Summer of Sport – Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain competes in the women’s heptathlon long jump Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I love the Olympics. For Beijing in 2008 I was a student and changed my sleeping time so that I could watching everything as it was broadcast live. For London 2012 I was a Games Maker and fully emmersed in the whole spectacle. For Rio 2016 I sadly have to adult and can’t change my waking / sleeping habits but I can watch everything possible and that is exactly what I have been doing.

The first week is over and in Team GB terms it has been wonderful for us. While we have less gold medals than at the same time during London 2012 we have the same number of total medals and are currently SECOND ON THE TABLE after USA. I don’t think this has ever happened before and I don’t know if we will end the games second but it is wonderful.


Germany’s Lisa Unruh shoots an arrow during the women’s competition at the Sambodromo archery venue. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

I am not a particularly patriotic person. More than anything I have more pride in being a Londoner rather than a Briton but during the Olympics and other sporting events I overflow with pride. I love hearing the athlete’s stories and the work they put into their sport. I love how inspirational events like the Olympics are because more people should move for fun.

Every Olympics I want to try something new and this time I want to try Rugby 7s so badly. I was hooked as the Rugby 7s competition was going on and when the GB men’s team reached the final my whole house knew how happy I was.


Aldo Montano of Italy and Fares Ferjani of Tunisia during the men’s individual sabre. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Every Olympics I also watch a sport I previously had no interest in. This time round that was golf. Not only do I not have any interest in it but I also don’t understand the rules and until now haven’t ever bothered to learn. That changed completely over the weekend. Well almost completely! I definitely understand more and actually enjoyed watching the men’s competition.


Alexandra Priscila Martinez in action during the women’s handball match between Brazil and Spain. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

There is another week of competition left and now that the athletics programme has started I am in my element! The irony of wanting to be as lazy as possible while watching one of the greatest sporting events ever isn’t lost on me but it happens only once every four years – I don’t want to miss anything!

Is there anything you are really excited about watching? Anything that you have now been inspired to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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