The Tokyo Olympics has me feeling very nostalgic.
Sydney Olympic Games 2000
21 years ago Sydney hosted arguably the best Olympic Games the world has ever seen. My sons were aged 6 and 9 in 2000. We’re not normally sports fans, but the atmosphere and fun around hosting this event turned us into fans of sports such as swimming, athletics and even wrestling.
Who could forget that iconic moment when Cathy Freeman won the 400m sprint in her full body suit? Watching it still brings a tear to my eye. Our National pride was at an all-time high as we cheered on our sporting heroes.
Attending Olympic Games Events
We lived in the Gold Coast and couldn’t afford to take our sons to Sydney. We were keen to experience some of the Olympic spirit, and were lucky enough to win tickets to two soccer games in Brisbane. It didn’t matter who was playing – we just wanted to experience it. That is how we ended up being in the audience of very rowdy soccer fans – especially the Brazilians!
We watched every minute of the Games on TV, and joined the crowds to see the torch relay when it passed through the Gold Coast. Some of you may remember the comedians Roy and HG – their TV show was an hilarious send-up of the Games. My sons videoed themselves doing a send-up of the show which was so cute and funny.
Brisbane Olympics 2032
I was so excited to hear that Brisbane will host the Games in 2032. We held the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast a couple of years ago. My husband and I went to the opening ceremony, and my son and I went to watch the lawn bowls. I think the Olympics will be our chance to showcase Southeast Queensland to the world, and will bring many benefits to our cities.
Memories of Our Holiday to Japan
Watching the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics triggered memories of our holiday to Japan. We visited in September 2019 while the country was preparing for the Games. Some of the special effects in the opening ceremony were reminiscent of some of the unique places in Japan. There was one part in particular that may have been designed by the same company behind the Digital Art Museum in Tokyo.
Japan is a beautiful country, one which I hope to return to one day. They have the perfect combination of history and culture, and modern technology. We spent three weeks there, traveling only on public transport and shopping in local markets. The language barrier was the only problem we encountered and I blame myself for not learning at least basic Japanese.
I am disappointed for the Japanese people, that they won’t get the benefit of hosting large crowds. I doubt if it will be economically beneficial because they aren’t able to have a boost from ticket sales and tourism. Such a shame considering all the preparation they put into it.
How About You?
Do you have any memories of the Olympics? Maybe your city/country hosted it? Have you visited Japan? I would love to hear your thoughts.