Two incredible weeks of sport came to a close with a mammoth closing ceremony at Stratford’s Olympic Stadium. Nike’s 1948 invited Y&Y and I was the very lucky girl who got to attend the prestigious ceremony, with seats right at the front of the action…and that’s no exaggeration, we were front row! Accompanied by art director Rob Meyers (who snapped the shots in this post) and the Nike team, we watched live as London closed it’s greatest cultural achievement in a very long time.
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As most people have said over the past few weeks, once you step into the Olympic Park you find yourself immediately absorbed by the sense of grandeur. What I thought was going to be quite a crass space (and it is, in some sense, biggest McDonalds in the world, anyone?!) was instead rather beautiful. While I know football teams are battling for the stadium, I’m keen to see the surrounding grounds become space the whole community can access. After Rob and I geeked around the park for a while, we went to take our seats.
Chances are, you watched the games live or you’ve caught the highlights so I won’t give you a full recap of the three-hour spectacle (I tweeted my live review on Sunday on the Y&Y twitter), which featured performances from Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, The Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox, Fatboy Slim, Russell Brand, George Michael (who I affectionately moniker ‘Georgie’ – he’s clearly my homeboy), the legendary Queen (with a hologram of Freddie Mercury) and THE SPICE GIRLS!
I’ll casually trade in any cool points I’ve ever ever possessed to openly profess my love for the girl group. Watch their performance below:
The night’s second highlight for me was London’s official handover to Brazil, who will be hosting the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro.
Special thanks to London 1948!