London 2012 Diary: Offbeat snippets from around the Games - day 15

  • 11 August 2012
  • From the section UK

It's day 15 and the sporting action continues with diving, boxing, hockey and athletics. But here's what else has caught our eye around the Games.

If you've spotted a quirky quip or a notable news nugget you can get in touch using the form below.

Medalling with melons

An artist in Leicester has been using his wood-carving skills to make melon portraits of Olympic medal winners.

Amrat Palmer, 71, has carved Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray out of melons.

"I started carving out of wood and I saw somewhere about carving out of melon," Mr Palmer said.

"I tried it, had success and I like it," he added.

We wonder what the medallists like more - a green melon or a gold postbox?

Olympic champion to offer free swimming tips

Image caption Ian Thorpe wants to keep the Games going by offering free swimming tips

Former Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has vowed to keep the Games going by offering free swimming tips at a pool in London on Sunday.

The BBC Olympic sports commentator tweeted: "I want to see the legacy for myself and jump start things before I leave.

"From 9am tomorrow (Sunday) I will be at Tooting Bec Lido in London. I will give swimming tips to those who ask and do some signings.

"Remember it is limited capacity so first come first serve and only people serious about swimming, whatever age or standard allowed!! Lets keep the Games going! #london2012 "

Cycling star turned away

Image caption Victoria cycled to gold in the kieran and silver in the sprint

John Prescott has expressed his shock that Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton was apparently turned away from the BMX track on Friday where Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips were competing for a place in the final.

The former deputy prime minister tweeted "WHAT? RT @v_pendleton: Have just been denied access to the BMX, as the security changed the rules, what's with all my bad karma recently!"

Victoria, who has now retired after winning a gold in the kieran and a silver in the sprint, was later allowed to cheer on her fellow GB team mates at the venue.

She tweeted hours later, "Am at the BMX, it's turned out to be a beautiful day! Go @liamPHILLIPS65 and @ShanazeReade we are all behind you x."

Bolt 'already a legend'

Image caption Usain Bolt is bidding for a third gold in the 4x100m relay on Saturday night

Locog 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said Usain Bolt was already a legend after the president of the International Olympic Committee claimed the Jamaican sprinter needs to star at even more Games before he can attain such status.

IOC president Jacques Rogge's downplaying of Bolt's achievements follows his criticism of the sprinter's showboating four years ago, but London 2012 chairman Coe has no doubts.

Lord Coe said: "Usain Bolt is clearly a legend - no one else has ever won back-to-back 100m and 200m."

Rogge said on Thursday while Bolt was an icon he was not yet on the same level as Carl Lewis, the American former sprinter and long-jumper who won Olympic titles at each Games from 1984 to 1996.

'Drunk as a skunk'

Image caption Mike Krzyzewski became 'Division I’s winningest coach' in November 2011

US men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski joked he was enjoying London 2012 a bit too much when he told a reporter he was out every night "drunk as a skunk".

When asked by a reporter if he needed to do any coaching given he had such a talented team, he quipped:

"Absolutely none. I'm out every night with my family, drunk as a skunk. Wait till you see me tonight. I'll get in at six and you all are invited to come out with me."

Krzyzewski is preparing his team for Sunday's gold medal final against Spain.

The sporting woolly rivals

Image caption The knitted Park has had hundreds of visitors including a Korean television crew

A Walthamstow resident is displaying her own Olympic Park, made entirely of knitted sports stars.

This is the mini park as it appears in Mary Haggerty's garden, but here you can get up close to the "athletes" with this selection of pictures.

Olympic bands on trend

A little bit of fun on a Saturday afternoon for BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens. He asked listeners of his afternoon show to tweet him their favourite "Olympic bands".

The theme soon started trending online with some comical results.

Suggestions included:

  • My Chemical 'Row'mance - My Chemical Romance
  • Two Oar Cinema Club - Two Door Cinema Club
  • Archery Monkeys - Arctic Monkeys
  • Panic at the Discus - Panic at the Disco
  • Diver Straits - Dire Straits
  • Scouting for golds - Scouting for girls
  • Floor Mats and the Machine - Florence and the Machine

Gold finger

Image caption Rob Smith painted the postbox in honour of Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie

Police have arrested a man for spray painting a Royal Mail postbox gold in honour of Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie.

Rob Smith, 51 painted the postbox in Lymington High Street where the gold medallist lives.

He said: "When they said they weren't going to paint anything in Lymington, I just thought this is madness."

The father-of-three was arrested at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage, held in a police cell in Lyndhurst overnight and later released on bail.

Mr Smith, who runs a bar and restaurant in the town, said locals were outraged when they heard a postbox would be painted in the sailor's honour in Cornwall, where Ainslie was born.

Taekwondo tweet

British taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook has congratulated Lutalo Muhammad and Jade Jones on their Olympic medals.

Muhammad was selected ahead of European champion Cook for the GB team in the under 80kg category and although the British Olympic Association initially refused to ratify the decision, they later agreed to the choice.

Muhammad went on to win a bronze the day after Cook said he would not be able to "bear to watch" his rival fight.

However despite all that Cook has now tweeted: "Congratulations on your medals @jadejonestkd @LutaloMuhammad."

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