Olympic memories

Forgive the departure from all things writing, I am indulging myself today with memories of one of the most fantastic weeks of my life.

Exactly one year ago today, Great Britain topped winning the Olympic team gold medal for dressage with individual gold and bronze in the freestyle competition.

And for one tiny fraction of a second, I knew this before the rest of the world!


Because I was one of the computer operators, sitting alongside the judges and inputing their scores as they gave them…

391454_10151133552091815_1498052378_n[1] That’s my great niece, Phoebe, pointing me out on the TV screen.

So here are some of those great memories, courtesy of friends in the crowd 🙂

Team Spain

Team Spain

Laura B - GB

Laura B – GB

My view, from inside the judge's box

My view, from inside the judge’s box

Carl Hester - team GB

Carl Hester – team GB

Getting back into our box after a break

Getting back into our box after a break

Team Spain

Team Spain

Charlotte and Valegro in action - team GB

Charlotte and Valegro in action – team GB

Concentrating hard

Concentrating hard – do you like the pink dog bag? Hiding my laptop from the sun 😉

Individual gold!

Individual gold!

Here we are, watching that medal ceremony - look for the red hair...!

Here we are, watching that medal ceremony – look for the red hair…!

And it's all over

And it’s all over

But, yay! We won!!!

But, yay! We won!!!


There goes our box…

And our dog bags - wonder what became of those

And our dog bags – wonder what became of those

You know when people glibly talk of a once in a lifetime opportunity – well this really was, and I enjoyed every bit of it!

Thank you for your patience – indulgence over, sigh…


  1. That’s what it is all about. Personal experiences, fun and memories


    1. Too right, Craig – something to treasure for the rest of our days 🙂


  2. […] being busy, so in between doing my usual computer operating as scorer for the judges (which I did at London 2012 – yay, time of my life), I attend my compulsory annual  judge training session, and do my […]


  3. Reblogged this on deborahjay and commented:

    Today I’m reblogging an old post of mine, bringing back wonderful memories of my involvement in the London 2012 Olympics.
    I’m still wearing some of the gear – the trousers and trainers are just fabulous!


  4. What a wonderful experience, Debby! I’m tickled pink to think I know someone who took part in the Olympics at any level, and got to see those beautiful animals (and the horses! 😀 ) in “person.” What a thrill! This is the first time I can remember that I’ve ever missed ANY of the Olympics, but I somehow managed to get the last 3 or 4 days swallowed up with work, and didn’t even see the gymnastics, which is my favorite thing in the summer games, just ahead of diving, and equestrian events. And in the winter, I’m glued to every single skating competition. Now, I’m making a note to myself to turn on the TV tomorrow, something I never, ever do in the day time, and very seldom at night. But you’ve inspired me. Thanks for sharing your memories.


    1. Well I hope you got to see the gymnastics today! Amazing to see what those girls can do with their bodies – and yet again, we have the same tastes – those are all my fav sports too 😀


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