Went to the European Athletics Championships this weekend...
by ewillND (2022-08-22 13:09:43)
Edited on 2022-08-22 13:10:45

I had tickets for Friday night, and on a whim we bought two of the last few remaining tickets last night. Friday was fun, but last night was one of the most fun sporting events I have been to in years. If nothing else, a big track meet in the 1972 Olympic Stadium was pretty epic.

Just a few highlights:

Karsten Warholm won the mens' 400H on Friday, as expected. He made it look easy.

Mujinga Kambudji from Switzerland upset Dina Asher-Smith to win the women's 200 meter final (after winning the silver in the 100m), then came back on Sunday and took bronze in the 100m hurdles. The Swiss fans went nuts.

Laura Muir won the 1500m, as usual.

The Nations Cup came down to the final two events of the meet, the mens' and womens' 4x100 relays. If GB won both, they would take the Cup.

So, as expected, they won Gold in the mens' race, and set a Championships Record in doing so. The final event was the women's race--Friday night, GB took Gold, Silver, and 4th place in the 200m.

Team GB...fumbled the first exchange and DNF'd. All Germany needed to do was finish the race clean. Which they did. And won gold.

A full Olympiastadion went totally nuts over a track meet. Man, was it fun.

On another note...that, kids, is why we are working on handoffs at track practice.

It’s notable how prevalent baton-passing challenges are ….
by fortune_smith  (2022-08-31 01:21:06)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

More broadly, elite track-&-field meets are incredible entertainment.

The athletes inspire, the breadth of events ensures near-constant action, and the meets operate with efficiency mirroring Swiss train schedules.

Glad you enjoyed, and thank you for the recap! (Too bad the Americans weren’t there to steal the show!)

Thanks for the report. Track meets can be fun, if the meet
by MPG  (2022-08-24 16:50:24)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

managers keep the events flowing. Was there any commemoration of the attack on the Israeli Olympians fifty years ago?

Sorry for the late reply. Briefly--yes...
by ewillND  (2022-09-04 14:08:52)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

First, there is a permanent memorial to the victims of the attack at Olympiapark, and I know that it is well-visited. I was there last week with a number of other people.

This year has been a long, ongoing celebration and remembrance of the 50 year anniversary of the Games. That has included recognizing some of the positive (the "Roofs Festival" and the "Superbloom" Music Festival, which have recognized innovations in architecture and diversity of events), as well as ceremonies like the one that will take place tomorrow, when families of the victims have been invited back to commemorate the 50th anniversary on the date.

Is it perfect? No, of course not. And there is a lot of discussion going on right now as to what is appropriate in terms of commemoration. But it isn't being ignored.