Olympics 2012, in the Eyes of James Bond
After the world-class opening ceremony, the Olympics 2012 have progressed along the same lines as a Bond movie (no wonder 007 had a role to play as well).
There were thrills galore, doping cases, sensational wins, repeat winners, record-breakers, a Blade Runner, Dream Teams and a bolting sensation, among others.
Just like the name of his new movie, James Bond did a staged "Skyfall" along with the Queen look-alike to bring in the regal touch to the ceremony.
The Games itself was no less interesting than a Bond movie—in fact, there were many sportspersons who would have made Bond proud.
Let us look at the stars over the last two weeks who have enthralled all the fans around the world in the eyes of a James Bond fan!
From Russia with Love
Russia had not won a gold medal in Olympic gymnastics for twelve years. That is, until Aliya Mustafina.
Though Mustafina won a bronze medal first, it was not enough to satisfy the athlete in her.
She went on to win the gold medal in the uneven bars final, emulating the bronze medal her father won in the Montreal Olympics.
At the age of 17, Mustafina completed the games with a haul of one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
The Man with the Golden Gun
Jin Jongoh can be called the Man with the Golden Gun, because of his exploits in the shooting range.
Jin had won one gold and two silvers coming into the 2012 Olympics.
In London, Jin improved his record to win golds in both the events he entered—10-metre air pistol and 50-metre pistol.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Chris Hoy is now known as the most successful British Olympian, after winning two golds at the London Olympics.
Hoy claimed three gold medals in the cycling events in Beijing 2008 to become the most successful medalist in one edition of the Olympics.
In London, Chris won the team sprint as well as the Keirin event to go past Steve Redgrave as the best British Olympian.
You Only Live Twice
China's Super Dan has won everything of note in the world of badminton.
Lin Dan defended his singles title in the Olympics without any trouble (except the finals against his opponent Lee Chong Wei) throughout the event.
After having won the gold in Beijing, there was doubt whether Dan would defeat his opponents this time around—but he could not be denied.
Dan led the Chinese team to a complete sweep in the badminton event, winning all the five golds on offer.
Ki Bo Bae from South Korea has won a number of gold medals in archery competitions around the world.
Whether it was the World Cup or the World Championships, Ki had won all of them.
At London 2012, her sharp eyesight once again helped her win golds at the individual as well as the team event.
The World Is Not Enough
Ye Shiwen, in her 400-metre individual medley event in London 2012 showed that the world is not (good) enough to compete with her.
Though question marks were raised by commentators about the validity of her win (with a world record to boot), there was no doubt that Ye had dominated the swimming event like no one had done before.
The women's football team from USA won its third gold in a row, after defeating Japan 2-1.
The American team has made a habit of winning golds in football in every Olympics—making the event appear like a casino for their opponents.
There was no doubt about their supremacy throughout the tournament, as they decimated each opponent on the way to the gold.
Tomorrow Never Dies
After winning silvers at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, Allyson Felix knew that her dream of winning the gold was still alive.
True enough, Felix won the gold in the 200-metre dash at London, finally completing her longtime dream.
She completed a double in the 4x100-metre relay with her team, to make it a memorable outing in 2012.
Diamonds Are Forever
Being the world record holder in decathlon as well as heptathlon, Ashton Eaton was expected to roll past his opponents in the Olympics.
Accordingly, the champ showed that he was miles ahead of most of his opponents (though his teammate Hardey gave him a good fight) in the decathlon event in London.
In fact, Usain Bolt mentioned that Eaton was the "greatest athlete to live", considering the different events he had to compete in.
Oscar Pistorius made the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) change its rules to help him participate in events with normal athletes.
Though his performance was not medal-winning, his participation in the Olympics was enough to heighten the aspirations of fellow amputees.
Awesome is the word to explain the impact of Pistorius in the (dis)abled world.
License to Kill
Missy Franklin was a clear favourite in the events in which she participated in the London 2012 Olympics, with everyone expecting her to kill the opposition in the water.
With gold medals in the 2011 and 2010 World Championships, Franklin was the front-runner to win all the golds in her events.
Though she could achieve only a bronze medal in the 100-metre freestyle event, Missy grabbed the headlines by bagging four gold medals.
The Living Daylights
David Rudisha had scared the daylights of his competition in the 800-metre event even before the Olympics started.
Being the current world champion, nobody doubted Rudisha's ability to win the gold in this Olympics.
His timings in the event are a delight to watch, for he has the three fastest times and many more in the all-time top-20 timings.
22 medals in the Olympics, 18 of which are golds. Eight golds in one edition of the Olympics (Beijing).
Phelps is arguably the greatest sportsman in the history of the Olympics, thanks to his exploits in the swimming pool.
The amount of literature that explains the exploits of Phelps is not enough to describe the greatness of the legend.
His rivalry with Lochte (who himself has won seven Olympic medals) was well-documented before the Olympics, but Phelps showed the world that he was way ahead in terms of achievements in the pool.
For Your Eyes Only
Usain Bolt became the first man to win two golds (in the 100- and 200-metres) in two consecutive Olympics.
There was the stray thought that came to everyone's minds that maybe Yohan Blake might beat him, but Bolt ensured that he defeated his rivals with enough to spare.
It was a delight to watch not only his exploits on the track, but also his celebrations after his wins.
Really a delight to watch in the international arena, Bolt is a true champion in all aspects—made for our eyes only!
A View to Kill
The Dream Team was assembled by the Americans with a view to kill all opposition in the basketball competition.
The legacy is carried forward every Olympics, thanks to the participation of legends from the world-famous NBA.
The presence of greats like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant has ensured that the gold medal in the basketball event will be retained by USA.
As long as the players are attracted by the quadrennial event as a golden chance to represent their country, the Dream Team will continue to reign at the Olympics!