The Anonymous Widower

Why Are Our Women Athletes Good At Heptathlon?

I’m just watching the start of the Olympic women’s heptathlon and we had three in the field.

I do mind it strange that we do so well in this event, especially when it is compared to our performances in other athletic events.

It would be easy to blame Dame Mary Peters for her inspiring performance in Munich in the pentathlon.  Did she inspire the previous generation, who are now the coaches and parents? But over the last few years, the good performers have just kept coming.

August 3, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , | 5 Comments

The Public Olympics

Because it’s in the UK, we are seeing much more about the home life of British athletes. And often their mothers.

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The Games Of The British Underdogs

This is becoming very much a games where some of the British medals have been won by athletes who were not fancied and have had tremendous difficulty getting to the Games at all.

Outstanding is probably Gemma Gibbons in the judo, who won an unexpected silver after the death of her mother to leukaemia a few years ago, then had a difficult draw.

I know they haven’t won a medal, but at least they’ve won a match for the first time. But the trials and tribulations of the Volleyball team have been enormous, as detailed in The Sun, in the paper’s inimitable manner.

Remember what Mark Twain said, “It’s not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight in the dog”

August 3, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , , | 1 Comment

Death Of A Cyclist

It is always very sad when someone dies, but the death of a cyclist outside the Olympic Stadium is creating a few waves as well.

He was knocked off his bike and killed by a media bus, at a place that cyclists have said was dangerous for years. It was the typical cyclist under a turning vehicle accident, if any accident is typical.

I know it doesn’t help his family, but Bradley Wiggins has made strong statements about safety and said that all cyclists should wear helmets at all times.

One subsidiary point, was that quite a few of the soldiers guarding the Olympics were about but sadly couldn’t save the victim. Surely, this in itself is an argument for using soldiers at big events, as I suspect their emergency medical skills are a lot better than your average security guard.

August 3, 2012 Posted by | News, Transport | , , , | 2 Comments

Painted Nails

Many of the female athletes and even the Canadian men, are getting flags painted on their nails.

I hope the British get their Union Flags put on the right way up!

As to the Canadian men, perhaps Monty Python was right!

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Walthamstow To Excel By Public Transport

I’m putting in this journey as it illustrates how good the public transport is for the Games.

Most would take the Victoria line and then fiddle round to Bank for the DLR. Or perhaps go into Liverpool Street and then either walk or take one stop to Bank.

But I wouldn’t!

I’d take the 69 bus or big red taxi as they are known this summer to Canning Town station and then take the DLR two stops from there.

August 3, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment