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FOR THE GREAT TIME IN LONDON

I want to thank all my new and old friends that made my Olympic London visit unforgettable! And thank you London for having us!

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THANK YOU LONDON!

The Olympic Games London 2012 are over. Finally! I was in London last weekend attending the handball finals and cheering for Croatian national team. I must say I had a great time and I met wonderful people. Without them this trip to London wouldn`t be so amusing.

Photo: Natali, Anja, Maja, Karmen and Costa (and Tower Bridge)

We came to London on Friday (10/08/2012) and first went to see the semi-final with France. Although we were all sure that we`ll win this game, it seems that Croatian coach got lost. This wasn`t the game that we`re used to watch. We cheered so hard but there were too many French and they were so laud that any our attempt to say something was useless. This time French were better and they won fair-and-square.

On Saturday we had the whole day off so we used it to meet with Zlatko and Manuel at Olympic Park, have a coffee, and later go sightseeing. As I have already been to London I offered myself to be a guide and show them the city. We bought one-day ticket for metro and bus (7 £) which is the best if you`re planning to ride a lot like we did. We used our time to see as much as we can, but if you have ever been to London then you know you need at least five days to see it all and enjoy it. We saw a lot but our feet got burned. 🙂 (A mad guide!) I will describe you our route in other post.

Photo: Zlatko Horvat, I and Manuel Štrlek

On Sunday at 11 a.m. we had to cheer for our national handball team in finals for bronze. This time we cheered better and our team won against Hungary winning a bronze medal on Olympic games in London. Later that day a Croatian water polo team won a gold olympic medal!

If you didn`t know, Croatia is a small country at Adriatic coast with 4,5 mil people. The capital is Zagreb and official languages is Croatian. This year at Olympics Croatian won 6 Olympic medals – 3 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. For country so small as Croatia this is a great sport success. On Monday at Zagreb`s airport hundreds of people welcomed Croatian Olympians who later that day went to the center of Zagreb and greeted happy crowd.

Photo: Welcoming Olympians at Zagreb airport

I ODOŠE NA OLIMPIJSKE IGRE U LONDON!

ENGLISH VERSION: AND OFF THEY GO TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON

Jedva čekam početak Olimpijskih igara. Hrvatski sportaši danas lete za London, a ja sam svoje favorite i dva posebna Olimpijca pozdravila i zaželjela im svu sreću. Tko zna, možda se i vidimo u Londonu!

Nakon što smo na Olimpijske igre u Peking poslali Zlatka, lijepo je za znati da će u hrvatskoj olimpijskoj rukometnoj vrsti u Londonu biti rukometni bratitići i Zlatko i Lidija Horvat koji su moji posebni favoriti. Jeee! Osjećaj je predivan, jer kad znate da je ovakav događaj prvi vrhuncu karijere svakog sportaša, a zlatna medalja ono čemu se svi nadaju, kako im ne bismo držali fige sretnice!? Tim više što su se cure rukometašice po prvi puta uopće plasirale na Olimpijske igre, dok muška rukometna repka već ima iskustava, a čini se ako medalja nije zlatna, onda je nikakva (Atlanta 1996., Atena 2004.) .

Rukomet za muškarce je u program Olimpijskih igara prvi puta uključen 1936. godine, ali nakon te godine tek je ponovo pridružen olimpijskim sportovima 1972. na OI u Münchenu. Rukomet za žene se prvi put održao u Montrealu 1976. Hrvatska je dva puta osvajala zlato, dok je (ako niste znali)  i reprezentacija bivše Jugoslavije osvojila čak dva zlata (1972. U Münchenu i 1984. u Los Angelesu) i broncu (1988. u Seulu).

Olimpijske igre London 2012

Olimpijske igre počinju za samo 4 dana – 27. srpnja. Inače, na programu Igara uvršteno je 26 sportova, a održat će se natjecanja u 300 sportskih disciplina, na ukupno 34 sportska borilišta. OI London očekuje sudjelovanje oko 10500 sportašica i sportaša te 6000 pratećih službenih osoba iz 205 zemalja svijeta. Hrvatsku će u Londonu predstavljati čak 110 sportaša u 18 sportova.

Dakle, sada znate koje ću sportove pomno pratiti i za koga ću najglasnije navijati. Sretno svim Olimpijcima!

OLIMPIJSKI KRUGOVI

Najpoznatiji symbol Olimpijskih igara koji predstavljaju pet naseljenih kontinenata. Tri kruga su gore, a dva dolje I tim redom: plavi – Europa, crni – Afrika, crveni – Amerike, žuti – Azija, zeleni – Australija. Ove boje su izabrane jer svaka država svijeta na svojoj zastavi ima barem jednu od ovih boja.

Photos:

Olimpijska torta Sretno Zlatko i Lidija!

Olympic medals: London 2012 Olympic medals designed by British artist David Watkins. The Olympic medals disk circular form is a metaphor for the world. The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Sport – ‘Nike’ – stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon and arriving in London.

Mascot Wenlock and Mandeville: Athletes and local children first on completed track Picture taken 03.10.11 by David Poultney for LOCOG Pictured London2012