That picture represents so many things that I have been working for and all the aims I wanted to achieve at the Olympics. Those smiles represent relief, happiness, sadness, excitement… so many different emotions after we had finished our second routine on the 9th of September.
One of our main aims of the games was to raise the profile of Rhythmic Gymnastics within the UK, and to be honest, with the amount of press we received before the games I think we have actually achieved this! I know a lot of people that aren’t my friends or family actually watched me compete, which I think really is amazing and I hope everyone understood why we were there.
I know everyone would really like to know the ins and outs of the village, so I’ll try and tell you all the exciting stuff in a nutshell and guess what I’m going to start with…
The Food Hall. The meeting place for all athletes, the social ground where you finally get to see the stars and of course, lots and lots of free food. There are lots of different sections where you can try different types of food, and having a strict diet myself, it is very difficult not to add extra things into your meals that you wouldn’t normally have. Now, I have a sweet tooth and there was cake everywhere! But I managed to hold off until I had competed, and tucked into a nice slice of red velvet cake… NOM. Oh and free all you can eat macdonalds is pretty cool aswell!
There were lots of places for athletes to hang out, a place called the globe where bands would play live, there were pool tables, Wii Games, Xbox’s, televisions, just lots of entertainment really. Was good to see everyone relax after they had competed, that big sigh of relief people give after its all over.
I must say, without the volunteers that were working at the games, it wouldn’t of been half the games it was. They were all amazing, so friendly, helpful and just down to earth which is really nice to see and its actually calming. The only thing they did get wrong was calling me and my team synchronised swimmers!
The games was such a brilliant experience, and people ask me how it was all the time and I honestly have no words to explain how it was. I hope people managed to see how beautiful the sport was and how the sport needs more funding to be able to progress in the world rankings.
Now, where do I put my Olympic tattoo…