London Olympics 2012 Ends. Olympics Medal Count Plus Spice Girls, The Gitz and Glamour.
This Olympics has been a very lovely site to behold, from Usain Bolt to Mo Farah, to Mexico winning the Men’s gold, many different things characterize these Olympics to ensure we wont forget it in a long time.
Even as Emeli Sandé kicked off the closing ceremony, rumours circulated about what the show would entail. Some of them seemed redolent of the spirit of wild optimism that the Olympics seem to have engendered in the UK.
Had the organisers convinced Kate Bush to perform live, 33 years after her last solo gigs? Was the heavily-pregnant Adele really going to appear, a performance that would have carried with it the possibility of the Olympics being concluded with the sight of a woman giving birth live onstage? And would Ed Sheeran be performing with a reformed Pink Floyd? He said yes, the former members of Pink Floyd said not and the former members of Pink Floyd turned out to be right: as with all the other rumours, it turned out to be false.
Thousands of athletes on Sunday night took the opportunity to party like mad, to a soundtrack supplied by top British artists.
The five-strong girl-band ‘The Spice Girls’ reformed for the evening and were seen whizzing around the stadium on the top of black London taxis, belting out one of their hits, reports Xinhua.
The most surreal moment of a truly mad evening was the appearance of Monty Python star Eric Idle singing ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ — often sung by defeated sports fans to cheer themselves up — complete with roller-skating nuns, morris dancers, dancing Roman centurions, frantic Indian Bhangra dancers and a kilted-bagpipe band.
A segment from the 2016 Olympic Games host city Rio de Janeiro showcased its rich blend of cultures and dance, and climaxed with the appearance of legendary footballer Pele.
In a final speech, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said: “Today sees the closing of a wonderful Games in a wonderful city. We lit the flame and we lit up the world, for the third time in its history London was granted the trust of the Olympic movement and once again we have shown ourselves worthy of that trust.”
To conclude the evening IOC President Rogge praised London’s spectators and the Olympic volunteers.
The show was indeed a great one.
This was the overall medal count