I finally have some downtime after a whirlwind of Olympic events. No one could accuse us of wasting our time here! Over the last few days we have seen rowing, the women’s triathlon, the bronze medal men’s singles and doubles badminton (which I finally know how to spell) and the women’s marathon. Unfortunately we had to admit energy defeat and sell off our gymnastics tickets, but I’m glad someone else got to enjoy it. Apparently it’s really hard for UK residents to actually obtain tickets. The following photo is of the queue outside of the Hyde Park viewing venue, which is seriously just a bunch of big screens for watching. This gives you an idea of how many people would love to have tickets to an event in 3 dimensions.
We had to bolt out of badminton before the conculsion of the doubles match in order to spectate the marathon. For this “free” event we got lucky and found a sparsely-populated spot on the far end of the course where we could spectated in two spots by jogging through an alleyway. Thanks to my need to find a bathroom, I also discovered a bar halfway down the alley that had a big-screen showing the race, which had only been discovered by five other people. So, we watched in those two spots and sat at the bar while they completed the rest of the loop. Since they did the eight-mile loops three times, we got to do some repetitions.
Things are just getting started, as we have women’s beach volleyball coming up tomorrow, followed by men’s the next day and then two days of track and field plus the men’s gold medal soccer match. This is where stuff gets really exciting!