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Good Luck to Olympics 2012 Paralympians

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’ve just about recovered from my marathon coverage of Olympics 2012, after my colleagues have found lots of great greenygrey stories to entertain you with since the closing ceremony.

London Paralympics 2012

Tonight will see the Olympic stadium filled again, as the London Paralympics 2012 gets under way. The Greenygrey will be there again.

london 2012 paralympics / olympics countdown clock
london 2012 paralympics / olympics countdown clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Superminds as well as Superbodies
If the Olympics showcases the fastest, strongest and most skilled athletes competing in most of the sports, the Paralympics features those with the superminds to overcome physical problems and compete at a high level in the same sports.

Paralympics
Paralympics (Photo credit: AudreyH)
Some of the paralympians’ achievements are truly amazing, and we wish them all an enjoyable and successful games.

Their endurance and determination is a great example of what humanity can do when it sets its mind to it, and all in a positive way.

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Jessica Ennis Runs Amazing 100m Hurdles to Open Olympics Athletics

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams. Olympics 2012 is certainly hotting up, with Jessica Ennis setting the athletics alight for the UK crowd under a sunny sky on the first morning, with a 100 metres hurdles time that is a:

  1. British record.
  2. Best heptathlon time ever.
  3. Equals the winning time for the individual 100 metres hurdles in the last Olympics in Beijing.
The skies have been alternating between grey and blue all morning, so we’re not sure just how greenygrey the Olympic stadium was at the time.

Team GB Gold and Silver amongst the Greenygrey

There were cycling and shooting golds for Team GB on Day 6, but it was the canoeing that showed the greenygrey at its best.

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott took gold in the canoe slalom C2 event, which had a lot of greenygrey interest from the start.

From above, the greenygrey looked as splendid as it does in mountain rapids, as Baillie and Stott prepared for their gold medal performance.

And the greenygrey was also there to guide them through the course to gold:

 

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Lost Horizon: Sports Stadiums Evoke Tribal Memories of Greenygrey Glacial Glades?

London Olympic stadium
Image by davepatten via Flickr

Hi, it’s Ethelwulf.  I was watching a news crew enter a stadium the other day, I think it was the new London Olympics 2012 one, and remembering my experiences doing the same thing at venues such as Elland Road, when I got to thinking how stadiums recreate the environmental feel of mountains and glades.  And the colours of green and grey of course.

Lost Horizons of Body and Mind

In the classic film, Lost Horizons, some Westerners found a utopian lost civilisation, Shangri-La, hidden away in the Himalayas.  After walking through blizzards on the way there, once they are inside they find Shangri-La to be green and pleasant sheltered within the protecting mountains.

However, some problems arise, and all is not hunky-dory for them…

Parallels with Sporting Stadiums

I think the film has similarities to people going to support their team in sporting stadiums.  If it is in winter, they struggle there in difficult conditions, but once inside they see a green oasis within a sheltering grey stadium; perhaps evoking primal memories of tribal safety and socialisation within early cave-glade human settlements.

For the time before kick-off, and if their team wins it becomes a utopian society, but problems often arise…

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