So an interesting subject came up in a conversation I was having today with a friend. What was this subject I hear you ask… well it was the Olympics of course! But I left the conversation in a weird state of mind and I’ll explain to you why.
My friend had just told me that she’d received tickets to some of the Olympic events, Gymnastics and running- I mean come on, who gets that lucky!? So I obviously told her that I was jealous and that she should enjoy herself. She responded by saying that she was going to Spain instead. Now I know that we all need holidays and sure she would probably have a good time, but I just don’t know if I’d give up the once in a lifetime opportunity that is going to watch some Olympic events. Does this act say a lot about youth these days? I don’t know. It’s a tricky one, hey maybe I would do the same if I was in her position, but I’m not and it’s always easier to criticise from an outside position. I just thought I would share this and see what you guys made of it…
Even with widespread distress over the Olympic organiser’s plans to build a giant basketball hall on the Leyton marshes, the Olympic bosses still won permission to do so.
This news is somewhat old, being published first last month, but it just highlights something I’m very interested in looking at and that is the impact on communities from the Olympics.
I think that surely with 1,250 people signing a petition against, people from that are from that are. This issue shouldnt have just been brushed aside, which is what has seemed to have happened. It looks as if nothing has changed and still we have a clear case of the little people being forgotten about!
At 22, Holley Mangold has qualified to represent Team U.S in the upcoming Olympics.
She recently said to Dayton daily magazine, that she’d always wanted to be in the Olympics, but ‘I always thought I’d get it for diving or gymnastics.’ It’s funny how things turn out. At 5’8 and 374 pounds, I think it seems like destiny that she has qualified for weightlifting.
From reading about her, its seems like she’s really pushed herself and is a very determined being, from originally setting her sights on the 2016 games and managing to qualify for the 2012 games. She has also added ‘35 Kilo’s’ onto the weight she could lift last year. She must be trying so hard to achieve the best she can.
She’s also the younger sister of Nick Mangold, who is ‘a three-time All pro center for the New York Jets’ - athleticism obviously runs in the family.
Good luck Holley…
This whole ‘plastic brit’ label thats being given to athletes that silly people, without any nices fibres in their bodies, is really annoying me.
How can you you attempt to isolate an athlete from their chosen country of representation, purely because YOU believe them not to be legitimately able to represent a country, whether that be because they were born in another country or that by fate their parents were born in another country. How can we say that they dont deserve to make their families and our country proud by representing us? Anyway, who is actually ‘British’? I myself am Welsh and sure I consider myself British, but if by chance my parents had been born in another country, but I had lived in Britain all my life, I would have full rights to consider myself British!