Comment: Getting swept up in Olympic fever

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I have officially been swept up in Olympic fever.

I knew hosting the Games this year would be special and that I would get excited about it – I just didn’t fully understand to what extent.

But every turn of the wheel in the Velodrome, every point won in the tennis and every stroke of an oar has had me gripped.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get tickets to any events. But I did go to Hyde Park this week to a BT London Live event and the atmosphere was incredible.

Already buoyed by the success of so many of our athletes – including a glorious gold for Milton Keynes’ own Greg Rutherford – we were ready for more opportunities to sing our national anthem.

I really wasn’t too sure what to expect during the day but with the sun shining and the gold rush seemingly non-stop I was still buzzing. Barely had we found a seat than the jump-off for the showjumping had started.

Again, I wasn’t expecting to get so involved in it but apparently I was reliably informed by my girlfriend that I was cheering the loudest during an event I usually wouldn’t be interested in.

But as Peter Charles took to the arena knowing a clear round would win the team the gold I found myself transfixed, willing him and his horse over each fence.

And when he touched down at the end after that sought after clear round we, along with hundreds of other people, roared our approval.

It is just a wonderful feeling seeing British athletes performing so well in their home Olympics and the tension of the final round

By the time the team had been presented with their medals we had barely any time to come down before Beth Tweddle started her routine – finishing with a magnificent Bronze.

Throughout the day we chatted with people from various countries, and watched people trying a number of sports.

It seemed everyone was enjoying the spirit of the Games, exactly what many on the organising committee would have prayed for when the decision on a host city was made seven years ago.

Any disappointment I may have had about not getting tickets to an event for the actual games were swept away this weekend and I would advise anyone with a similar problem

to get along to a London Live event.

We got to watch some amazing events in a packed crowd and throughout the day gold medal winners from the men’s team pursuit Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke, silver medal winning tennis player Laura Robson and the history making men’s gymnasts were paraded on stage.

If you can’t get to one of the stadia, get to a live event. Just like our athletes it won’t disappoint you.