Rio 2016

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 03:10 pm
tourmaline: (olympics)
I managed to stay up until almost 3am last night, to the end of the athlete's parade. I'd TiVo'd the opening ceremony but having seen highlights of what I missed I don't think I'm going to be watching it. Hazel Irvine did the same Ouagadougou joke as she did during the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Have been watching some of the live coverage today - cycling, with the men's road race, which I stuck with for so long because Rio is absolutely beautiful. Much of the cycling was along a coastal road, with plenty of views of a lush blue sea, wonderful waves crashing on the beach. I'm now watching the rowing, the Serbian men's pair fell in the water but they must be rescued by now because it's the women's double sculls with Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley, Grainger in her fifth Olympics.
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Sadly not of Hugh... but happily of Hugh's father, WRGM "Ran" Laurie, one of Britain's greatest rowers. A triple Cambridge Blue in the 1930s, Laurie went on to win a Gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in the coxless pairs event, rowing with JHT Wilson, who rows here with him in the Cambridge boat in 1935 and 1936.

Cambridge Crew at Mortlake, 1935

1935 Boat Race

1936 Cambridge Boat Race Crew in Training

Last-minute Practice, 1936

You can see from the first item where Hugh inherited his dimples from :)

Super Saturday

Saturday, August 16th, 2008 02:56 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (olympics watercolour)
Now, let's see if I can remember them all....

Gold - Swimming - Rebecca Adlington, 800m freestyle

Gold - Rowing - Men's coxless four

Gold - Cycling - Bradley Wiggins, individual pursuit

Gold - Cycling - Chris Hoy, keirin

Silver - Cycling - Ross Edgar, keirin

Bronze - Cycling - Steven Burke, individual pursuit

Bronze - Rowing - Men's double sculls

Bronze - Rowing - Women's double sculls

Yep, that's it for today. Sailing has been postponed until tomorrow due to an absence of wind, but we're guaranteed medals in the Finn and the Yngling. Also, tomorrow's women's pursuit in the cycling is an all-British affair, so another gold and silver to come. One of the riders is Rebecca Romero, who won silver in Athens as part of the rowing quad sculls.

I got the blues

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 08:11 pm
tourmaline: (ISS)
I got fed up of the layout of my LJ - too many clicks to get to my profile etc. So I changed it again, then spent ages customising the colours. Hope you like - this kind of look was on my shortlist when I went pink.

Almost 18 months after writing my entry on Ran Laurie for Wikipedia, I've now written one for his rowing partner, Jack Wilson. I was looking at the Beijing 2008 website yesterday, and got into their report of the 1948 London Games, and it grew from there and I managed to get some info on him. And I found another academic journal I'm looking forward to delving into - the Journal of Olympic History.