The Olympics is over and I can’t stop thinking about it so I’m jumping on the bandwagon and blogging about it. Huzzah! They may have medals a plenty but I am handing out my own awards which I know each Olympian will treasure. Let’s take the stage and make it count or summat.
My favourite GB athlete: There were so many incredible performances it feels wrong not to be picking Ennis, Hoy, Pendleton, Brownlee, Trott or Wiggins but it has to be Mo Farah. I have been watching middle distance running for years and have marvelled at the likes of Haile Gebrselassie, Paul Tergat and Hicham El Guerrouj. I never thought I would see a British athlete demolish the field in an Olympic final with the power and authority Mo Farah displayed. Bloody love him.
Award for making me cry the most: Jess Ennis started it off with that emotional post-race interview before Mo Farah upped the stakes by bringing his heavily pregnant wife and adorable daughter on the track. Neither of them could compete in the blub stakes with our wonderful judo star, Gemma Gibbons. I was lucky enough to catch her matches live on TV and she had me choked from the moment she slammed her opponent down on the mat and pointed to the sky in triumph. I still struggle to watch her mouthing ‘I love you Mum’ without choking.
Bronze that felt like Gold award: There has been a fixation with winning gold during the games but I saw several incredible bronze medal winning performances from British athletes that felt just as good. It started with the Men’s gymnastics team nailing a routine that would have broken every bone in my body and ended with Tom Daley defying the pressure to twist and turn his way into the medals. My award goes to Becky Adlington who fought her way to two bronze medals but was made to feel inferior despite being our greatest ever swimmer. You go girl!
Celebration of the games: You would be hard pushed to beat the emotional reaction of Sally Pearson, Jade Jones or Robert Harting but my award has to go to the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls pair, Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking. Once they had got over their sheer disbelief at winning gold the first things on Kat’s mind was that they were going to be on a stamp. Priceless.
Favourite non-GB athlete: I know all the focus has been Bolt and Phelps but I have loved watching the Irish boxer, Katie Taylor. She boxed with great skill and passion and brought a nation to a standstill while they roared her to victory.
Too cool for school award: It’s Wiggo, we all know it’s Wiggo.
Award for not winning anything but still being fabulous: There have also been incredibly impressive performances from a number of athletes who didn’t trouble the medal rostrum. Zoe Smith is worth a mention for breaking a British weightlifting record as is Adam Gemili for his nerveless running in the 100m sprint. However the award has to go to Katrina Johnson-Thompson who was a joy to watch in the heptathlon. A real star of the future and also takes the award for my favourite Olympic Scouser 2012.
Superstar of the future: Laura Trott. I think everyone has worked this out and the BBC have been featuring her very heavily in their montages but she has it all. Only 20 years old so she could easily compete in another three Olympics and bring home a hatful of golds.
This may be my awards but there is space in the comments box for your nominations. Who did you love? Who did you boo? Why didn’t George Michael sing Club Tropicana? Why wouldn’t Wenlock just sod off?