The Draw has been kind to us; GBR runs 17th of 22 Nations with SWE and NZL the only Teams after us....and they are very strong Teams!
Training day today. There are a wide choice of training areas available, most of which are situated between the stables and the Main Arena. Greenwich Park is on a slope (yes, I am fully aware there is a socking big hill....but the northerly end where the arena is, is also on a slope) and the Arena and many of the training arenas are built on platforms....a massive engineering feat that is most impressive. Some training areas are allocated to Nations on a rotational basis, others are open to all. There is also an all weather gallop that runs along the side of the main road through the Venue. Some pictures will give you a better feeling:
|Mary King rides Imperial Cavalier between the training arenas and back to the stables|
|Nicola Wilson hacks Opposition Buzz down the canter track|
|one of the platformed training areas|
|William Fox-Pitt leads Lionheart back from a workout with groom Jackie|
|Tina Cook exercises Miners Frolic under the watchful eye of Yogi Breisner|
|Training arenas built into the sloping site|
|The complex construction under the platform|
Challenge of the day....preparing for the Opening Ceremony;
Last LOCOG Bus for the Village departs Greenwich at 1520 hrs
GBR allocated training time in one of the important training areas (i.e. one that will be used as part of the competition warm up) – finishes 1715 hrs (some Nations do not finish until 1915 hrs....)
Opening Ceremony does not finish until after midnight.......I understand how important the Opening Ceremony is...but it does slightly dominate all else and is certainly causing me headaches.