Crowds packed along the pavements to see the Women’s Olympic
20k Walk today.I stopped to do a quick
sketch with Buckingham Palace in the background.A Russian supporter in front of me, had what
I assumed, was a flag on a stick in his hand.Suddenly he pulled out the ‘stick’ to reveal a telescopic fishing rod sending
a Russian flag high into the air above the crowds.
It seemed to do the trick.
Elena Lashmanova (Russia) took the Gold Medal in a World Record time,
with Olga Kaniskina (Russia) taking the Silver.
As part of the London 2012 Festival, the Royal Opera House is hosting an exhibition in conjunction with the Olympic Museum. The exhibition briefly explains the history of the games and includes medals, torches and artefacts from famous Olympic athletes.
You are escorted round in groups, so I had very little time
to sketch, but managed to make a few line drawings.I added some coloured watercolour pencil
later to try and show the lighting effects used to show off the exhibits.
The most poignant part of the exhibition is the collection
of items from the Olympic athletes, including Sir Steve Redgrave’s rowing
outfit and Kelly Holmes’ running vest.I
made a quick sketch of one of Jesse Owens shoes which he wore for the Long Jump
final in Berlin 1936.It was a very
moving experience – it was just a shoe – but what a story, with so much history and
‘The Olympic Journey – The Story of the Games’ runs until
Sunday 12th August at the Royal Opera House, London.
Today sees the Women’s Olympic Triathlon take place in Hyde
Before the 43km cycle and the 10km
run, the athletes will swim a lap of 1500m around the Serpentine, the large
lake in the park, usually the home to ducks, geese, the odd swan and would-be