The 2012 London Olympics have far exceeded my expectations. To see so many women athletes, including the first two women to compete for Saudi Arabia, was electrifying. To witness more American women, than American male athletes, participate in these Olympics was inspiring. Yet, my personal favorite moment of these 2012 London Olympics was when Princess Anne presented her daughter Zara Phillips her silver medal.
I love the equestrian events. I honestly did not realize that Zara Philips was participating, until the television crew targeted the row of fashionable, yet casual Royals cheering her on. As her Royal cousins watched, Zara nervously maneuvered through the numerous jumps and narrow turns like a champion.
I cannot imagine the sort of pressure Zara experienced. Participating on the public stage of the Olympics is stressful enough, but to perform in your own country-and then as a high-profile Royal! I imagine that the risk of falling flat on your face and the need to achieve must have been stressful. I am sure there were just as many people who wished her ill, due to her privileged connections, as there was who cheered her on. This was intense pressure and Zara was very graceful throughout all of her runs.
When Great Britain won the Olympic silver medal, the crowds went crazy. When it was time for the medal ceremony, Princess Anne presented the medals, including the home team and their silver medals. When she gave her daughter, Zara, her medal, she added a loving kiss on both cheeks. And for a brief moment, there was a look between them that can only happen between a mother and a child.
This bit of tenderness was something that is not expected from the Royals. Certainly, Princess Diana was openly affectionate with her own children and she was very vocal about the coldness of her in-laws. Princess Anne was born and raised a Royal, yet, her public display of affection was genuine, affectionate and warm and contradicted everything we thought the Royal family was like. So, this is my favorite moment, because isn’t changing our perspective part of what the Olympics are all about?
Georgia Makitalo fell in love with the Olympics while watching the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on television and attended the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Other Olympics Articles written by Georgia Makitalo:
My Favorite Olympic Opening Ceremony: The 2004 Athens Summer Olympics
My Favorite Olympic Moment: Beach Volleyball at Bondi Beach
Five Olympic Closing Ceremony Performances That Defined the Games
10 Places to Visit During the London Olympics