Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Citius, Altius, Fortius

The news around the world has been full of the London 2012 Olympics, and of course here in Britain it has been even more inescapable. Not just because it's in Britain, hence all over the domestic TV and press, but because our athletes have been having such a spectacularly successful time. Since coming back to the UK on Saturday we;ve enjoyed watching Andy Murray winning tennis gold in the men's singles, and silver with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles. We've been thrilled by the performances from the velodrome, culminating in the gold medals today for Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott (and silver for Victoria Pendleton), as well as the gold and bronze in the triathlon.

But it's the little things we've enjoyed. Discovering that Alistair Brownlee's time over the 10,000 metre run in his triathlon win was better than the last-placed finalist in the track 10,000m. Or that the time in which Justin Gatlin took bronze in the men's 100m was quicker than that which got Ben Johnson gold in Seoul - and Johnson was on drugs. My personal favourite little thing was seeing Roger Federer from behind in his tracksuit after losing to Andy Murray, and realising that the Swiss tracksuits feature, as well as the flag, an apple with an arrow through it (referencing William Tell). very cool, as well as instantly sparking a discussion of famous Swiss folk along the lines of the "famous Belgians" lists. Sadly I've failed to find a picture showing it.

And it's hard no to be impressed by folk who can do this kind of thing.


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