Olympics

29
Jun

Jenny Fromer

Judging from recent comments on Facebook and Twitter, people have just found out what Olympic tickets they've bought. For a few days every other status update said something like, "Basketball, Badminton and Beach Volleyball." Over the last few months I've heard endless conversations about the process, strategy and quirks of the system when applying for tickets. I know people who potentially spent thousands of pounds to not receive a single ticket. I've heard much strategising about applying for less popular events to increase success, or more expensive events, for the same reason. I have friends who applied for 101 events and friends who applied for 1. I've heard the tales of people following the complicated on-line process only to be frozen out after hours of effort, and the frustrations of those without a Visa card. The on-line freeze was what meant that there was no possibility of tickets winging their way to my house – although they wouldn't have been for me. It may be churlish, but I want no part of these Olympics.

I get that it's historic and a rare opportunity to be present for one of the world's biggest sporting events. I happen to live so close to the site of the Olympic park that any car journey from home gives me a full view of the development. And it's impressive seeing those massive structures evolve. Although, is it just me, or do other people think the various style of buildings are a bit random and unconnected?  I'm thrilled that there will be a 7-minute transport link from just down the road to King's Cross. But come next July, I want to be as far from the Olympic Park as I can get.

Back on July 6, 2005, I was as excited as anyone when Jaques Rogge revealed the 2012 city to be London. For BSUK it marked the culmination of months of work in support of the bid. Then followed two horrific days, the first was of course the London bombings, to which I found myself in close proximity. And the second, was waking up to 5 Live on the radio talking about baseball and softball being excluded from the Olympic programme. Then followed months of effort on the reinstatement campaign, only to have any hope of rejoining the London programme completely ended. Had our sports not been removed, they would have been played right in the middle of central London in Regents Park.

From that point on, just hearing the word, "Olympics," has been painful. And it would be hard to overstate how often you do hear it working in sport. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing were bitter sweet with baseball and softball competing possibly for the last time. Our GB Women's team had actually competed in the softball stadium the year before. And the 2009 additions of rugby and golf to the Olympic programme, two sports for which the Olympics would never be the pinnacle, rubbed salt in the wound.

Has anyone seen recent stories about the World Egg Throwing Federation seeking recognition? A quick google search reveals that their mission is to gain Olympic status. Somehow that seems the perfect footnote to this story.

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07
Jul

Tim 11:40

Jen, I think Mo the Cockerel has a lot of invaluable insights to give on egg throwing: http://mothecockerel.blogspot.com/2011/06/intergalactic-egg-throwing-championship.html





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