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LONDON 2012, Olympic Fever is at an all Time High

Friday, 27 July 2012

Well seven years in the making and the 2012 London Olympic games are finally here, the opening ceremony will take place at London's Olympic stadium tonight at 9pm and it's due to become quite possibly the biggest TV event in history as 1 billion people from around the world are expected to tune in and watch film Director Danny Boyle's £27 million spectacular. I will be one of those 1 billion, but you should remember that there is also a build up to the big event which starts from 7pm on BBC 1 when it will be revealed who is going to be lighting the Olympic flame, rumours circulating at the time of writing this are that maybe it could be David Beckham who will be kicking a flaming football into the cauldron, and that its possibly Muhammad Ali, either way it will be a brilliant spectacular. Personally I'd prefer David Beckham as I think he was a key part in helping bring the games to London, second to that he is the most famous sportsman from Great Britain, if not the entire world, yes there are massive names in Basketball, American Football, Formula 1, MotoGP, Tennis and any other sport you can think of but you mention the name David Beckham to anyone in the world and they will know who you are talking about.

Following the opening ceremony the games will begin and 10,000 athletes from 205 countries will commence with the greatest show on Earth, that is of course all of the non Football events. The Women's Football started on Wednesday night, and Thursday night saw the start of Men's Football, unfortunately I didn't catch to much of it but here are a couple of results. World and European champions Spain were defeated by Japan, favourites Brazil beat Egypt 3 - 2, before South Americans Uruguay were defeated by United Arab Emirates. Then the big event, a historical one actually. Team GB started their Olympic challenge at Old Trafford and faced sturdy opposition in Senegal, the game finished 1 - 1 with Liverpool's Craig Bellamy scoring for Team GB. I watched about ten minutes of the Uruguay game, and the last fifteen minutes of the Team GB game as well as watching Team GB play Brazil in a friendly warm up game last week. I have to agree with BBC Football pundit Robbie Savage that the best Team GB can hope for in this area of the Olympics is Bronze. I have no doubt that it will be Brazil and their superstar centre forward Naymar that walk away with the Gold medal, but it's not a fore gone conclusion by any means. Uruguay looked impressive in parts, with Newcastle United transfer target Gaston Ramirez looking particularly comfortable, Japan were no slouches and United Arab Emirates also appeared to be very well organised, so it should be good to watch.

Now 304 events is a lot to get through and like me you probably don't enjoy all of them, so I'm going to run through my favourites. Football would be near the top but as this is the Olympics it doesn't take priority for me, you may know that I'm also a massive fan of Cycling, Mark Cavendish and Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins in particular, cycling will probably come top of the list for me and Great Britain get the ball rolling for their first Olympic gold on Saturday morning as Wiggins and Cavendish take to the road race around the Surrey hills before a sprint finish into London, we all know that Mark Cavendish is the fastest man on two wheels right now proved when he won the sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees last week for the fourth consecutive year. Hopefully Cavendish and Wiggins will see Great Britain off to a good start.

Second to the road cycling would be the Velodrome cycling, rowing and of course I can't wait to see Usain Bolt in the 100m sprint. We also have a lot of hope in the swimming and diving. I really can't wait for London 2012 to officially get under way. How about you? What's your favourite Olympic event? Do you have a favourite athlete? And I suppose most important off all who do you think should light the Olympic flame tonight?
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