London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians parade through London


Publiée le 10 sept. 2012 par 

Thousands celebrate Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians as they parade through London. . Report by Lindsay Brown.

Sportstars including Sir Chris Hoy, Rower Kath Grainger, Jessica Ennis, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock proudly wore their medals as they waved to fans from open-top floats which wound their way through streets full of fans.

Despite the Paralympics coming to a close with a rousing ceremony on Sunday night, the celebrations continued with a carnival-like atmosphere in the city.

Ahead of the parade setting off, Sir Chris said: “This isn’t really for us this is for them because they’ve made the Games.

“They’ve made the atmosphere, they’ve supported the athletes, not just in the venues, but through the streets, and the pubs, the public venues, it’s been incredible.

“So it’s our chance to give them a wave and a thank you for all the support they’ve given us.”

Olympic gold medallist in double sculls rowing Grainger said: “We never really knew how many people would turn up, maybe we thought people would have gone back to work or been fatigued by the last month. But my word, we could never have expected this.”

Around 800 athletes travelled on 21 floats, grouped in alphabetical order by their sport, departed from Mansion House in the City just after 1.30pm following a fanfare of trumpets.

The crowds, dozens deep in places, were a sea of red, white and blue as fans waved Union flags at the passing floats. Many also held up home-made banners, with some donning patriotic fancy dress for the occasion.


Gymnast Gabby Douglas’ mom on Olympic sacrifices

I am so proud of this family. They all worked and sacrificed together to help Gabby live her dream. Mom, celebrate like you completed those routines with her. Your love and unwavering devotion is what made it all possible -3. I hope that more mothers are inspired by you and push their children to live their dreams too. Team Gabby!

Teddy Riner s’entraîne à Courchevel

Reportage aux côtés de Teddy Riner lors d’un stage en haute-montagne, un mois avant les championnats du monde 2010 au Japon.

Teddy Riner est ce que l’on pourrait appeler sans conteste un « grand judoka » : 2 mètres, plus de 100 kilos, l’athlète a le gabarit d’un basketteur et le physique d’un boxeTeddy Rinerur. Cinq fois champion du monde dans la catégorie poids lourds, le tout jeune sportif attise tous les espoirs pour les prochains Jeux de Londres. Il ne lui manque plus qu’un seul titre pour compléter son tableau de chasse : le titre olympique. Retour sur la carrière-éclair d’un jeune géant.

Best of Jessica Ennis

Ennis opened the 2012 season at the Northern Athletics Senior Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in mid-January. She won the shot put with a distance of 13.95 metres. Three weeks later, at the same venue, Ennis was a member of the ‘Sheffield Flames’ team that won the McCain Indoor City Challenge. She won the 60 metres hurdles in 8.05 seconds and was second in the long jump with 6.19 metres. At the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the English Institute of Sport in early February, Ennis won the high jump, clearing 1.91 metres, and finished sixth in the shot put, with a best throw of 14.09 metres. The following day Ennis won the 60 metres hurdles in an equal personal best time of 7.95 seconds.[65]
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Nadal trabaja para llegar a tiempo a los Juegos

ha recibido la bandera que portará en la ceremonia de inauguración de la cita olímpica el próximo 27 de julio.
Nadal recogió la bandera de manos del presidente del COE, Alejandro Blanco, y del ministro de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, José Ignacio Wert. El tenista había sido nombrado abanderado por unanimidad en la Junta de Federaciones Olímpicas y lo agradeció, calificando el hecho de portar la bandera como un “honor”.
El mallorquín ejercerá de abanderado al poseer un oro olímpico, cosechado en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín. “Creo que llevar la bandera va a ser uno de los momentos más emotivos que voy a tener en mi carrera y creo que es el reconocimiento a la trayectoria de muchos años, así que lo único que puedo decir es gracias y deseo todo lo mejor a todos nuestros deportistas en Londres”, declaró.

UK Gymnastics documentary

Harry Jerome

Harry Jerome (Photo credit: iceman9294)

I really enjoy her gymnastics 🙂 I hope many gymnasts learn from watching this docu that even if you are not in the spotlight doesn’t mean you are out of it. Hard work and sticking in there gives result in the end. I had a similar story myself back in ballet school where I always was 2nd or 3rd cast for things until one day I needed to jump in with two hours notice in a show. I made the most of that opportunity. Can’t wait for this summer now!!! Go Team GB! (and I’m a swede) 🙂 This is one of the best documentaries on sports I have ever seen. kristy922 il y a 7 mois 64 

Kate Middleton Play

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

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The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on an unannounced engagement, visiting with hockey players from “Team GB” (Great Britain’s Olympic team) at Olympic Park in London.

As an official Team GB ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Games, Catherine toured the park and met with Olympic staff. Good sport that she is, she also changed out of her navy Pucci blazer and nice shoes into sneakers and a hoodie so she could hit the ball around herself, participating in a hockey training session. (She did, after all, play field hockey back in her schoolgirl days.)