I was lucky enough this year to be in Europe during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I managed to have a one week holiday in London in my recent move between Munich, Germany and New Haven, Connecticut. Within the last few weeks leading up to the Summer Games, I was able to get a few tickets for the Olympic Park itself, as well as two events: Women’s Field Hockey and Women’s Handball. The games themselves were fantastic, and the park was very impressive.
The entire city was ready for the games, most noticeably Tower Bridge with the Olympic Rings!
There were little Olympic guys all over the city. Each one was painted to fit within the context of it’s location. This one was the cutest and well done.
I was able to walk on the running/riding track near the end of the course, next to Buckingham Palace.
There was a lot of graffiti around London concerning the Olympic Games. Some positive and many negative. This was by far the best one I had seen.
I liked the little reveal of colour the stadium was giving.
Underneath The Orbit.
The basketball arena was much more impressive than I thought it would be. As a friend of mine put it, “it looks like Wolverine got trapped in a box!”
One of the many art instillations around the park.
The swimming/diving stadium by Zaha Hadid was much more impressive by night. The extensions during the day just appear too dated.
This art instillation was another example of the Olympic Park playing with lighting effects at night.
The entrance/exit corridor was very well planned for high amounts of traffic. It was like being in a freeway system which distributed the people well into the direction they wished to go.
I really loved how each balcony was decorated with the flag of the occupant’s nationality! Even better was that the Germans were given prime flat locations!
The wild growth of the park was very impressive and took the attention of many visitors.
The large public viewing area was very popular and useful to catch up on the other games during the day. I do wish that there were several other screens so we could watch all the events at one time.
Field Hockey Stadium.
Great Britain vs Japan
Team GB wins the game 4-0 and goes on to eventually win the Olympic Bronze Medal.
London2012 // Team GB vs Japan Women’s Field Hockey from James Petty on Vimeo.
Team USA preparing for a penalty shot vs Germany. Germany would go on to win the game 2-1.
Norway vs Korea.
Norway would come from behind and win the match and eventually the Olympic Gold Medal.
Angola vs Montenegro
Montenegro would win the match and eventually win the Olympic Bronze Medal.