My taste of the London Olympics

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I remember writing a piece of work at school around the time when London was considering entering the race to host the 2012 Olympics.

I was very much in favour of the bid because sport has always been a major part of my life and at that time I was competing nationally in athletics.

Although my hopes of competing at the games drifted away I was still intent on being part of what will most likely be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

After applying for a variety of Olympic tickets around 18 months ago, myself along with three friends were fortunate enough to receive tickets for a men’s quarter final football match at Wembley.

As was the nature of the ballot we were unaware of the two teams we would be watching, but hopes were high it would be either the British team or the samba stars from Brazil. Instead, we got Mexico and Senegal.

The new Wembley only opened five years ago and boasts a 90,000 capacity along with an iconic arch structure which can be seen for miles. We got to the stadium early to have a look around and get a taste of the atmosphere from the supporters.

Although the majority of the crowd was local it wasn’t hard to miss the Senegalese and Mexican fans – especially when surrounded by Lucha Libre wrestlers in full outfit!

The game itself was filled with excitement. Mexico took a two-goal lead before the attacking Senegal team pulled it back to 2-2 and took the game into extra time. However, the Africans always looked vulnerable defensively and two mistakes allowed Mexico to take advantage and eventually seal a 4-2 win.

The following day we headed into London to see some of the famous sites. It was my first visit to the city so I was keen to make the most of our short stay and visit as many places as I could.

In the space of a few hours we had been to Madame Tussauds and the Houses of Parliament before getting a spectacular view surroundings on the London Eye.

The women’s marathon race was taking place around Westminster so we caught a glimpse of the action as the athletes ran past and it was great to see huge crowds passionately cheering everyone on.

We walked up past Buckingham Palace towards Hyde Park where big screens were in place to watch action from the Olympic sports. We were just in time to see Andy Murray claim the gold medal at Wimbledon and the passion of the crowd when he won the final point will be a moment I’ll never forget.

It would have been great to get to the Olympic Park in Stratford but unfortunately all the tickets were sold out. The organisation was first class with helpful volunteers on hand at just about every street corner and the transport system was also very smooth.

It feels like the vast majority of people got into the Olympic spirit and hopefully London 2012 will achieve the ambition of creating a legacy. It may even encourage me to pull the running vest back on...