With the summer in full swing, the long days and hot weather means one thing for sport fanatics –the 2016 Rio Olympics. Four years since the games took over the UK capital, a buzz of global excitement is setting in as the world prepares for the biggest sporting event in history. With tickets selling out fast, athletes training intensely and organisers finalising plans, the 28 th edition of the Olympic Games is set to begin on the 5th August.
Whilst the anticipation for the upcoming tournament is undeniable, the new edition of games has the majority of us reminiscing the success of the 2012 London games. Here at ABC Selfstore, we thought we’d get you warmed up for this summer’s games by highlighting some of the finest Olympic moments that made history in the capital.
The games kicked off to an explosive start as Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, pulled out all the stunts (literally) for the opening ceremony with the Queen – definitely not a stunt double – making one of the incredible entrances of all time – casually parachuting from a helicopter, James Bond in toe. The ceremony celebrated London’s history and culture, featuring an array of famous faces, which included (not to name drop of course), Sir Paul McCartney, The Arctic Monkeys, Mr Bean and David Beckham, in a show which has been named as one of the greatest on earth. With a large proportion of the celebration paying homage to some of the UK’s greatest assets, including the National Health Service, JK Rowling, Mary Poppins and the Yellow Submarine, the ceremony had every UK citizen bursting with pride.
After such a celebrated opening, it had to be questioned whether the games themselves could possibly compete. Of course, this was no match for our Olympians, with the men’s gymnastics team claiming bronze – Great Britain’s first medal in the event for 100 years, whilst in the ring, Nicola Adams, won the first ever British female boxing medal in Olympic history – a gold medal none the less.
In one of the biggest rivalries in history, Michael Phelps took on the up and coming athlete, Ryan Lochte in the pool. With Lochte triumphing in the first competition, Phelps kept his name amongst the Olympians, winning in the 200 metre individual medley, beating Lochte by a close 0.63 seconds, gaining the title of one of the most famous Olympic athletes with a total of 22 medals.
Not forgetting of course, Usain Bolt proving once again why he is a globally accredited sportsman. Whilst he may not have been carrying a the Union flag, Bolt had the support of the country as he defended not one, but two titles in the 100m and 200m track races.
With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, we hope they can take on the challenge of beating the London 2012 games, because the capital hosted an event which left us all proud to be British. We’re sure that our athletes will once again showcase to our competitors their exceptional athletic ability as we strive to bring home the gold medallions once more. Let the games begin!