Basketball Arena @ Olympic Park

My cold is still here. Though I could sleep relatively easy. When I woke, it was already 12pm…
It’s great to see the Gold Rush has started for Team GB!
Yesterday was Women’s rowing and Men’s cycling time trial (Bradley Wiggins, you are, a superstar), and today, It’s Gold & Silver for canoe!! Even though I am still feeling sh*t, seeing Team GB supporters breaking out in a euphoric roar certainly makes me feel much better. Bring it on, Team GB!!!!

Let’s get back to last Sunday at the Olympic Park.
From the entrance to the Basketball Arena was quite a trek. The building was so massive therefore it gave us a false sense of nearness. We walked, walked and walked…
Look at the arena! It stood in front of us like a colossal cliff of iceberg…

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Looks amazing, doesn’t it?
It is a great shame that the arena will be dismantled after the Olympics…

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About to enter the arena. I can’t believe that I am here to witness the real Olympic game…

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The venue was already heaving with the spectators. The excitement was palpable…

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The first half of the match, the game was a see-saw. Russian led a few point ahead of GB throughout…

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In the end, Russian proved to be better skilled than GB. Especially, Russia’s No 15, Andrey Kirilenko, his play was breathtaking. He passed, he dunked and he free threw… A great player.
GB fought very well though. I am sure that they will be a force to be reckoned with by the next Olympics…

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The next match was Lithuania vs Argentina.
I wished if my throat weren’t hurting so much. With much regret, we decided to head home.
Then, the next day, I learnt in the morning paper that a regrettable incident was caused by drunken Lithuanian supporters after we had left the arena. They were caught on camera while racially harassing a group of black stewards, making Nazi salutes.
We all must realize that the Olympians who compete for their countries are not the only representative of each nation but also us, spectators, are seen as an example of each nationality too.
Let’s not let down a fellow countryman by a careless behaviour, shall we?

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When we came out of the building, we were knocked out by a spectacularly beautiful exterior of the arena…

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The colour changed all the time. Otherworldly beautiful…

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Look at a huge grin on my face. I was so happy…

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The membranes were lit like this from the internal structures…

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We found much fewer people outside. And so relieved to see it was not raining…

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Looked back towards the Basketball Arena. It was glowing like an exquisite turkish delights…

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Heading to the park exist. In the distance, the Main Studium was radiating like a magical tiara…

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The group of soldiers who were pulled in to take over the security duty from the private contractors in the last minute. I hope they can see a few games in order to make up for their less than satisfactory accommodation arrangements during the games. Thank you, boys. We really appreciate your contributions…

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My favourite part of the Olympic Park. I hereby name you a “Mr.Blobby Pavement”…

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I expected a lot of walking at the park. So a pair of Flash Eley Kishimoto Converse was the footwear of my choice…

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We walked by the Aquatics Centre on the way to the exit.
The overhang was so spectacular. It reminded me a manta ray…

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The roof of the Water Polo Arena subtly changed its colour too. I was so glad that I could spend time in the Olympic Park after sun down. The illuminations were so spectacular. Like visiting Las Vegas…

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