Monday, August 13, 2012

The London Olympics

The London Olympics is officially over. For the third time in its history, the capital of Great Britain hosted the Olympics and to me, these are the moments that stood out.

Star of the Olympics- Usain Bolt
He said he came to London to become a legend and he did that. Although some people might say that Michael Phelps is the star of the Olympics, to me it has to be Bolt. Not only did the Jamaican sprinter defended his 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter gold medals, he was photographed in his room at 3am with 3 female Swedish handball players. Yes, you read that right; Swedish, female, handball players, 3am, in his room, and there were 3 of them. Anyone who could do that must be the Star! 

Best Team of the Olympics- The Mexican Football Team
When the football tournament started, the Brazilian team was the hot favorites. Behind them were the Spanish and the Uruguayans. Mexico barely got a mention. However through a series of gutsy, cynical, never-say-die displays, the Mexicans scored an upset and got the gold medal. It may not be the biggest surprise of the games but you have to give the Mexicans credit for playing above themselves.

Class Athlete of the Olympics- Roger Federer
The favorite for the gold, Roger Federer unfortunately ran into an inspired Juan Martín del Potro in the semi-finals. The world no. 1 and world no. 8 played the longest Olympic tennis match by duration in history, lasting four hours and 26 minutes in total. When the final came, an exhausted Federer lost to British Andy Murray in straight sets. However, Federer refused to use exhaustion as an excuse and say Murray deserved the victory. Now that’s class.

Biggest Boo-boo of the Olympics- Egypt Wrestling Officials & Coaches
Two wrestlers from Egypt had to forfeit their matches on the last day of the Olympics when they didn't show up on time for their matches. For the whole of the Olympics, the wrestling starts at 1pm but due to the closing ceremony, on the last day the starting time was bought forward to 8.30am. Every country seems to be aware of the earlier start time expect the Egyptian team. Somehow, Egyptian officials and coaches missed the earlier start time and wrestlers Abdou Omar Abdou Ahmed and Saleh Emera both missed their chance of completing at the Olympics.

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