Well it was a good month wasn’t it? For a country well known for our pessimism and sarcastic and often ironic humor, I think as a nation we embraced London 2012 with open arms, followed by solid tongue kissing and then spooning. We bloody loved the Olympics and Paralympics. London 2012, as intended, has inspired a generation.
It was a phenomenal month overall, not only for Team GB. The passion of the Olympics was felt not only around the world, but even reached the surface of Mars. So global was the Olympic spirit, mankind successfully landed on Mars to expand our horizons, Lil Wayne announced he was quitting music for skateboarding and Jersey Shore got cancelled. The world is now a better place.
We are so used to having these toss-ball Premier League footballers complaining about how their job is so stressful as our most prominent sports people. I know how difficult it must be earning £250,000 to play football for several hours every week, actually I don’t. It’s not.
To the nation’s absolute joy, Team GB stood up and made themselves heard. These athletes made a nation proud by leaving everything out on the field. When they didn’t win, they sure as hell gave it their all and even had the gall to apologize to the nation using perfectly formed and grammatically accurate sentences. We didn’t want their apologies; we wanted to celebrate their efforts. I hope the footballers in this country were paying attention. But in all likelihood, they were out shooting exchange students with air rifles, starting bar fights and flouting the laws of the road.
Watching the heroes of Team GB gave me so much joy. Seriously, I got mega teary-eyed watching Chris Hoy, Jess Ennis and Mo Farrah achieve the unthinkable. Andy Murray even won (at) Wimbledon! There are too many heroes to name, but before London 2012, how many Paralympians could you name off the top of your head? Honestly now. David Weir perhaps?
One thing London 2012 has given us above all else is a new found respect for the Paralympic movement. London 2012 boosted it to a new level, one that we should have put it on before. I guess it took a home games to really make us realize. We have countless Paralympians who are now household names. Ashamedly, I don’t think many of us really took enough notice of these flipping incredible athletes before.
I would safely say that as a fully able-bodied person; every Paralympian would beat the crap out of me at their chosen sport. Not only me though. I reckon our Paralympians would likely wipe the floor with a large number of able-bodied athletes. Of course they’d wipe the floor with me, I am way to round to provide any sort of challenge. Tell me to have a go at archery using my feet, if I could even get a shot off, the chances are I’d maim someone standing behind me.
There was a lot of worried talk before the Paralympics about what we couldn’t say. For example, you shouldn’t say that they are brave. These are athletes who have overcame great barriers and want to get on with their lives and be treated as equals. That is fair enough and totally understandable. But they also said we should be careful about labeling them as inspiring. Well I am comfortable saying that all of Team GB, Olympians and Paralympians, have inspired the heckings out of me.
We were blessed to have witnessed possibly the greatest Olympics and Paralympics ever on home soil and now the wall-to-wall coverage of the games is over, I am suffering from an Olympic hangover. Team GB, our greatest team, did us proud.
What was your stand out memory of London 2012?