You’ve probably noticed that the Olympics have started. We love them here and have the telly on in the background most of the day at the moment. We’ve watched cycling, judo, diving, swimming and gymnastics mainly, but have dipped in and out of a few other sports which have been shown, like archery, dressage, shooting, volleyball and rowing.
The question is – who should we support? Are our loyalties torn between England – where Chris, Benj and I were born; Ireland – where Caiti and Rors were born and where we lived for 14 years, or France, our present home? Not at all! We support all three countries, and occasionally others that take our fancy. Today I was rooting for the Mexican synchronized divers to do well and the Mongolian 73 kg judo guy, partly because I don’t suppose those countries will win many medals but also because they were kinda cute! (Don’t tell Chris!)
France are doing best out of our three countries so far with 2 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals as opposed to England’s silver and gold and Ireland’s, um, zero. France’s golds have come from the swimmers – the men’s 4x100m men’s medley relay (Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gillot, Clément Lefert and Yannick Agnel), and the women’s 400m freestyle (Camille Muffat). Silver is for women’s pistol (Céline Goberville) and the bronzes have been won by judoki Priscilla Gneto, Ugo Legrand (in the photo above) and Automne Pavia. That’s a brilliant for the Fédération Française de Judo, of which our Caiti and Rors are proud members.
China seem to be cleaning up most of the medals, but with 6 billion people to choose from, then I guess they may have a bit of an advantage! However, they’re starting to do well in sports that they haven’t been renowned for in the past, such as swimming, with their gold medal winners Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen. So come on England, France and Ireland – don’t let them win too many more!