Friday, July 27, 2012

London Olympics Start Today

Tonight, the Olympic flame will be lit and the XXX Olympic Summer Games will officially begin, though some of the competitions have already started. And tonight's opening ceremony is one of the topics David talks about in the clip above. Here's what he says in it.

He's happy to be in London, together with the other guys, training. And the weather is very nice as well, something they're not used to in London
Asked about Wimbledon in its new Olympic guise, David thinks it's very strange. Also to see Wimbledon not working at its full capacity, with some parts of it shut off. But the courts are in a very good state. The colour (purple) is strange but it doesn't bother him, as that's simply down to the different rules and that it's a different event.
All the best players are going to be there, there are plenty of points at stake, and you're representing your country, something that everybody likes. It's a totally different kind of competition.
It's going to be very tough draw, like at a Masters event, with the 64-player field. You have to go match by match. Each round will be tough and you have to approach each day as if you're playing a final.
Asked about the opening ceremony, David says that those he saw in the past were spectacular. He doesn't know what's going to happen in this one but he thinks it's going to be great. As for special memories from the opening ceremonies he attended in the past, he says it's most of all getting together with all the other athletes that's special for him, especially at Beijing, where everybody was jumping around and singing.

This video was shot on Wednesday, David's first day at Wimbledon, ahead of yesterday's draw ceremony. And also ahead of David, finding out that he'll have to play both of his first-round matches tomorrow. Still, I can't imagine that he'll let this keep him from attending the opening ceremony tonight. And perhaps, with a bit of luck, we'll get to spot him when the Argentine athletes enter the stadium.
The opening ceremony starts at 9pm London time.

(AP Photo)

33 comments:

  1. David seems to enjoy his stay in London so far, let's hope he can surprise us for his 1st match tomorrow :)
    I'll watch the opening ceremony with attention, Julia I hope you won't need a big arrow to show us David and the other tennis players tonight lol

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  2. Yeah, I think he's having a good time. :)
    And yep, we'll keep an eye on the Argentine athletes when they come into the stadium. ;)

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  3. I will record the opening ceremony in HD, so that i make sure i spot him, here is a piece of advice, search for Del Porto and try finding David next to him lol

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  4. Well, if we don't get to see David at all then it's because he has decided to be reasonable and go to bed early. Though as I've said, I'd be surprised if he did.

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  5. He will be there hehe

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  6. Hey Noubar, are you in Damascus or Aleppo? My advice to you, leave the country and join your parents in Beirut. It's not safe anymore. I'm originally from Beirut and I know how it feels. You parents are going crazy thinking about you.
    Good luck to David and his team.

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  7. good idea Noubar, we'll try to spot Del Potro! lol
    It's too much to ask to David to let him sleep alone at the Olympic Village while everyone else will wear Argentine uniform and have fun hehehe

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  8. hey guys have you seen this ad made by Topper for David? some kind words "nuestro Rey" :D
    they should've chosen another photo of him though :( lol
    http://ow.ly/i/NSF3

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  9. It says "London is getting ready to welcome our king".
    And yeah, the photo is a bit unfortunate... lol

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  10. Pico just tweeted this: Se viene la ceremonia ¡¡¡Vamos Argentina apoyemos a nuestros deportistas!!! #COMANDOPICO https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151005870483509&id=313264918508&st=14&__user=538848335

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  11. Getting ready for the Parada of the Nations. :)

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    1. Remember we are counting on you to find David ;)
      and hopefully Pico decides to take some photos while parading :p

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    2. Pico is our man for that. :)
      Well, I'll try my best. ;)

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    3. So far I'm more impressed of Ferru's photo of the entire Spanish tennis team than Pico's blurry photo and the photo of himself. Let's hope he improves ;)

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    4. getting ready for the parade!
      I saw a pic tweeted by Gisela Dulko but it was in the dark and I could only see DelPo on it lol

      Here we go!!!

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  12. oh noooo it was so brief I couldn't even spot DelPo :( :( :(

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  13. The only one I've been able to spot is Edu - but no sign of David. Can't be sure, though.

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  14. At least you spoted Edu! I saw nobdy at all! Even the Delpo trick didn't work cuz I couldn't spot him :(

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  15. Well, I "cheated". I took a series of screencaps and then had a look afterwards. And Edu was the only one I found in them.
    Could it be that David did the sensible thing? I guess we'll have to wait and see if someone took a pic of him.

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    1. There's a good chance he didn't show up! David wasn't in any of the phtos pico tweeted during the ceremony. I saw one of Pico and Delpo

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  16. I mean, it would definitely be wise to stay at home and get some rest ahead of tomorrow. But I'll admit I didn't really think he'd be wise. ;)

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    1. Same here! I was like if he stayed home, I'd be really surprised :)

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    2. Well, looks like he decided to surprise us - and not just us. After all, David enjoys a certain reputation, based on his past appearances at Olympics...

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  17. So, I actually got to see Delpo later, however no other players were next to him but he seemed excited and happy :p What's really funny is that one moment they were showing Nole waving the Serbian flag and all of the sudden they show Delpo standing!

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    1. Just Delpo by himself? No sign of Pico?

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    2. By the way I remember the same thing happened in the Olympics ceremony in Athens 2004 but it was Federer who was holding the flag and suddenly they showed David. I remember that coz at the time I thought "is it a coincidence or does the director know about their rivalry"! :D

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    3. No Julia, they didn't show Pico only Delpo with a big smile!

      Noha that's really interesting :)

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  18. Vamos david!! London 2012 is sooo good!! I'm on hols but will be watchin david. When is his singles match tomorrow london time??

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  19. In the sidebar, top right corner of this page, under "Upcoming Matches". ;)

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  20. Camila, yea my Delpo trick didn't work at all hehe

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  21. That's when I saw Delpo too - they cut away from Nole and his flag. But I saw Pico standing right next to him.

    I didn't see any of the tennis players when they showed the Argentine team, though my friend said she saw Edu. What about Charly? Did anyone see him?

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  22. Just watched the Argentine contingent march by and didn't see any of our guys. Being 7 hours behind London, I'm also watching the ceremonies in the evening - tape delayed of course. Jolly good show for the Brits. Lots of athletes on the Argentina team so it was really hard to spot anybody in particular. Delpo, though, should have been recognizable. Don't think I'll stay up for Zimbabwe. David beckons at 5:00 am.

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  23. it was so cool they showed DelPo right after Novak carried the Serbian flag :D
    yeah it was tough to spot the Argentine tennis players among the athletes, Noubar your trick didn't work, there were lots of tall guys in the Argentine team hahaha

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