elisi: (Olympics)
We just won a gold medal a little while ago! :) Lizzy Yarnold wins Sochi 2014 gold for Great Britain. (Skeleton bob.)

Seeing her wrapped up in a flag made me all nostalgic for 2012 again...

~

Incidentally, then my introduction to Torville and Dean was the '94 Winter Olymics. The Rhumba specifically:




I'd never heard of them before (didn't grow up in Britain), but the commentators obviously talked about their past. All I knew was that they were CLEARLY THE BEST and that they were ROBBED and should have won gold again.

~

And I found these fascinating:

Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics.

Sochi

7 February 2014 04:32 pm
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Watching the opening ceremony...

ETA: I'm presuming there'll be more ceremony once the athletes have finished marching in. So far there's been 5 minutes? *tries very hard not to mention the technical problems*

Everything is very ~Russian. Stopped watching due to tea. But I'm glad Johnny Weir is there - I hope he's the sparkliest happiest thing in the village! :)

Am also v. pleased with Google (yay LGBT rights!) but by far the most entertaining thing so far has been Sochi Problems:

https://twitter.com/SochiProblems

ETA2: Via [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy



ETA3: OMG. Classic Winter Olympics moments - recreated with LEGO! Thank you BBC! (*goes to watch Torvill and Dean's Bolero once more*)

\o/

9 September 2012 12:18 pm
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Went to the Paralympics yesterday.

Had a fabulous time.

More later.

(Haven't seen DW yet.)

ETA: Just watched David Weir win the Marathon (and his fourth gold medal) with cheering crowds all the way down The Mall. What the TV presenter said really struck me:

"If you're watching this, and you've just started Secondary school and you're in a wheelchair - get down to your nearest athletics centre. They will find you a chair, and maybe one day this could be you."

It is just... astonishing the way these games have changed attitudes and perceptions. The Paralympians are sporting heroes, plain and simple.

(I bought a small commemorative athletics figurine of a wheelchair racer yesterday - they had 30 different ones, both Olympic and Paralympic - but this one was the obvious choice. We saw 2 of the heats for the relay (4x400) and they're just damn impressive!)

\o/

9 September 2012 12:18 pm
elisi: (Olympics)
Went to the Paralympics yesterday.

Had a fabulous time.

More later.

(Haven't seen DW yet.)

ETA: Just watched David Weir win the Marathon (and his fourth gold medal) with cheering crowds all the way down The Mall. What the TV presenter said really struck me:

"If you're watching this, and you've just started Secondary school and you're in a wheelchair - get down to your nearest athletics centre. They will find you a chair, and maybe one day this could be you."

It is just... astonishing the way these games have changed attitudes and perceptions. The Paralympians are sporting heroes, plain and simple.

(I bought a small commemorative athletics figurine of a wheelchair racer yesterday - they had 30 different ones, both Olympic and Paralympic - but this one was the obvious choice. We saw 2 of the heats for the relay (4x400) and they're just damn impressive!)
elisi: (Olympics)
The Tempest. Stephen Hawking. Umbrellas. The pursuit of knowledge and the celebration of science and learning and books and huamn beings in all their different shapes and the Higgs Boson and beautiful music and apples and the cauldron and... everything.

::profound love::
elisi: (Olympics)
The Tempest. Stephen Hawking. Umbrellas. The pursuit of knowledge and the celebration of science and learning and books and huamn beings in all their different shapes and the Higgs Boson and beautiful music and apples and the cauldron and... everything.

::profound love::
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Opening Ceremony at 8pm on Channel 4!
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Opening Ceremony at 8pm on Channel 4!
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Am Quite Excited, especially since we actually have tickets - we're going to see the athletics next Saturday! :D

(Also loved Pond Life 2, and will do my best to get to comments as soon as I can - this week is ZOMG BUSY, however, so please bear with me. ♥)
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Am Quite Excited, especially since we actually have tickets - we're going to see the athletics next Saturday! :D

(Also loved Pond Life 2, and will do my best to get to comments as soon as I can - this week is ZOMG BUSY, however, so please bear with me. ♥)
elisi: (Olympics)
effinawesome

Although really, the best word is magical.



(We were at my in-law's last night, and put up a big screen, and ended up staying the night due to lateness. Hence the lateness of this post.)

ETA: I think The New York Times might have said it best: "With its hilariously quirky Olympic opening ceremony, a wild jumble of the celebratory and the fanciful; the conventional and the eccentric; and the frankly off-the-wall, Britain presented itself to the world Friday night as something it has often struggled to express even to itself: a nation secure in its own post-empire identity, whatever that actually is."

(And Kenneth Branagh as Isambard Kingdom Brunel was just... *hands* And Jerusalem! So much there. A million brilliant little touches. Really, in a nutshell, this show was like Doctor Who: Madman with a box Stadium.)
elisi: (Olympics)
effinawesome

Although really, the best word is magical.



(We were at my in-law's last night, and put up a big screen, and ended up staying the night due to lateness. Hence the lateness of this post.)

ETA: I think The New York Times might have said it best: "With its hilariously quirky Olympic opening ceremony, a wild jumble of the celebratory and the fanciful; the conventional and the eccentric; and the frankly off-the-wall, Britain presented itself to the world Friday night as something it has often struggled to express even to itself: a nation secure in its own post-empire identity, whatever that actually is."

(And Kenneth Branagh as Isambard Kingdom Brunel was just... *hands* And Jerusalem! So much there. A million brilliant little touches. Really, in a nutshell, this show was like Doctor Who: Madman with a box Stadium.)
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(Also mentally add the drunk giraffe Dancing Eleven - can't find the gif and am not on my own computer! *runs off to the telly again*)
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(Also mentally add the drunk giraffe Dancing Eleven - can't find the gif and am not on my own computer! *runs off to the telly again*)

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