The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting fiesta in the world, and provides some of the most spectacular action you are ever likely to see, ranging from dramatic recoveries from seemingly impossible positions to majestic dominance from the moment an event begins to the second it is won. Every four years, we settle down to watch the excitement unfold, and here are three of the sports to watch out for at London 2012.
The cycling is one of the most breath-taking events of all in any Olympic Games, and this year promises to be a classic. The Great Britain side swept all before them in 2008, and with home advantage they may be even more dominant than last time around. Of the 18 gold medals awarded in Beijing, eight of them went to UK riders. The London Velopark is located in the Olympic Park itself, and will provide spectators with a wonderful day’s entertainment. If you can’t attend, however, watching the action on a 46 inch LCD TV will prove to be just as much fun.
The fastest on the planet
While there are several events in the athletics programme that will undoubtedly catch the eye, the blue riband is surely the men’s 100 metres final. Last time out, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt shook the world with a staggering run that left his rivals far behind. His winning time of 9.69 seconds was all the more remarkable because he appeared to slow down after 70 metres. His victory propelled him into super-stardom, and the defence of his title in London is one of the most eagerly-awaited events of the 2012 Olympics.
GB United – but only as a one-off
The Olympic football tournament isn’t as high profile as many would like, partly because a significant number of nations prefer to use less experienced players, and partly because the use of players over a certain age is limited by the competition’s rules. The 2012 Games offers one intriguing prospect, however, because Great Britain, the host nation, will be entering a team. In world football England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately, and the individual governing bodies are not usually keen on any amalgamation. When the GB team plays, it might be worth recording it on Freeview recorders, because it’s unlikely to ever happen again.
Needless to say, there are many more sports which will make the headlines during the 2012 Olympics. They include swimming, rowing, boxing and sailing, so the true sports fan will want to see as much action as humanly possible.
David Rice is based in the UK and is a keen fan of sport. He has already invested in a 46 inch LCD TV in readiness for the Olympics, because he plans to see as much of the action as possible. He also plans to look at the choice of Freeview recorders on the market, so he will never miss any of the events.
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