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Review Of The London 2012 Olympics

Updated on August 16, 2012
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt
Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

The 2012 Olympics held in London could certainly be said to have been a major success from many perspectives.

All across the events there were many great performances that those who witnessed them either in person or watching on TV will remember for a very long time.

The fans were very passionate throughout and this was no doubt helped by the fantastic achievements of the home team.

Team GB had their best medal haul for over 100 years and owing to the fact that back then a lot less countries were competing for the medals then this years success will probably go down as their best ever.

Britain came in third in the overall medal table with a total of 65 medals,29 of them Gold and there were great moments from the likes of athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah the whole cycling team and the rowing team. But really Britains success was spread across a whole lot of sports on this occasion and with it came the fantastic turnout and noise of the fans.

In every venue people wanted to get in and see some top sporting action and really get behind their team but sportingly not shouting against the opposition.

There were some early problems in some of the venues when a lot of empty seats were clearly visible and seemingly these had been given to sponsors of the events who had not bothered to use them.

With people going to great lengths to try and get tickets this sort of thing seemed totally unnecessary and is surely something that can be looked at in the future and a lot more tickets could be given to those who really want them.

Overall it was a fantastic Olympic games. The opening ceremony got a lot of praise and was judged to be one of the better ones. Sadly the same cannot be said of the closing ceremony which didn’t seem to have any idea or focus as to what it was supposed to be but just seemed to be a rag-tag collection of singers and bands popular through the decades.

But it is the actual events that people will recall in years to come and it’s fair to say there are many moments to choose from.

Jamaican Usain Bolt became in his own words ‘a living legend’ with his magnificent displays in the sprints as he won by a good distance the 100 metres, 200 metres and he was in the 4x100 metres relay which won in a World record time. He was up against his Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake and in another era Blake would have won easily but Bolt showed his dominance winning all three gold medals for the second Olympics in a row.

Another to dominate in consecutive Olympics was American Michael

Phelps. This time the greatest swimmer ever won 4 Gold and 2 silver to take his overall total in 3 dominant Olympic performances to 18 Gold 2 silver and 2 bronze. He has decided to retire from swimming now at the age of 27 as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history and as another living legend.

These were just the feats of 2 superstars of sport and there were so many others in many different area across all the venues and sports.

Now it can be looked back on as a really good tournament and those that made their noise in the stadiums can be proud to have been there those that watched on TV can imagine that they were.

It seems a different time now before the games were staged when they were viewed with a lot of cynicism or apathy. As the games went on more and more people seemed to really enter into the spirit of them and really back them. People had loved every minute of them and were then disappointed they were over. This was all that the organisers could have hoped for.


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    • CyclingFitness profile image

      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      You're welcome. There's some good content here that could easily get lost in the search pages if you're too general with a title

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      michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks CyclingFitness. Yes i had tried another couple of titles but they were taken but i'll try something like the one you mention here.

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Nice article. I'd recommend a title tweak for getting the most out out google searches. Whther it's a 'Review of the London 2012 Olympics' or similar it'll be more likely of generating you some web traffic

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      michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for commenting Danny. Yes i'm the same. I don't tend to watch a lot of sports at other times but i was hooked with most of the stuff i seen here. Yes, you're right. That Saturday when GB won 3 golds was amazing. The athletes were brilliant that night and the crowd were one of the best i can remember seeing.

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      DannyHurst 5 years ago from Manchester, UK

      I'll admit I don't really follow any athletics or swimming results at any other times but I really enjoyed watching both at the 2012 Olympics.

      The highlight had to be the middle Saturday night when GB won 3 golds in less than an hour (Farah, Ennis and Rutherford) It was amazing to watch on TV, i can't even imagine what it must have been like to be in the Stadium.

      Also enjoyed the swimming, particulary the race where Phelps just missed a gold when the South African swimmer stole in at literally the last millisecond

      Good article, voted up :)