Which sports did I watch today?
Swimming, Canoe Slalom, Rowing, Cycling (Track)
Golden moment of the day – Track Cycling begins with world records and drama
I missed most of the daytime events in today’s Olympics and had to catch up with most of the big wins of the day. With medals arriving all over the place my moment of the day is the opposite. The Women’s Team Sprint was looking like a definite Gold for GB as we sped through the opening qualifying round. Breaking a World Record in the next round was easy for our girls, but through a slight misjudgement during their crossover manoeuvre between laps GB were relegated from the race. Victoria Pendleton overtook Jess Varnish before crossing the line, an illegal move in the event, which opened the competition wide open for 2nd favourites China. Perhaps incidents like this come in pairs, as the Chinese team did exactly the same during their Gold medal race, dropping down to Silver in the process. 10 minutes later the GB Men’s Team were breaking the world record in their event, delivering the third gold of the day. It was a drama filled Afternoon in the velodrome, and hopefully the rest of the week will be just as exciting.
Athlete of the day – Gabrielle Douglas (USA)
Having been impressed by the whole American Gymnastics team on Tuesday, Gabrielle Douglas scored the Gold in the individual All-Around effortlessly today. It’s her landings that showcase exactly why she’s the best Gymnast of these games, she hits the floor exactly where she means to each time completing the line with her arms beautifully. She avoids just about every trait of Gymnasts that I get frustrated with, that beaming smile helping her to no end. Her performance today proved why she should be the best Athlete of the day (I also didn’t want to pick another Swimmer!)
What I’m looking forward to tomorrow
Rebecca Adlington attempting to retain her Gold from Beijing will surely be one of the best moments of the Swimming so far, but it’s all about the Athletics tomorrow. Face of the games Jessie Ennis begins her bid for victory in the Heptathlon, the pressure she must be under to perform is ridiculous. The fact that I’m going to the Olympic Stadium on Saturday to see the conclusion of the event makes her debut tomorrow that bit more exciting as I’m hoping she will be far ahead of the rest come Saturday night.