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Beijing Olympics 2008

Loughborough University's Beijing Blog

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Day One of competition

The first day of Olympic competition was our most exciting so far in Beijing. We visited the Team GB lodge in the morning, where one of our Alumni is working for the duration of the Games.

This evening we went to the first swimming session. Six Loughborough athletes were in action – Euan Dale, Dean Milwain and Dave Carry in individual events and Julia Beckett, Caitlin McClatchey and Mel Marshall as part of the women’s 4x100m Freestyle.

The Cube (the main aquatics venue) is amazing. It is dwarfed by the neighbouring ‘Birds Nest’ but it is a large building unlike any I’ve seen before. It is futuristic in appearance with patchwork design external walls which change colour at night.

As well as the Brits we saw USA’s Michael Phelps who set a new Olympic record in the 400m Individual Medley and Australian David Hackett who swam in the 400m Freestyle.

Getting a taxi back to our base took a while as the roads were heaving with locals who had come to look at the Olympic Park and take photos, but with a bit of car dodging we managed to cross the road and get a ride back to the hotel.
Loughborough University - Beijing 2008

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