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The Olympics are Over

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The closing ceremony was yesterday. I look around and no one (fashion bloggers, at least) has really given it the sentimentality it truly deserves. It’s almost like the Olympics didn’t exist or weren’t real. Well I decided to give it its proper farewell. It is probably the best Olympics that we won’t see for a very long time. China spent an estimated $40 billion on the Games. No one’s going to come close to that figure, especially London. While on the topic, they managed to paint London completely corny, from the double-decker bus, to the horrific dance routine at the bus stop, to Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page, and then finally to David Beckham. Beijing passed the torch to London and they embarrassed themselves to the sheer magnificence of China. But these Olympics are not about how London failed to deliver a great first impression. These Olympic games were about truly Olympic moments. There’s too many to mention: Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Nastia Liukin, the Redeem Team. Who knows when we’ll ever see an elite gathering of talented athletes again? We won’t know until it happens, but this is a toast to a world event that inspired the world’s best and everyone watching to discover what the human body is capable of with heart and determination. I consider myself lucky to catch glimpses of it through the other end of my house’s janky 1980’s televsion screen.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted August 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, that’s true that not a lot fashion bloggers have wrote about the Olympics, myself included. To me, this Olympics has been so touchy and there are so many complexities to it that I just don’t know where to start. I loved watching it and think that the Olympics are an amazing event that really brings the world’s focus to one place. But there are so many things going on behind the scenes and outside of Beijing that make me sad. I’ve read some articles about the people in China suffering because of the Olympics and you don’t see that being talked about on NBC, they only show you the good. Post-Olympics, it’ll be really interesting to see how China evolves!

  2. Posted August 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    im all torn up inside. all torn up.

    it is a great beast…that i will miss. and my blog makes that clear.

  3. iciwici
    Posted August 25, 2008 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    that was amazing. this year is a good year (olympics, historical elections, o my)

  4. Janelle
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    iono, i felt that the portrayal of london is pretty accurate. from the style of clothing to using the bus etc etc. i mean they couldve done with out david beckham. I’m from the California but I study at Londons Central Saint Martins and i have to say… the look at the closing olympics was very well… artistically british.

  5. casanovaruffin
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I think my biggest gripe was the dance routine. I think they should have made it more theatrical and less like LBDC: London’s Best Dance Crew. The mics were too low for Leona Lewis. The double-decker bus was cool, maybe a little bit obvious, and the clothing was indeed on point. All of it just wasn’t up to par compared to China. China had Memory Tower (which I can’t even do justice to with less than 8 sentences) , Flying People, and Jackie Chan. China had people floating in the air and Londonfolk were dancing at a bus stop hoping to get noticed. I know it’s unfair to compare the two, especially on China’s home turf. But I really wanted to be excited for 2012 after what Beijing showed us.


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