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Bird Blog: London 2012 Olympics - inspiring a nation - 3rd August 2012
Seven days in to the biggest sporting event on the planet, with five gold, six silver and four bronze medals, Team GB are doing us proud!
Since that spectacular opening ceremony (who didn’t love watching the Queen make her acting debut alongside James Bond?) the London 2012 Olympics has had the nation hooked.
The media coverage has been second to none; we can follow the events through TV, radio, online and social media, as they happen. It’s definitely hard not to get swept up in the hype - even the usually non-sporting enthusiasts amongst us can’t seem to get enough!
The Games have never been experienced like this before - in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the likes of Twitter didn’t possess a fraction of the power it does today. Almost 10 million tweets were sent out during Friday’s opening ceremony, so it’s easy to see why creator Danny Boyle has paid homage to the digital age.
We’ve all enjoyed using social media to interact with the stars of the event, but it’s great to see it isn’t just the general public who are sending messages of support to the athletes. President Obama sent a tweet to swimmer Michael Phelps, to congratulate him for breaking an all time Olympic world record. We bet Phelps was chuffed with that!
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins is our greatest Olympian now - and he’s already been honoured in his hometown of Chorley with his own golden post box! Another face we’re sure to be seeing a lot more of is athlete Jessica Ennis, who’s just set a heptathlon 100m world best this morning. Well done Jess! We’re predicting she is going be a household name very quickly, so we hope the 26 year old from Sheffield can cope with all the media attention she’ll be getting.
Even away from the games themselves, there’s been plenty of entertainment. It was hard not to laugh at poor Boris Johnson after his zipwire mishap, where he was left dangling in mid-air for five minutes! We couldn’t help but smile at seeing the photos of Kate and Wills hugging and grinning as they celebrated Team GB’s cyclists in their Gold medal victory. Olympic mania has hit us all - it’s great to see our future King and Queen acting like any other young couple and genuinely just as excited as the rest of us.
We think Team GB are doing a fantastic job, keep up the good work! We’re looking forward to more Olympic action this weekend; we’ve put our social life on hold until the games are over!
Have a good one and we’ll catch you next time!