Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Olympic 2012 Fever!

One of my fondest memories while growing up was watching the Olympics on television. My dad used to record the Olympic events on video cassettes which my siblings and I would watch over and over!  One Olympics that stuck to my mind was Barcelona 1992. Why? The Olympic flame and torch moment! So far, five (5) Olympics have come and gone and that is the best I've seen....

Antonio Rebollo, a paralympic archer who lit the Olympic Cauldron by shooting a flaming arrow and igniting it during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

The torch was carried inside by Herminio Menendez, former Spanish sprint canoer and Silver medallist at Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980. Then he handed it over to Juan Antonio San Epifanio ''Epi'', famous basket player, and Silver medallist with the Spanish basketball team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Juan then ran to the main stage and passed the flame to Antonio Rebollo, a paralympic athlete, who shot a flaming arrow towards the cauldron and lighted it up, symbolizing the start of the Olympic Games. MAGNIFICENTE!

2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
This year's opening ceremony held on the 27th July 2012. The theme was called "Isles of Wonder". The brain behind the event is Oscar-winning director of "Slum Dog Millionaire", Danny Boyle. The Games were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. This would be the second time HRH is doing so. The last one was in 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

One of the highlights of the event was a comedic short film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent, James Bond and Queen Elizabeth II. Not sure if it was really the Queen or a dummy version of her though. Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. Mr Bean, the famous British Comedian, appeared in a hilariously memorable homage to the Olympians of 'Chariots of Fire'. Also one of the surviving Beatle's members, Sir Paul McCartney, performed at the end of the ceremony. I was impressed to see Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web in appearance too. Didn't know he was British and that he was still alive. Always thought he was a very old person of the early 19th century!

For me, the highlight of the event was when all the participating countries marched out. I enjoy admiring each country's attire. Nigeria did me proud by wearing a green and white native...simple but nice.

Olympics Google Doodle
For this Olympics, Google has not disappointed its Google Doodle fans like me. See below some doodle Olympic works.

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