Since the closing ceremony for London 2012 I’ve been sitting on the floor hugging my knees, whimpering, “Olympics, come back…” But that hasn’t happened, so I must move on. Soon. But not before posting a few more photos from my day at the Olympic Park.
Here I am with my son Nate outside the stadium.
Here’s The Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor. Tickets were sold out and there was a line for the trip to the top, even though this is not actually a roller coaster.
And here’s what many sports fans considered the best thing at the Olympic Park:
But because I don’t drink beer, I had my own favorite: the little remote controlled MINI Coopers that retrieved javelins, hammers, and shot puts on the field. Mini-MINIs decked out with Union Jacks. How very London.
Now back to my previously scheduled nostalgia. Olympics, come back…
Today my son and I walked up the street to watch the Olympic Road Cycling Time Trials. The first race was the women’s, and I had to run to the course in time to see American Kristin Armstrong flash by, flanked by police outriders and team cars and the motorcycle cameraman, and shadowed overhead by the TV helicopters. She was the gold medalist in Beijing but two months ago broke her collarbone in a crash. Today she defended her title and won gold again.
We made sure to we were on the course in time to see all the riders in the men’s race. Here are some photos of the crowd.
In the time trial, the riders depart the starting line every 90 seconds. Then it’s 40 kilometers of hard, hard riding. And when the top seeded riders got near, the crowd got wind that British riders might be doing well. From miles down the road — miles — a roar began to rise. Then, streaking up the road, came Bradley Wiggins, this year’s winner of the Tour de France and a superb time trialer. Everybody on the road went nuts — the Brits, the Yanks, the Aussies, the Danes and Norwegians and Brazilians and Colombians and everybody else who was there. I got this photo. Sorry it’s blurry — he was going that fast.
He won. He destroyed the field. And he became the most decorated British Olympian in history. The three hundred thousand people along the course haven’t recovered yet.