521 days and counting....
Well, it was a bit too easy wasn't it? Yes, as of today there are only 521 days left until the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. If you've read any of my previous blogs you'll know that I'm a big fan of the London Olympics.
A couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time I went and had a look at the Oympic site. Having been to see it, I could have kicked myself for not having gone sooner. I would really have liked to see the site grow and develop. Too late now, though.
It's very easy to see the Olympic site, if you happen to be visiting London. The Docklands Light Railway, goes right past - you don't even have to get off the train! However, if you do get off, it's only a short walk up to a building called the "View Tube":
It's built out of old shipping containers - what a great bit of recycling! Inside there is a cafe and an education centre. From the balcony there are great views of the main stadium and the building site. The main site is almost complete, as you can see from these photos.
This is the Aquatic Centre:
And here's the main stadium:
Today, the first venue was officially opened - the velodrome, where all the cycling will take place. Now, you know what I'm like - I get easily sidetracked - so I thought I'd tell you a story about something that happened at a velodrome in Manchester last weekend. If you're squeamish, don't read the next paragraph!
Last weekend there was a cycling competition for cyclists from all over the world. One of the final races was on Saturday. British rider Sir Chris Hoy was in the lead. Just before he crossed the finish line, the other riders were involved in a dramatic crash - 4 of the 5 of them came off their bikes. It was an important race because the points for the winners counted toward Olympic qualification: so everyone was anxious to cross the finish line. Some of the riders started to run, pushing their bikes. One rider from New Zealand crossed the line and then collapsed with his shirt torn from his back. But the prize for the most dramatic injury? Well, Malaysian rider Azizulhasni Awang got back on his bike and cycled across the line - it was then discovered that he had a 20cm splinter of wood stuck right through his leg. In one side and out the other! He was taken to hospital, but they couldn't operate until the next day - imagine spending the night with a long piece of wood sticking through your leg! Yuck. You can see the film here.
So, my question to you is: what Olympic sport would you like to compete in? And would you go to the same lengths as Awang to complete a race? I'm pretty sure I wouldn't!
to kick yourself: to be really annoyed with yourself
to be sidetracked : to forget what you are supposed to be doing and start doing something else
squeamish: easily upset by unpleasant sights or situations
a splinter: a thin, sharp piece of wood
to go to the same/great lengths : to try very hard or to do extreme things to achieve something