Day 1 of London 2012 Olympics Round Up: Aquatics, Cycling, Judo and Gymnastics.
With so many results and too much to mention for people to read, most will be summaries or results for those hoping to know, without seeing a screen.
After the Opening Ceremony, the Olympics officially began on Saturday 28th July, with rowing in the early morning seeing Great Britain lead the charge in the females coming first, and the males both in the 2 men boats, with Helen Glover and Heather Stanning also setting a new Olympic record. Britain’s beautiful boys Will Satch and George Nash, both twenty two years of age, rowed to victory in the double sculls vessel.
The biggest news came in Cycling and Swimming, where Team GB, including Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins and home favourite Mark Cavendish unable to win the Cycling challenge around London, was won by Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov. Cavendish crossed the line at 29th place. Cavendish also told a reporter to “stop asking stupid questions” once asked a daft one of whether the Tour De France had tired the athlete out.
The BBC also took a hit, having to apologise for the poor coverage of the race, with presenter Jake Humprey apologising for poor audio and Gary Lineker tweeting on the camerawork – “This is the Olympics. The coverage is from a pool of broadcasters from across the world. I’m afraid that’s how it is regardless of who hosts.” The BBC launched twenty four television channels for the two week spectacular as the main host of the TV games.
Michael Phelps unfortunately failed to win his swimming contest, losing out to fellow American competitor, Ryan Lochte after dominating the Olympics for years, with a record sixteen medals, 14 gold, in the Men’s 400 metres individual medley. Defending champ Phelps clocked a slower time than usual to qualify for the final, ending finals in fourth place. Lochte, claimed it was “my time” and “enjoyed it a lot.”
Disheartening for Phelps, though let’s not take away from Lochte, who became an impressive turning point in the event, adding valuable competition.
Women’s Beach Volleyball also took place, outside in London, filled with sand, on a sectioned off space, rather than a beach, while China claimed the first medal of the games in the shooting event.
Qualifying for Men’s Gymnastics took place with Louis Smith proceeding. Japan and China are tipped as rivals to defeat. China also won the gold for female Weightlifting.
Boxing saw Anthony Ogogo defeat Dominican Republic’s Junior Castillo by 13 – 6 on points going through to Thursday’s next round in the top sixteen.
Tennis began at the Wimbledon grounds, where both Murray brothers Andy and Craig lost out to Austrian’s Melzer and Peyer.
Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium bore host to the female football teams of Cameroon V Great Britain, which actually started on Wednesday to begin the Olympics, despite the Opening Ceremony beginning two days LATER on Friday 26th. Brazil and Great Britain proceed over New Zealand and Cameroon.
Judo saw Londoner, Ashley McKenzie, lose out to Japan’s esteemed Hiroaki Hiraoka in the 60kg category.
Sarah Menezes overcame struggle to become an inspiration, lifting victory in the finals as Olympic Gold champion for Brazil, which can only add to the pride of the 2016 Olympic holders fruitfully.
One instance was noted from the day’s events in the Excel centre – empty seats.
Tickets were given to sponsors who chose not to turn up/participate nor send representatives. Perhaps they should rectify this by placing aspiring journalists/reporters (hint hint) or individuals to represent their companies to claim those seats.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was said to be investigating the mass hubbabaloo.
The answer is clear, seats are continually empty over the course of 2012 and will remain so because, tickets are ridiculously overpriced. It can cost you near £200 to get a third level seat in most events, classed as the worst seating in the three tier placings. Football, which received the biggest dip in sales from beginning on Wednesday, start at roughly £88. It is not a viable price considering the economic climate, and GB wonder why the British public, and outsiders, have no faith in the Games forward planning. Stuart Pearce, coach for Team GB’s Male squad again faced scrutiny for failing to select, nor have David Beckham as a player (nor as Captain), as a big reason, gone unreported by the media.
Female role model and First Lady, Michelle Obama returned to the UK to cheer on the USA AND the UK with the games in a celebration of Olympic culture, and also joined David Beckham a day earlier. These two role models added high prestige to moral standing in country values, worldwide.
Many Brits want to be involved, however, everyone involved with the Olympics are keeping the public further away from the events. There are no incentives to join, and the games, supposedly meant to encourage youth, old and middle aged citizens to join in unison and come together instead of being diversely separated in society, which is already highly defragmented.
Government wish to bring the country together with the games, yet fail to understand they need to encourage the country to pay. They will not pay £80 for a seat, because they simply don’t have that amount of money, therefore causing a backlash in faith and fairness.
It never looks good with empty seats. At least fill them with professionals or Journo’s or even those who have interest and trying to make a career, embodied with the struggle of working and education fees rising with no experience or a break in the market.
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However, it makes common sense, brings people together and spreads a positive environment to join the country closer together, than pushing it further apart.
It also inspires those doing work to be further influenced to gain employment and get the country and its economy moving once more.