|Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim decided to
share the gold medal in the men's high jump in the Tokyo Olympic Games|
|Tamberi (on left) congratulating his ountryman, Lamont Marcell Jacobs on his 100m Gold Medal wub|
Watching the Olympic Games much shouting went on around here...by
me. My voice is only now getting back to normal, as are my neighbours’ ears. I discovered I could hold my breath for ages
without expiring. So much excitement! It will take a month of Sundays and a year of
Saturdays for me to recover.
The fearless skateboarders grabbed my attention, and
held it. I’m going to drain my neighbours’
fish ponds, with the intention of using them, the emptied ponds, not my neighbours, to hone my skills in readiness for
Paris...a gold medal awaits!
too. I’ve a good chance there, as well, if only I could find my bike...and get on it!
Oh! Boy! Having
had lots of practice through the years, I cleared some hurdles.
Diving into the deep end as I waited for the gymnastics
to begin stopped me from climbing the wall. I jumped through hoops, but got tangled. To top
it off, the ribbons strangled me. I needed balls to finish off the rhythmic gymnastics.
The floor events did me in even though I’m
a good tumbler. It took me forever to get back up off the floor. On the uneven bars I performed well, which wasn’t
surprising, I suppose. Although, it has
been a number of years since I sat at a bar, even or uneven, even.
There were many magical moments during the Olympics.
The respect shown between the competitors was inspirational. All who participated deserve medals. In my opinion, there were no losers. Each and every one who competed is a winner. Going
from strength to strength, the competitors, in every event, proved dreams can
come true. The senses of self-belief,
self-worth and respect for others – the camaraderie - shown throughout the
Olympics give one hope people everywhere, not only within our own fair shores,
can become better persons; that greed in all its forms, and envy, the most
destructive and ugliest of traits, no longer exist.
So a few “f-bombs” and “s-bombs” were dropped, who cares?
I’d be a hypocrite if I complained about
the exuberant utterances. I exuberantly utter such utterances often....
A lasting vision, which will be shown over and over
again, one which will never become boring or repetitious...is Dean Boxall’s untethered
reaction to Ariarne Titmus’ first gold medal.
Arnie winning her sought-after gold, and her coach’s unrestrained,
spontaneous celebration were, I believe, how the rest of we Aussies were
feeling when we witnessed her achievement. For me a similar feeling continued throughout the
Never one to shy away from the truth, I’m a sook...a
big sook. I shed many tears of pure joy
and pride as I watched the Olympians.
How could one not get misty-eyed when the high
jumpers, Italy’s Tamberi and Qatar’s Barshim, shared the gold medal? It was a sight to behold; sportsmanship at its
best. Topping it off was Tamberi’s reaction when his fellow countryman, Lamont Marcell
Jacobs, won gold in the men’s 100 metres final. Jacobs’s win created history
by earning Italy its first ever gold medal in the event. It was the first time
since 2004 someone who isn’t Usain Bolt has won the title. Yep! Once again my
The spirit of the Games was tangible.
As a keen spectator via my TV, so much fun was had by
me while watching the breathtaking efforts of those who participated in the
various, heart-stopping events.
The spirit of the Games was tangible. The Olympics were a welcome relief from the myriad
troubles of today’s world...a welcome reprieve from the abounding confusion,
hypocrisy, and contradictions thrown at us day after day, hour after hour. The Games were what reality TV should be at
all times...not that other stuff!!
It was two weeks of laughter, cheers and tears...no jeers.
Will I be watching the Paralympics? Too right I will.
Will my tears flow once more, too right they
will! I don’t have nerves of steel...mine are as soft as marshmallows
the words of David Bowie; “We can be heroes...”
It shouldn’t be an impossible dream. Imagine what a wonderful world it would
be if it were possible. Freddie said it well...”We are the champions!” Worthy goals
for each one of us, not only the Olympians, to strive for.....
Marshmallow Pie: Combine 1½c crumbed granita or marie biscuits, 1/3c
white sugar and 6tbs melted butter. Press into base and sides of buttered 9-inch
pie pan. Chill. Beat 2c cream until soft peaks form. Melt 300g mini marshmallows
in pan over low heat with 1/4c milk. Cool; then mix in whipped cream. Spoon into pie crust; top with biscuit crumbs;
chill at least 4hrs. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.
Marshmallow Bars: Grease and line a 6cm deep 22cm square brownie tin
with baking paper. Blitz 250g granitas to crumbs. Add
199g melted butter; mix well; press into base of pan. Using heavy based saucepan
over very low heat, dissolve 300g white sugar into 1/3c water while gently
stirring. Use a pastry brush with a little water to rid pan sides of any sugar.
Stop stirring when sugar dissolves; turn heat up to med-low; bring to slow boil.
Boil 10-15mins until syrup turns a deep amber colour. Add 113g unsalted butter;
stir until melted; add 1/2c thickened cream; stir well. Bring caramel back to boil,
about 6-7mins; stir often until mixture thickens and is a dark golden brown
colour. Drizzle a little caramel over biscuit base; place 280g vanilla
marshmallows (if using large, cut in half) over top, pressing them quite close
together. Pour remaining caramel over top allowing it to drizzle down into the
gaps. Chill for at least half an hour before proceeding. Topping: Melt 300g milk chocolate in 30sec increments;
stir well between each burst until just melted; pour melted chocolate over top;
spread evenly; chill until set.