The Rise of the British

One year from today we will be welcoming in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Last year I wrote about the 2 year mark until the games, so I figured I should keep with that same theme and acknowledge the fact that we are now only 365 days away.

The aquatics stadium has been build, tickets have been sold, and more than 3 million hours have been put into constructing the Olympic Village and Park – all without a single reportable injury.

The biggest question that remains is who will light the torch during the opening ceremonies. My vote is for David Beckham. Honestly, I believe that the more air time this man gets, the more successful these Olympics will be. And did someone say the Spice Girls would be performing at the Open Ceremonies? Oh no, that was just me?

Between the Olympics and the Royal Wedding, 2011 and 2012, I feel like we are experiencing another British Invasion. And I have to admit, I kinda like it.

Swifter, Higher, Stronger.

Hello. My name is Molly and I am addicted to the Olympics.

It doesn’t matter the season, the sport or what year. I love the thrill of the competition, the pride and spirit you feel for your country, and the Olympic creed:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
– Baron Pierre de Coubertin founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894

Every two years,  athletes more than 200 countries come together in celebration of a sport, their nation and our world. Spectators glue themselves to their tvs to see how many gold medals their country can win, or more simply, just to see if their country can win one medal.

Today marks the 2 year count down to the 2012 Olympics in London. It will be the first time that a country hosts the olympics three separate times since the modern games were started. The presence of the Olympics is already felt in London, with the construction of stadiums and various sports venues well underway. 

They celebrated this two-year milestone, with top athletes Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Johnson and John Amaechi, showcasing the latest progress on the Olympic Park. They will be joined by local school students to ride the first lap of the Velodrome; sprint on a temporary track in the Olympic Stadium; and shoot the first hoop in the Basketball Arena respectively.

So while the celebrations begin and the construction continues, the athletes continue to train for the biggest stage of their lives, the Olympics!