OLYMPIC AMBIANCE II… We still have a bit of olympism (the spirit of the Olympics). Here are some additional photos from our fun day out.
Four more years until Rio 2016, will we be there? Probably not, but it is a great goal. Rio, let’s see what happens.
OLYMPIC ART… Peppered throughout the Olympic Park are fantastic works of art.
Some of the favourites:
These colourful artworks along the Waterworks River reflect the spirit of the London 2012 Games, while accentuating the main river that flows through the Olympic Park.
After the Games they will used as boat moorings and have been made from the same durable materials used for navigational buoys.
They look like giant Crayola crayons.
Or just R (full version) Internationally -renowned artist Monica Bonvicini was commissioned to design a flagship artwork for outside the Copper Box. Monica designed three nine-metre tall letters forming the word ‘RUN’, made of glass and stainless steel. In daylight, the letters act as a mirror, and at night they become more transparent and glow with internal LED lighting.
Our favourite ‘bit.fall’ artwork by German artist Julius Popp is the second of the large-scale temporary water features on the Olympic Park. It consists of five mini waterfalls, each creating a continuous cascade of words, formed of hundreds of water droplets taken from the river below. The words are chosen at random from live news feeds by specialist software developed by the artist.
These are such great additions to the park! Nice work Olympic committee.
FUN… Have a great start to the week. We are!
OLYMPICS RECAP… When Ben’s mom knew London would host the 2012 Games she sprang into action. She followed the dates of when the ticket lottery would open and how we could try to secure tickets. THANKS SUE!
I remember Ben and I filling in the choices we would like to see- I am sure we picked some of the top sports- swimming, tennis, football, gymnastics followed by a second tier choice, rowing, archery, shooting and somewhere in the mix we must have added handball -which was our Olympic sport!
We had an amazing day out at the Olympics- Ben and I even got a little teary entering the Park realising this could a once in a lifetime experience (hopefully not, but just in case- tears were appropriate).
After preparing ourselves for the worst, thanks British news, we had no problems. Right on the train, no waiting at security and quick entry into the Copperbox (our Olympic venue).
We saw two matches- Russia Federation vs. Montenegro- this was great a tie at 25-25. The teams were equally matched and fast moving. Match number two was Team GB vs. Croatia. The spirit in the arena was high, the Union Jacks waving like crazy, chanting loudly, but it was not enough to help Team GB to a victory. The team gave it their all.
LEGOS LIVE… The Guardian (newspaper in the UK) has been recreating some of the best Olympic moments in their Brick-by-Brick series featuring a fan favourite-LEGOS!
You can find a lego Michael Phelps winning his 16th gold medal or a mini Usain Bolt completing his 100m run amongst others here.
ACCESS… The tickets! So much fun. I will post more pictures this week. All I can say- amazing experience!
We are hopping on the train this morning to head to Peterborough to spend some time with Dave and Sue (Ben’s dad and mom) and we head to the Olympics on Sunday.
We are taking our bikes, our panniers are loaded with the essentials but also my Stella and Dot samples for my second trunk show at Sue’s. I had my first show and it was a Whisper Launch (quieter than a soft launch).
I will be posting Instagram pictures from the Olympics and you can follow us on twitter @turnovanewleith- #catchingolympism.
And yes, it appears olympism is an actual word. Olympism is the spirit or ideals of the Olympic Games.
OLYMPIC INSPIRATION… Comes in many forms (here, here and here). The games have started. We will be following on the BBC. We caught the Opening Ceremony on BBC iplayer- Ben had his tissues ready and he is full of national pride!
Umbrella from Heals.
Chair from Freckles and Ivory
Bike the Surly Pacer in British Racing Green. My bike! They have a new colour, Sparkleboogie Blue!