Tag Archives: London 2012

#London2012

London is wonderful at the moment. First, there was a week of glorious hot hot summer weather. Then, the Olympics started. Like Vancouver 2010 (and I’m sure every Olympics in the past 20 years) all the hype about insane crowds and massive transportation issue was massively over blown.  

The. City. Is. Empty.

A good empty though. It’s like all the naysayers and boo-hooites left town for Marbella and only the fun people are left, with a few crazy Olympic tourists added to the mix. 

On Friday my sister arrived from Vancouver and we watched the Opening Ceremonies at our flat and saw the jets fly by just outside our window! 

On Saturday I took my sister to Victoria Park to take up the Olympic spirit and get in some exercise with Nike Training Club Live.  The canal was lovely and there were loads of pop-up shops on the houseboats! We rented some Boris bikes and rode to M&S for healthy take-away salads (her first M&S experience. Obviously amazing).

Sunday saw an early start to the Kiwi House in Kings Cross where we watched some football, river kayaking and cycling. The flat white coffees were fabulous and our amazing chicken/lamb bbq lunch was washed down with (plenty) of Moa ciders.

From there Alex and I went to the Official Residence of the High Commissioner of Canada in London (aka Gordon Campbell aka Gordo) for a reception held for young Canadian alumni in London. We were lucky to be invited as the Olympic Canada House is for friends & family of the athletes only – so it was our one chance to get some serious Canadiana in during these 2 weeks.

We were welcomed with a great COC London 2012 pin, and Ms. Campbell gave us each a warm welcome to their home. We mingled with previous Canadian Olympians and even met Adam Kreek who keeps his gold medal on his belt. It’s a custom designed belt buckle to be exact. Gordon kicked off the party official speech about how great his new house is and the importance of wearing our Vancouver 2010 mittens in London.  Adam Kreek and Becky Scott both spoke about our ability to take inspiration from Olympic athletes in our daily lives.  

We then got to hang out with an Olympic torch (and it’s bearer) and meet some other Canadians living in London. There were a few of the I am a Very Important Expat people there, but the majority were delightful and interesting.

On Sunday we went to one of the BT London Live sites at Victoria park to watch TeamGB on the big screens.  We stuck out the rain at the beginning to enjoy a glorious sunny afternoon watching Murray actually win on a Wimbledon court!  

London 2012, I’m impressed!

velodrome

It’s hype season here in London. The 2012 summer games are coming this July and I am excited to see how they compare to the 2010 games in Vancouver (will there even be an Irish House?!?!) 

Being an Olympic games veteran, I had my eye out for tickets to the Prepares series of World Cup events held at the new Olympic Park.  Demand was high and almost all tickets sold out within minutes – but Alex and I got our hands on tickets to the first night of competitions at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the velodrome.  

I got a little sentimental going through the massive security tents like Vancouver 2010 to get into the Olympic Park at Stratford.  The lines moved very fast and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the logistics and organisation.

The velodrome from the outside looks like a big saddle and is made with reclaimed wood (not pine beetle though). 

Alex was a bit over dressed. Did you know it has to be exactly 28* celcius on the track of any velodrome? The science of it all is pretty fascinating.

The athletes keep their heartrates high while other heats were going on.

 

We got there just in time for the Canadian women’s first heat. Where they set a Canadian record and were ranked first into the finals (where they lost to an amazing Team GB)

Apparently one of the world champion Team GB women only started cycling to keep her husband company. No word of where he was while she was racing IN THE WORLD CUP.

The men ride an extra few km and start with 4 riders and drop one about half way through the race. 

Now, the best part was being in the crowd when Team GB came out. Not only are they massive favourites to win the gold in London 2012. They’re the home team, and anyone who has been to an Olympics in their home city knows the crazyneess of the crowd when their team competes. 

This was a weird Big Ben introduction though…

They make it look easy

Hey! Stay in the bike lane (That’s for Gregor and Boris)

Team GB smashed the rest of the teams in qualifying but eventually lost to the Aussies in the finals they next day.

We also ran into fellow cycling enthusiasts Mia & Denzil! Great surprise to end a great night. Can’t wait for London 2012!

life.laura.pictures


Winter flowers


Taking ideas from Pinterest and growing tabletop green onions


The first round of our office bake off has a London 2012 theme


(that’s my Olympic Torch cake!) 

 


Took advantage of the last of the cold weather to skate on the outdoor rink at Broadgate Circus


A couple of Pieminister’s moo pies for Valentines Day dinner


We finally bought a blender! Mmmmm smoothies


We got invited to a night at the British Museum hosted by UBS & Greyson Perry


Greyson Perry

These will probably be my official uniform come Olympic time in London. Stella McCartney for the London Olympics