Despite packing in as much as possible, this unforgetable week went by faster than Usain Bolt with a tailwind. It was an experience I will never forget, capped off by a perfect final day to close out the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The last Sunday of the Olympics always features the Men's Marathon and much like the triathlon, I had been looking forward to a front row seat for quite some time. I arrived plenty early and secured a spot across from the USA feeding station - it was amazing to see them set this up, first with tables and coolers in each country's slot, then refrigerated trucks drive by and drop off each country's bottles to put in the cooler and finally the coaches/crew arrive to perform the final set up.
As the race unfolded, Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda pulled ahead with 3 miles to go and held off the two Kenyans to capture only the country's second Olympic gold medal in history. It was a rough day for the Americans as Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman both pulled out early due to injury, but 2004 silver medalist Meb Keflezighi hung tough and clawed his way from the middle of the pack to finish an astonishing 4th place overall.
That was how the day began, but the Closing Ceremony was one of the greatest shows I will probably ever see. I can't begin to fathom what it took to put together this massive theatrical rock concert, let alone the entire Olympic Games here in London. It certainly is the biggest undertaking for a sporting event to host the Olympics that takes about 7 years to pull together, from constructing brand new venues and transportation improvements to the 10,000 volunteers, it continues to blow my mind.
The unfortunate part is it lasts only two weeks.
Here are some images from the night, a truly memorable experience:
Until Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, cheers and thank you London!