A Look Back at the Olympic Games of 2012

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After two weeks of non-stop competitions, coverage, and anticipation, the 2012 Olympic Games at London have officially concluded.  There was definitely some mixed reviews of the closing ceremony, NBC coverage, and the overall quality of the event, but, nonetheless, it was a historic event that will not be forgotten.  I, personally, enjoyed watching the games, particularly my favorite events, such as swimming and gymnastics, and, while I wasn’t in love with the opening and closing ceremonies, I could definitely appreciate them.  I can respect the concept of the opening ceremony that highlighted the eras of London, while the closing ceremony won me over with the reunion of the Spice Girls.  I think both ceremonies did a good job in reminding the world of the many great things that have come from the U.K.  But I will definitely agree that both productions were more acquired tastes than anything else.

In terms of the games themselves, it’s nice to say that the U.S. saw a huge victory at the 2012 games with over 100 medals and 46 of them being gold.  Obviously, swimming brought in a nice chunk of medals through newcomer Missy Franklin, my personal favorite Nathan Adrian, and the powerhouse of Michael Phelps.  As the most decorated Olympian of all time, he is arguably the greatest Olympian in history and Phelps proved that if he’s showing up to the games, then he is going to give it his all.  Honestly, I was rooting for Phelps the whole time, being that he is a fellow DMV resident, and this time around I saw a very humble and gracious Phelps who was hard to not like.  Kudos to the entire U.S. swimming team!

I can’t forget the headline snatching gymnastics team.  Unfortunately, the much talked about U.S. men’s team didn’t fair too well, with the exception of Leyva’s bronze medal, but the women’s definitely made history during their competition.  It was very exciting and moving to see the Fab 5 gymnasts accepting their gold medals, while Gabby and Mckayla’s individual medals made the victory that much sweeter.  If only Aly Raisman would have placed in the all-around final, but you have to remember that everything happens for a reason, so you have to be grateful for what you got.

With that being said, I’m very happy to say that Puerto Rico won its first Olympic medals at the London games.  The first came thanks to hurdler Javier Culson, who won a bronze in name of La Isla del Encanto.  The second medal was won by wrestler Jaime Yusept Espinal, earning a silver in his event.  These two medals may seem miniscule compared to the United States’ 104, but, for all the boricuas out there, we couldn’t be more proud!

All in all, the London games had its glitches, but what event doesn’t?  Sure, I wish that some athletes had won or even competed for that matter, but I think that the U.S. and Puerto Rican athletes did plenty to earn the respect of their countries.  A big congrats goes to all the winners.  I definitely enjoyed these games and I am already getting excited for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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