PyeongChang 2018 mascot and logo

PyeongChang 2018 mascot and logo

Over the weekend I spent a lot of my time watching TV. The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang are well under way and I am hooked. Snowboarding, skiing, ice dancing, and speed skating – even curling (which really isn’t all that boring) – I am watching it all. Then on Sunday as Claire Balding was introducing the men’s Bobsleigh doubles completion she mentioned that the GB female Bobsleighers had their funding cut. Ummm what. The men’s teams – and there are multiple – still had their funding but not the one single women’s team?

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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.

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(We were trying to spell the word B Y E in this picture because it was our last shift and no one was happy about that)

Yesterday was a mixed bag sort of day: my commute to and from work was full of massive tube delays, the google doodle made me smile, my Nike run that evening was brilliant, and when I got home there was book post. But more than this, more than all of this Leap Year for me means Olympics and Paralympics. Even the name Leap fits. I am convinced I can get a six pack and be a record breaking pole vaulter through osmosis and nothing else when the Games are on. I watch everything and I really do mean everything. During the Beijing Games I would go to sleep at 6pm in the evening and wake up at 2am just so I could watch the swimming. During London 2012 I was a Games Maker and possibly had the best time ever. Now it’s Rio’s turn and I can’t wait.

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Every year this day rolls around and every year I am amazed at how quickly the days passed. It’s the last day on 2013 today and what an epic year it has been.

WARNING: Under the cut there’s a picture of me donating blood, which includes a needle and a small amount of blood.

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