One of the coolest things about the Olympics is the number of different sports that are represented and their athletes that are honoured, not to mention the countries that show face. If you also watched the entire, mind-blowing Olympics opening ceremony, you would’ve also been up until 2am after they worked their way through the alphabet.
The 2012 London Games are featuring archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom and canoe sprint, BMX cycling, mountain biking, road cycling, track cycling, diving, equestrian sports, fencing, football, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, handball (there is no sport too insignificant), hockey, judo, a modern pentathlon (that’s five), rowing, sailing, shooting, lane swimming and the elegant synchronised type, table tennis, Taekwondo, tennis tennis, trampoline (that sounds like the most fun), triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting and wrestling. Sho! It’s like running a race just to read through all of them.
Being islanders ourselves, we are of course drawn to Beach Volleyball but when you think of London, you don’t think of sandy golden beaches, with enough space for spectators too. This deterred Olympic organisers not. They brought in over 3,000 tonnes of golden goodness to an iconic location in central London, known as Horse Gaurds Parade and have created the perfect beach environment. It’s also a particularly attractive arena, thanks to having those beautiful old buildings as a backdrop.