So, the London 2012 Olympics are over. I heaved a heavy sigh at the end, but it was a sigh of satisfaction. Satisfaction, inspiration, and a little bit of curiosity…
I haven’t written a newsletter, as such, since before the games, because I was busy. Busy being lucky enough to savour the magical atmosphere at a couple of the events, busy watching the rest on TV, for more hours a day than I have ever watched TV before (and for a telly addict like me that’s saying something!)
I was also busy writing Olympic related articles – well over 20 of them in fact, as the individual stories hit my ‘must write about it’ button! If you type ‘Olympics’ or ‘London 2012’ into the blog search box, you’ll find them.
Something happens every time an Olympics comes around, and it happened again this time – I look at the athletes and think “Hmm, I wonder if I could do that?” I’ve made attempts to try various things in the past. All to pretty much no avail by the way, but I’ve had fun trying.
Pole vault, long jump, running, curling, it seems that none of those will get me to an Olympics.
I am still trying to find something online that allows you to get assessed to see what sports your body type would be good for – I suspect mine would say ‘none, old timer’ but I’d still love to find out.
My main problem? Being probably 4 inches too small – if I had those extra inches, so many sports would open up as possibilities.
I was interested to see the commentator describe the German gold winning discus thrower as using the ‘classic German technique’ – what did that mean compared to the non German technique?
Well, I did some research, and it’s all to do with the follow through after release. That seem interesting to me, and makes me wonder why other nations don’t seem to follow that technique?
I also looked at the physical stats of the discus throwers, and they are all big units! Mostly well over 6 feet, you can imagine the long levers and extra power that gives them.
Maybe I could try it in 4 inch platform heels? And if I wore platform heels, then they would have be covered in sequins, right?
Imagine it in Rio – 80,000 people in the stadium ask who the odd new mascot is, before discovering it’s actually me getting ready for my throw.
I imagine I’ll be giving something a go in the next few weeks – I did find out there is a beach volleyball court within an hour’s drive from me, and the 4,000 tonnes of sand from the Olympic courts will be used in and around London to create courts, as part of the legacy promise of the games.
In all seriousness, the most realistic way of me being at Rio would be in the broadcasting field, but that image doesn’t make me smile as much as the 4 inch sequinned platforms, which is the image I’ll leave you with today!
The London 2012 tag line was “inspire a generation” – well, it didn’t say which generation, and I take that as meaning the generation that watched it. So, were you inspired, and what will you be doing about it?
I want your feedback – seriously tell me about your Olympic inspiration or maybe your lack of it?
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget my motivational book is still dirt cheap on kindle ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’