I was not much interested in the pre-Olympic hype. It switched me off. Once the Games started, I switched on the T.V. in the evenings and settled down to be a happy spectator. I was at my most content when athletic feats of all kinds were being shown. There were many events that I did not see, but what there was shown, was beyond any superlatives in our language I can add to those that have already been used.
As a rule, I don't give much heed to pugilism. This week, I have watched a women's boxing semi -final, which I thought was very agile and faster moving than the men's boxing bouts. The most recent semi-final boxing match I saw between two men did not change my mind. Never having seen Taekwondo, I was overtaken by curiosity. The leg kicks and turns were fluid and I reckon a ballet dancer would have been delighted with those moves. Even more curious was the excited trainer's comments, when his protegee, Jade Jones, (GB) won her gold Olympic medal. "She fought like a man in the female department. "
As the temperatures were staying low prior to the Olympic beach games set up in London, the women volley ball teams were given permission to wear shorts and sweat shirts instead of their bikinis, if the weather did not warm up. Having returned from seeing the Beach Volley Ball, a relative was asked, (not by me) if the players had worn bikinis. "It would have been worrying if they had, " she replied, "We had tickets for two of the men's games."