London 2012 – that’s a wrap
Yesterday morning bought with it a more than severe case of the Monday Blues; the glories of Sunday night’s closing ceremony are still hanging over Londoners glum about the prospect of returning to everyday life devoid of union jacks and gold medals, once more.
The Olympic Games have been phenomenal. The way the nation has embraced them and the incredible performances by Team GB have combined to inject a wave of Olympic hysteria across the land over these past two weeks.
It’s been a welcome distraction from the usually depressing news headlines. The Games have been a national ego booster, a moral lifting celebration that’s put a spring into every British step across the country.
So here’s a little post-Games wrap-up for you all to stifle those withdrawal symptoms…
Firstly, we need to get something off our chests here – Great Britain & N. Ireland came a fantastic third place in the overall medal table, right? Well not according to our American friends across the Atlantic. Nope, we actually finished up fourth if you’re a New York Times reader!
Ranting aside, we really enjoyed Mashable‘s infographic documenting the use of twitter during the Olympics. Titled ‘How twitter talked about the Olympics‘, it’s got some pretty impressive statistics, for example:
As the world’s athletes vacated the Village yesterday, we thought we’d highlight some of our favourite tweets that have been dominating our news feed of late.
This was Canadian gymnast, Anjelika Reznik‘s opinion on life inside the Village:
USA shooting team member, Amanda Furrer, wasn’t immediately aware of the Village’s legacy but was pretty impressed with the place generally!
Team GB swimmer, Elizabeth Simmonds‘ tweets made us chuckle yesterday! She clearly didn’t want to leave:
Team GB gymnast, Louisa Pouli seemed similarly reluctant to leave our quarters too!
There’s clearly still a lot to look forward - East Village is going to be a fantastic new neighbourhood for Londoners, that’s for sure.
It was also interesting to read about Yorkshire Tourism’s newfound boost in interest, in light of the county’s resounding success at the Games (at one stage, had Yorkshire entered the Games as its own team, it would have been seventh in the medal table) and we’re also told that crime levels in London fell during this period – another interesting statistic as we reflect on the last two weeks.
What have been your favourite highlights? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you.