When my husband comes home from overseas he usually has to stop in London. Last time he deployed, London was abuzz with Royal Wedding Fever. This time, he said the energy for the Summer Olympics was already palpable!
He even brought home some Olympic merchandise for Squishy. He LOVES his new mascot doll Wenlock!
I am a huge fan of the Olympics. Particularly the summer Olympics. There was even a point in time when I thought I may on day go to the Olympics. While I continued to dive through college, I never had the skill and discipline required to train harder than I did.
I think being a former athlete the reason I love the Olympics so much is I love watching the emotions on the athlete’s faces. The joy, pain, and glory that being among the most elite athletes brings. I love hearing the stories of triumph, discipline, dedication, and even the heart break.
It is also one of the few places you can see Diving on TV. Growing up as a diver in a sport that people tend to only watch during the Olympics, it was always so exciting to see it!
How amazing is the London Aquatics Center?
I personally would just about die to be able to watch a competition in this amazing facility. The design alone is just breathtaking! Here are the details as shared on the official London 2012 Olympic website.
About the Aquatics Centre
Construction on the Aquatics Centre began in 2008 and was completed in July 2011. It is part of the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park, with more than two-thirds of spectators expected to enter the Olympic Park over a vast bridge that runs over the top of part of the venue.
The venue was designed by acclaimed international architect Zaha Hadid. It features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160m long and up to 80m wide, giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.
During the Games
The majority of spectators will be seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games.
It will have a 50m competition pool, a 25m competition diving pool, a 50m warm-up pool and a ‘dry’ warm-up area for divers. The Water Polo competition will be held next to it in the temporary Water Polo Arena, with competition and warm-up pools.
You can just about imagine looking at that picture how exciting every single event housed in the aquatic center will be.
And of course you can’t talk about the amazing London Olympics Aquatic Center without thinking about Michael Phelps!
I would love to see him dominate again this year! It was so amazing to watch him smash records every time he got into the pool. I personally love the relay races the most. The rivalry between the Australians and Americans makes for a great race every time!
I thought this fact sheet was pretty interesting as well!
Do you love the Olympics?
What sport do you enjoy watching the most?
Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post. I am just super excited for the 2012 Olympics!
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