London 2012: 30 things from the 30th Olympiad
So has post-Olympic depression sunk in? Is the thought of any other sporting event not living up to the highs of London?
Well, here is a look back, by the numbers, at 30 things from the Games of the XXX Olympiad.
A few facts, a few figures and a few funnies live from London with sports reporter Josh Callinan.
30 – The marriage proposals received by Team GB darling Jessica Ennis since winning her much-anticipated gold medal in the women’s heptathlon.
The stunning poster girl of the Games stole the hearts of a nation, and an Aussie on the road, during the Games with a memorable performance across the seven disciplines.
29 – The number of potential riots avoided because of the work done by the pink and purple army known as the volunteers, or the Games Makers as they were officially tagged, especially when a tired crowd of thousands are persuaded to do an impromptu Mexican wave while shuffling towards West Ham tube station at the end of big day at Olympic Park (A golden moment).
28 – Million was the estimated figure of the profits made by fish and chip stalls inside Olympic Park based on the size of the queues and the amount of refills performed on ketchup and mayonnaise pump stations.
27 – Thousand, 652, at last count, was the number of Facebook likes on a picture of a heat list featuring the now famous Bulgarian hurdler Vania Stambolova, who did not finish the race after living up to her name and stumbling in the opening race of the women’s 400 metre event.
26 – A crew of roughly this many hundred people were sent to London by US broadcaster NBC to cover the Games and they still managed to most of it in five-hour tape delay #nbcfail.
25 – The number of Olympics that have passed since Team GB had a day quite like this (the last was a home Games in 1908) with six gold medals collected on the one amazing night of competition on August 4.
24 – The specialised Olympic channels provided by host UK broadcaster BBC designed to enable each sport to be viewed live, simply by pushing the red button on your remote control and scrolling down to make your selection (women’s handball – yes, please).
23 – And under basketball Olympic competition proposal by NBA commissioner David Stern turned down by the sport’s international governing body FIBA.
22 (.92) – The percentage of Australian athletes from the 410 strong team that brought home Olympic medals.
21 – Epic fails of the Olympics as covered by online magazine Coed, which included: the obligatory weightlifting body slam; the disappointing exclusion of Greek long jumper Voula Papachristou; and some of the dodgiest officiating ever seen in the Olympic boxing ring.
20 – At this age Laura Trott from Great Britain becomes the youngest gold medalist in women’s track cycling at the Olympics, before going on to double up – just for good measure.
19 – The days of sporting action in total for the London Olympics with football competition getting underway on the Wednesday before the opening ceremony.
18 – The Olympic gold medals now won solely by Michael Phelps and the number of people who actually care that a photo for an ad with a non-London 2012 sponsor was released before the end of the Games (I mean it makes perfect sense to strip the world’s most successful Olympian of his 22 career medals for appearing on the billboard of a rival company).
17 – Year-old US swimmer Missy Franklin marks her five medals, four gold and one bronze, at London 2012 with an Olympic tattoo at the top of her right thigh (on the outer side of the body for those thinking that this may have been a much more painful process than first envisioned).
16 – The runner-up prizes, or silver medals as they are more commonly known, received by the Australian team at London 2012 (most, if not all, coming second to Team GB in a one-sided Ashes affair).
15 – The day of Olympic competition when victory celebrations collided between Team GB middle distance runner Mo Farah and Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt (the Mo-Bolt) following gold medals in their respective events on the track in front of 80,000 spectators and millions others worldwide watching on television or online.
14 – The tube stops between Balham and Stratford (the journey I traveled on the way to events at Olympic Park), none of which were delayed at all or ridiculously overcrowded despite many strong warnings in the lead up to the Games.
13 – The date in August when when the Olympic flag landed in Brazil, hosts of the Games in 2016.
12 – The repeats of Khe Sanh heard at Australia House on Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning after the men’s hockey and women’s basketball teams had won bronze medals on the penultimate day of competition.
11 – North Korean footballers not taking to the field for an hour in an early round of the women’s football competition after an unfortunate mix up with the flag of fierce neighbouring rivals South Korea.
10 – The days after winning the Tour de France that hometown hero Bradley Wiggins secured an Olympic gold medal in the men’s time trial.
9 – The number of gold medals that Usain Bolt would be up to if he completed the triple treat in Rio in four years time by claiming his third successive Olympic victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
8 – Times in a row that the men’s team from the US has won the 4x100m medley relay, the country’s longest streak in the Olympic swimming pool.
7 – The number of countries winning a medal for the first time at the Olympics – Bahrain, Botswana, Cyprus, Gabon, Grenada, Guatemala and Montenegro.
6 – The number of days that the feeling of good will and sense of national pride surrounding Team GB actually lasted beyond London 2012, which coincided with the onset of the English Premier League.
All sense of international rules seemed to be put aside for club patriotism and in the words of one Queens Park Rangers fan on the opening day of the season at west-London venue Loftus Road: “You don’t even speak our language”, which was directed at the Swansea supporters cheering the visiting Welsh sides’ comfortable 5-0 victory.
5 – Foot and seven inches was the height of gardener and swimming pool attendant turned Olympic rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka of Niger.
A crowd favourite who finished last in each of his three events just three months after taking up the sport.
4 – The number of million mentions of Team GB on Twitter since start of Games (as of Day 12 anyway).
3 – Times in bodyweight lifted by North Korean Olympic gold medalist Om Yun Chol.
He became the third person in history to do so when he set the Olympic record in the 56 kilogram division with a lift of 168kg in the clean and jerk weightlifting competition.
2 – f the biggest television screens ever seen were inside Olympic Park at the live sites space for spectators to enjoy in between venues.
1 – The number of lighthouses named after Olympic gold medalists following London 2012.
Keshorn Walcott won Trinidad and Tobago’s second gold medal with success in the men’s javelin event and the 19-year-old was rewarded with money, land, luxury house, a public holiday and of course – a lighthouse named in his honour.
Welcome home parades for the Australian Olympic team start today and will be held across the country during the next week.
- Sydney (Monday, August 20 – noon)
- Melbourne (Wednesday, August 22 – 11.30am)
- Adelaide (Thursday, August 23 – noon)
- Brisbane (Friday, August 24 – noon)
- Hobart (Saturday, August 25 – 11am)
- Perth (Monday, August 27 – 12.30pm)
- Canberra (Tuesday, August 28 – noon)
Josh Callinan is a sports reporter from Fairfax regional daily newspaper the Maitland Mercury and ABC Local Radio in Newcastle.
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