douglas

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Lolo Jones

fought through unfair press to finish 4th.

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However when the Brits were dong well, my old U.K. heritage kicked in with, well, Olympic speed.

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The Union Jack is in my blood, after all :)

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British Women’s Rowers rejoice.

I think of all the miserable, cold and rainy mornings they get up so early to practice for this moment

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It makes me want to mix up a Pimms and  go out for a good curry to celebrate.

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As for Oh Canada, another place I like to call home

I found myself quietly jumping up and down whenever we they got close to any medaling

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Rosie MacLennan wins Canada’s first (and only??) Gold medal for women’s trampoline.

Sadly, it was rather a poor showing for the Maple Leafers

but

they will be kicking derrieres and taking names in the next Winter Olympics people, so watch out eh?

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And then,

there were those athletes who it didn’t matter where they were from, you just wanted them to win

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Oscar Pistorius from South Africa

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One of my favourite moments

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The Jamaican sweep of the men’s 200m led by Usain Bolt

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David Rudisha of Africa breaks the World record for the men’s 800m

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Go Oscar

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Synchronised swimmers

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What was your favourite moment of the 2012 Olympics?!

Have they inspired you to get up and jangle the molecules a little more?

I’m thinking of rubbing some chalk onto my legs and ordering a fresh wheatgrass juice at “Blenders in the Grass” tomorrow

 to have people mistake me for an athlete.

It could happen.

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OK, maybe not.

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Will you watching the closing ceremonies Saturday?

We’ll be watching in the comfort of our home once again.

omg is my husband happy to have his own remote back in his hand.

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See you there!

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oh, and you can thank Anouchka and her comment for this late addition photo;

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Hugo Parisi

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38 thoughts on “Cheerio to the Olympics

  1. Super Olympian gold metal photos you took!! Have watched so much of the Olympics that my derriere has calluses!! Loved and saw every moment in your pics and thought that the true Olympic spirit was there–that the best man, team, won regardless of race, country or religion!! The crowd was spectacular in that they were dead quiet when necessary and cheered everyone on! GOOD SPORTS THE BRITS!!! The judging also seemed extremely fair compared to past events so that made it alot more interesting. Good job by NBC! Great post–wonder why you were not there?

  2. SP I’m thinking that I am almost an Olympian…I liked the sparks dripping out of the melting industrial vats during the opening ceremonies…huh? There are two Hookers that I have seen competing (many more in the vicinity, but that’s another story,,,). I have MacLellan in my family tree. I went to the same high school as Misty May and I got an A in PE while acting as the volleyball official for a term…while I had one leg in a cast. AND I was on the synchronized swimming Aqua Show ‘team’. Ok, it’s a stretch but I am totally digging on David Oliver…Thanks for that eye candy!
    xoxo, Chris (Hooker)

  3. I think it says oodles that even those of us who were not even remotely talented in any sport (ah-hem) have been totally and completely swept up by these Games! Holy canoli have they been exciting! As in every single moment, every day. I will seriously be bumming come Monday but will be glued to the closing ceremony until that torch is passed on! Hello? Rolling Stones, the Who, Annie Lennox, Adele…I could go on. Sounds like it is going to be a great end to a wonderful few weeks.
    Glad you are home safe and sound, Slim.

  4. Was in Capri on the first week of the Olympics , so tried to watch the Opening at my hotel Fawlty Towers but with one channel and the Italian commentating nothing to do with the ceremony was very confusing and I speak Italian, also commercials every 3 minutes on a live ceremony!
    Now for the second week the first event I watched was Usain Bolt win the 100m sprint and that was it I have been glued to my tv everyday and so has most of London.
    I am so proud of the welcome and support from the British Crowd for all Athletes. My friends who have been to watch live events said that energy and the roar of the crowd is unbelievable, you can feel it all over London.

    The stories of some of these Athletes are just amazing and moving, recovering from broken necks, cancer, collapsed lungs etc and yet they win a Gold Medal. I cant even run for 2 minutes, but after watching the Olympics I want to sprint everywhere and get fit.
    Btw closing ceremony is Sunday night not Saturday, so happy for Team GB and Jamaica and all the little places like Grenada who won its first medal ever and it was amazing. God I could go on forever, found this Olympics very moving and inspiring.
    Thank you for this great post oh and you are missing a pic of Hugo Parisi Brazilian Diver, not for the medals but caliente!!

  5. Fabulous post – I want to save it to remind me of a flawless Olympics put on by the Brits. What a show and your pictures are wonderful. Loved the opening ceremony – how can they top that? Favorite moments? Too hard to say but have loved the gymnastics (because my daughter competed when she was in lower school), swimming, diving (the pairs diving is amazing), beach volleyball, some great moments in track and field…… Too long a list and it’s sadly coming to an end too soon. It’s been a great run!!
    I did record lots of the coverage but need to delete so I can record some of the final episodes and new episodes of my favorites. Do you watch Suits? Can’t get enough of it. The Closer is coming to an end but Major Crimes debuts this week – hmmmm, that’s a wait and see. Enjoy your last weekend in bed watching the best Olympics I’ve seen in years.

  6. Awesome post……so much to see and marvel at. I loved everytime I saw the U.S. take the gold but it was those against all odd stories that really pulled at my heartstrings and there were many this go around. I will absolutely miss the games as its now part of my nightly ritual!

  7. I loved that the Hubs and I wanted to watch the same thing every night together…I will miss that first and foremost…is that being non-patriotic? The whole experience was awesome..the stories behind those driven kids brought tears to ~both~ our eyes night after night…the second thing I will miss most.

  8. Great memories, Slim. Great pictures. It went so fast I’m sorry I missed some of the highlights. Ok, as a Canadian girl, I’m not happy about the US and Canadian Womens’ soccer match! But I am so impressed with those young gymnasts and their determination. All the athletes are so inspiring! I’ll be tuning in to the closing ceremonies for sure. See you there :)

  9. I have LOVED watching the Olympics. My 12 yr old granddaughter stayed with me after I came home from surgery & rehab. We watched every night and she especially fell in love with the gymnasts and Gabby!

    The spirit of all involved was so amazing though no matter the country!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series

  10. You did better coverage than NBC, Slim. I believe I enjoy your post way, way more than (almost) all the events. xo

  11. nice selection of pics…isn’t human nature fascinating? I personally get warm fuzzies when I hear the stories of inspiration. The preparation needed…the determination needed…so incredible to see all of the avenues of ability through the lens of the olympic games…

  12. Great pix. Sadly, I’ve been on deadline and so have missed most of it, even Usain, who would have been worth getting out of bed at 5.30am for! (Australian time) And yes, Ian Thorpe is one of our best, although there are rumours that he, er, swims the other way. Personally, I think your boys are better looking. Ours seem to have drunk too much this time; our medal tally has been dismal.
    janelle mcculloch | library of design

    • You’re right smr. My apologies.
      And just to reiterate, Australia loves Ian Thorpe. Unlike another of our commentators / former Olympians who is accused of being violent to his former wife, Ian has been a complete gentleman throughout his entire career. He is a dream to interview, and a role model for young athletes everywhere. It’s the characters that make the Olympics I think, as much as the sports.
      And wasn’t it cute when Will and Kate did an impromptu hug of glee?

  13. Make that three! I like watching the olympics, but it makes me feel a little unaccomplished sometimes. Those beach volleyball girls are amazing.. they inspire me to think about working out. Now I just need to do it!!

  14. p.s. forgot to mention the elder contention of olympians–especially the 57 year old gymnast on the rings–holy cow! also, caught the Russian gymnast that has been in 6 Olympics (hmm, is that possible?) that did a vault..she has teenage girls!! in awe….

  15. Gold medal to you for this wonderful wrap-up! I’m going to need a 12-step program to get through the first few days of Olympic withdrawal. It has been one of my favorites ever. Loved the Brits and their class and fun spirit. Loved the personalities, the back stories and all the competitions. And I especially loved hearing that star spangled anthem soooooo many times! So many favorite moments, but I think the moment when James asked for Oscar’s running tag embodied the best of Olypmic sports.

  16. Beautiful …. Hate to see it end, as well.
    Durante brought the tears for me today- but
    I’m SMILING through them!!
    Thanks for the memories, friend.

  17. Fun post Slim. I just did an Olympic post too yesterday and we have many of the same photos. I was totally inspired by these games and realize I have no excuse now not to be fit!

    What an enjoyable few weeks and I will be sad when it’s all over.

    Kim

  18. What a fabulous tribute to the games. I loved them and seeing again brought back memories of each event. BRAVO to every one involved in putting this magic together. Not one nasty moment. Proud of you one and all.
    Thank you Slim for making us smile again. I will also see you at the closing event.

  19. Fabulous post and I enjoyed the Olympic viewing more than some years past, not sure why. I really loved so many of the personal stories this year and felt happy for athlete’s from other countries based on the story. I will miss the welcome diversion to the usual boring summer television viewing.
    Karen

  20. I am Olympiced out , at my house the TV on all night, accompanied by shouting and swearing, my son takes sport tres seriously . I’ll be glad when its over.

    I’m however a fan of many Aust athletes. One favourite moment was Sally Pearson’s (100 metes hurdles gold ) reaction when asked by a commentator if God had helped her to win.

    Could Canada have been any unluckier ?now the 100 metes relay.

  21. awww i loved this post, very nice coverage Slim!

    I’ll miss watching the Olympics, I love all the stories behind the athletes. London did a great job.

    My favourite moment/event was definitely the woman’s soccer match between the U.S and Canada, that was such an exciting game! That Christine Sinclair scored 3 goals against the best woman’s team in the world was so amazing.

    I also loved the nametag swap between Pistorious and the other competitor, such a sweet moment.

    that Oliver guy’s body is sick..

  22. will miss the Lympics SO MUCH!!! I loved everything about it. I was so proud of all the Australians but I keep thinking about that Britsih guy who won the 1000m race and how his little girl ran out with his pregnant wife. I have cried with emotion through the whole thing and naturally have done nothing but eat and drink wine while watching. I miss it already x

  23. Oh Yes! Love Ian Thorpe – he is more than just a swimmer. He is a thinker. Lovely. Actually was quite stunned when I saw Ian in real life – he is beyond incredibly good looking.

  24. Beautiful, beautiful photos. Thanks for your coverage, Slim. Some of your “close-ups” are so much better than NBS’s. Although they did a wonderful job!

  25. Bravo and Cheerios to England! You are right! The effort, expense……and it came off beautifully!

    Beautiful!

    I was choked up watching everything I did!

    What a wonderful tribute to athlete’s all over the world!

    Bravo to the ones who didn’t win medals……They got there! Astonishing!

    Beautiful!

    Your coverage was my favorite!

    Penelope

  26. “but then I grabbed another chocolate croissant and got real.”

    “Oh, the memories of not getting picked….”

    = my life. <3 But that's okay. It's a very yummy life.

  27. Mark Foster is the “hunky” Brisith commentator Slim. He is also an olympian swimmer. Have drooled over him for years.

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