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

August 14, 2012 1 comment

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…

Photos from London 2012 Olympics Day 7 – Men’s Hockey + Olympic Park

August 6, 2012 1 comment

On Friday, August 3rd 2012 we returned to the Olympic Park to see the Men’s Hockey matches, Spain v South Africa and Belgium v South Korea. Though we arrived late due to underestimating travel time, we still caught some of the first match and all of the second. The atmosphere was merry for the Belgium / Korea match, as while there were a fair few Belgium fans and a smattering of Korean fans, the vast majority of the crowd were neutrals who took up the Korean cause as the supposed underdogs – cue curiously British football-style chanting of “We love Korea, we do, we love Korea, we do… ohhh Korea we love you.” Mexican waves abounded. And the hockey wasn’t bad. We joined the throngs afterwards ambling back towards the park towards Stratford and got to see the Stadium, the Orbit and the other buildings in their full night-time regalia.

Spain wins against South Africa in Men’s Hockey, Olympic Park

Olympic Men’s Hockey: Belgium vs South Korea

Belgium fans watch Olympic Men’s Hockey: Belgium vs South Korea

Olympic Men’s Hockey: Belgium vs South Korea

R.U.N. Outside Copper Box, Olympic Park

ArcelorMittal Orbit by Night

Olympic Stadium and Orbit by Night

There are about double the number of shots here shown in my photoset over on Flickr – go have a look.

I also did a cheeky little 360 degree panorama on the iPhone from inside the Riverbanks Arena which you can see here.