Top Experience: London Olympic Games

At the Olympic stadium awaiting an Athletics final!

At the Olympic stadium awaiting an Athletics final!

It’s got to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a city that holds the Olympic Games. I was lucky enough to have this opportunity back in 2012.

With the UK ballots it wasn’t exactly an easy task getting tickets, but I managed to see NZ in the rowing and Valerie Adams in the Shot Put final at the Athletics stadium. Plus wheelchair basketball in the Paralympics.

Coxless Pair: Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown London 2012 Olympic Games

Coxless Pair: Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown London 2012 Olympic Games

London Paralympics: Wheelchair Basketball

London Paralympics: Wheelchair Basketball

London Paralympics: Wheelchair Basketball

London Paralympics: Wheelchair Basketball

Just to make sure I saw plenty of Olympic venues and sports I also checked out the ‘London Prepares’ Gymnastics and Diving test events. It was pretty awesome.

London Prepares - Diving Venue

London Prepares – Diving Venue

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics - Group Ribbon

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics – Group Ribbon

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics - Group Ball

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics – Group Ball

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics - Group Ball

London Prepares Rhythmic Gymnastics – Group Ball

While the Prepares Series was awesome, nothing quite compared to being in the stadium for the Athletics finals of the Olympic Games and seeing two days of rowing at Eton Dorney when NZ was racing – it was epic.

London Olympics Shot Put Final - Valerie Adams

London Olympics 2012 Shot Put Final – Valerie Adams

Mens Four, Eton Dorney. London Olympics 2012

Mens Four, Eton Dorney. London Olympics 2012

Mens Eight - London Olympics 2012

Mens Eight – London Olympics 2012

Mens Double Sculls, London Olympics 2012

Mens Double Sculls, London Olympics 2012

Then just to top it off, for my love of rowing (ex. coxswain) I got to meet the NZ Olympic Rowers at Kiwi House in London one day!

Kiwi House meet and greet - me with Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Kiwi House meet and greet – me with Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan

Giants Eric Murray and Hamish Bond and little me at Kiwi House, 2012

Giants Eric Murray and Hamish Bond and little me at Kiwi House, 2012

Mahe Drydale and me at Kiwi House

Mahe Drydale and me at Kiwi House

The Gold Medals of London 2012

The Gold Medals of London 2012

I was blown away by the buzz of the Olympic Games. I’d love the chance to see another in the future or even the Winter Olympics one day!

As for Rio, I wish the Kiwi’s the best of luck and hope everyone in Rio travels safe!

For more videos from the London Prepares Series, check out my London Prepares YouTube Playlist here »

This was one of my Top 30 Travel Experiences before I turn 30 – for more of my experiences so far check out the Greatest Experiences page here »

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