2 weeks, and over 1,500 medals later, sadly, the London 2012 Paralympic games have come to an end, but we saw a fiery finish to the games in true British style. At the start of the ceremony, Captain Luke Sinnott, a soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan 2010, climbed to the top of a pole to raise the union flag. 164 Paralympian flag carriers were also present carrying the flags of the countries represented at the Paralympic games.
Many very well deserved words of appreciation were given where due with a speeches from International Paralympic Committee president, Sir Philip Craven and Lord Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman who received an amazing standing ovation from the crowd of 80,000 as he thanked the Game Makers and shared some of his own most memorable moments with them. Both were highly emotional when speaking of the Olympic and Paralympic games that were ” made in Britain”. Coe also paid tribute to the Olympic events for the new records of television viewing , ticket revenues and sporting achievement caused by the games. ”Finally, there are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product. Words, that when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity,” said Coe. Craven also added that the London Games were the “greatest ever”.
The extinguishing of the flame, was sound-tracked by the great British band; Coldplay as Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock eventually the flame that burned throughout the Olympic and Paralympic games. Simmonds, who is the winner of four Paralympic medals in the pool including two golds, was given the honour of putting out the Paralympic flame which was lit just 12 days ago in Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic games. Simmonds and Peacock then passed through the Paralympic athletes ass international musical guests Jay-Z and Rihanna from the US performed their song ‘ Run This Town’. A montage of the best moments of the games was played and before the ceremony came to a final close Coldplay’s ‘waterfall’ was played as the athletes covered the pitch.
They then passed the flame through the crowd of Paralympic athletes as Jay Z, Rihanna and Coldplay played Run This Town. Coldplay’s The Scientist sound tracked a montage of the best moments of the Games, before they closed the show with Every Teardrop is a Waterfall as many of the athletes streamed onto the pitch. Fireworks went off along the Thames and over the Olympic Park, with a projection on the Houses of Parliament that read: “Thank you London, thank you UK.”
Also, giving us a taste of what is to come, Brazil took the stage giving their presentation for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games with sparkles, a lot of colourful drumming and a beautiful number by a blind ballet troupe; ballet with a Brazillian twist.
These games have truly been a success and the Britain managed to take 3rd place in both the Olympic and Paralympic games. The nation is extremely proud of its achievements in these games and look forward to what is next to come in the UK. The next generation has surely been inspired.