Every 4 years one of our favourite sporting events, The Olympic Games takes place. For many athletes it's the pinnacle of their sporting career. The best in the world compete in over 300 different events. Here at Voltage Sport we love watching the Olympics.
One of the things that's so endearing about watching the Olympics is the variety of different sporting disciplines on show. Watching athletes giving their all in sports we know nothing about but cheering them on regardless.
We have some wonderful memories of the Olympics, dating back from childhood through to London 2012. Living in England we have long supported Team GB and it was fantastic to see how the whole country embraced those last Olympics. We loved it!
1 - Of course we have to start with London 2012. Team GB had their greatest medal haul and the sporting showcase was just incredible. Caroline went to watch the cycling Road Race live. Standing outside Buckingham Palace, in the crowd of people waiting to see who would be crowned with the gold medal was exciting and tense. At one point even Princess Anne walked past! It was a great start to the Olympic campaign as Lizzie Armitstead was the first Team GB medal winner, getting a silver medal in the women's road race. Having seen many cycling races around the world, this has to be one of the best because of the magnitude of the event.
2 - Staying with London, it would be hard not to mention Super Saturday! The most successful day in Team GB's history where 12 Gold medals were won. We originally were going to be out for the evening on that monumental day, thank goodness we decided to stay home and watch the Olympics on TV instead. Super Saturday culminated with British athletes winning 3 Gold medals in the space of 1 hour. Track and Field star Mo Farrah winning gold in the 10,000 metres, Jessica Ennis winning in the Heptathlon and Greg Rutherford grabbing gold in the long-jump.
3 - Thinking back to Sydney in 2000, one memory for us is staying up late to watch Sir Steve Redgrave win his historic fifth Gold medal in the mens coxless 4. Seeing Sir Steve and his fellow rowers celebrate victory on the open water was a thrilling experience. The race didn't begin until after midnight UK time but it was worth staying up to see their emotional win that night.
4 - The 4x100m men's relay has always been a favourite of our's to watch. Over the years the Team GB relay team has had plenty of ups and down, from Darren Campbell dropping the baton in Atlanta in 1996 to the remarkable gold medal win in Athens in 2004. It's always an event full of excitement and drama, it was great to finally beat the dominant American team in the relay!
5 - An early Olympic Games memory which stands out is the men's 100m sprint from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Team GB sprinter Linford Christie took gold. At the time there hadn't been too many successful British sprinters so it was a huge achievement and made him a star around Britain.
As #superfans of Team GB we'd like to wish the team the best of luck in Rio. We will be watching intently and cheering on our amazing athletes in their quest for gold.
Check out this video in association with Panasonic where some of Team GB have a bit of fun before the hard work of the Olympics begins!
What's your favourite Olympic memory? Share in the comments below, we'd love to know!
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