This time last year it was the Olympics in London and I watched as much events as I could, I really loved it, you can imagine. In 2008 with Beijing it was the same but maybe more intensive cause I’ve found many disciplines and sportsmen (more than sportswomen :3 ) that impressed me. But now I mainly want to focus on swimming.
In Beijing I started supporting Michael Phelps. You know. For someone who’s not interested in swimming and see in the TV or on the internet that someone Michael Phleps is going to break a record in the number of won gold medals .. that was the most interesting thing. I didn’t know any other swimmer so it was supposed to be like that.
So I was really looking forward to the Olympics in London, moreover when I had been there a year before (2011) and had had a chance to feel the atmosphere of upcoming OG. But I wished Michael would be great again and there was another record in his sight. He wasn’t so dominant but I didn’t mind, he proved how big he was. Anyway .. I discovered so many other swimmers, started supporting them and also started loving swimming. I enjoyed the Olympic time with swimming so much and was nearly about to cry when it ended. But I was full of hopes that next year it would be World Championship in Barcelona so I’ll be able to see them again.
It’s difficult for me to follow swimming for all the year, I’m too busy with all these sports I follow but I’m trying to keep in touch with what’s happening through twitter where I follow my favorites. So I was looking forward to this year’s WCH so much to support them.
Yes, it was so amazing! I loved every second I watched. What would I pick up?
Chad Le Clos. He did what I was hoping for but couldn’t imagine. He won 200 m and also 100 m butterfly. I’m so proud of him, because it’s nothing easy. But he’s such a nice guy who deserves that success like no one else.
Ryan Lochte is a big name. In every sense. He didn’t have such good beginning of the Worlds’ but he could score 4 medals, three golds and one silver.
Nathan Adrian was my big gun and I really thought he’d win the 100 m freestyle but he finished third. It proves how demanding that race is.
All American team. It would be very hard to tell about everyone, I like them all in general, men and women.
Dániel Gyurta. I didn’t think I was his fan but now I think I am. I hadn’t follow him but I remembered him from London where he won a gold medal from 200 m breaststroke in world record. I also remembered and will remember forever what he did last year when Alexander Dale Oen died. I have a feeling they were good friends and it hurt him so much. He got my heart with the gesture that he gave a replica of his olympic gold medal to Alex’s family as a tribute to him. In this case I realized how much I missed Alex there. He was such a great swimmer, a World Champion from Shanghai where he won 100 m breastroke after these attacks in Oslo and Utøya. I will never forget that moment when he stood on the podium and the anthem way playing. It’s not fair …
Then I have to mention the last men’s relay, medley realy, where USA were disqualified. I still can’t get over. All guys – Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian swam perfectly and no one would have deserved it more than them. But Kevin jumped to the pool earlier than he should have done. That disqualification hurt me so much but life goes on, they’ll be even more hungry and better next time, I know that.
Despite these my observations there were many other impressive events, performances and world records. I’m also pleased with the results of our Czech competitors, of course. Simona Baumrtová got to the final twice and scored sixth place on 200 m breaststroke (I guess) which is great.
So I couldn’t express how much happy I was when I saw my idols on the screen of my computer (as I watch it streamed) and now I can’t stand I must wait for two years to see them again! Yes, next year it will be European Championship in Berlin but .. you know. My non-European guns won’t be there.