Every athlete came to London with one thing on their mind, going home with a gold medal around their neck. And with athletes like Phelps and Lochte bringing home the ‘hardware’, it’s time I set my sights on spectator’s gold.
So for the next 10 days – Wow, the Olympics are going by fast!! – here’s my list for a successful London 2012.
Event: Olympic Venues
Gold medal: Get into the Aquatics Centre or Olympic Stadium
Silver medal: Get into the Velodrome (the Olympic Park’s crown jewel)
Bronze medal: Get into the grounds
I’ve been just outside the Olympic Park three times and it’s like taking fourth place in an event. Just outside the grounds you’re soooo close to the excitement but the actual army is stopping you. I heard the grounds are absolutely amazing and that the simple act of walking through them is a remarkable experience.
If I head towards Stratford again without the possibility of stepping foot on the ground, it will be a bit depressing. That said, the eternal optimist in me says there is a way!
Event: Team USA
Gold medal: Meet and get a picture with someone from Team USA
Silver medal: Watch Team USA compete
Bronze medal: Watch Team GB compete
With only 529 athletes, finding someone from Team USA in a city of 15 million is one hell of a challenge. Those competing will be in secure facilities and those that finished will probably be blending into obscurity – either for fear of getting mobbed (aka Phelps) or because their event didn’t go as well as they had hoped.
But with tickets to the women’s football finals, there’s a chance I’ll see either Team USA or our distant cousins, Team GB, compete. Fingers crossed it’s Team USA and the beautiful Alex Morgan.
What do you think? Is there anything else I should add to the list?
p.s. If you know anyone that can help me achieve one or two of these goals. Shoot me a note!
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