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Photos from London 2012 Olympics Day 14 – Men’s Basketball Final (USA v Spain)


I was extremely fortunate that a certain friend of mine decided to move home to Australia, and equally fortunate that he had a kind thought for me, as I ended up with his tickets to the USA v Spain basketball final on the last day of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

As usual in the actual Olympic venues there was no problem bringing in my 70-200mm F2.8 and 1.4X extender – and these were juuuuuuust about enough to capture some of the action from our seats in the rafters.

Panorama of the North Greenwich Arena during the USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

Rudy Fernandez scores for Spain in USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

Mexican Wave, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

David Beckham and sons enjoy the action, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

LeBron James goes for a slam dunk, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

It was an unexpectedly close match, with a lot of action on both sides of the court, and if you went by audience volume alone then it seemed like Spain was winning for most of the time. (I must say that thirteen years absence from America makes me slightly cringe to chant “U-S-A” like a pumped up frat boy, but I managed it.) There were the expected celebrities – although no Jack Nicholson – and the expected results at the end. USA 107, Spain 100.

USA team call a timeout with 30 seconds left just to celebrate, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

USA team walk off victorious, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger stands for the US national anthem while Boris Johnson looks on, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

USA team, Olympic champions, stand for national anthem at medal ceremony, USA Spain Olympic Basketball Final, August 12th 2012

As usual these and more shots of the match (and the Olympics) can be found over on Flickr.

Also, I would like to echo the sentiments of many, many others when I say that the Olympics was a real pleasure to host in London, and my didn’t London pull it off? So many emotional moments, so many shared highs and lows, and now back to the sordid business of normal life. I was very fortunate to go to a few events, and was happy to share the fortune with others by giving some tickets to those who had missed out. We will not see the like of these Games in our town again, at least not in our lifetimes. So it was truly special to be here, and I am thankful for it.

Now, if they had only not bolloxed up the closing ceremony…

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  1. December 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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