One of the most incredible parts of attending the Olympics in London is the feeling of being surrounded by world cultures. I have met people from so many countries, including Poland, Holland, Germany, France and Brazil just to name a few. Although all Olympic spectators don’t necessarily share the same language, we all share the love of sport and pride for our countries. This cultural mix doesn’t just take place inside the Olympic Park. As you walk around London, you can spot people from numerous countries, sporting a flag, a bright outfit or painted faces. Inside Olympic Park, the amount of spectators from so many countries can be a bit overwhelming, but I love the feeling of being united with the world for the love of sport.
People are also willing to share their stories. They want to tell you where they are from, how long it took them to get to London and why they came. They want to express the pride they have in their country and show how much they support their home team. I don’t think this experience could happen anywhere but at the Olympics. It’s not always about winning and losing at the Olympics. Sometimes you don’t even get tickets to watch your country play, but you end up cheering for a country to win that you maybe know nothing about.
Here’s a photograph of some of the people you may run into at Olympic Park. This is taken with a view of the Olympic Stadium in the background on the Spotted Bridge.
Posted by olympian on August 6, 2012 | Filed under: Olympics.