Friday, 17 August 2012

friday flowers: olympic edition

For two weeks, we've been watching the world's best athletes receive beautiful bouquets from eminent florist Jane Packer alongside their medals in the 2012 London Olympic games. 
The bouquets were designed to reflect the 'vibrancy and energy' of the Olympic games, and feature four quadrants of roses able to be grown in Britain, (not actually grown in Britain), separated by English Lavender, Rosemary, Apple Mint and Wheat, which provides an 'eclectic fragrance' to enhance the moment of triumph (and none of which might cause hayfever, as other scented flowers might).

The blurb on Jane Packer's website explains that the design brief was to use British grown flowers with a strong visual impact, reflecting the energy of London 2012. Pretty much all done, except the roses, but that's simply because roses aren't commercially grown here. But, get this: 'Hardy varieties that will withstand varying temperatures - there are no cold storage facilities at the venues - and handling by non-experts.' 


In fact, apart from Chad's wonderful dad, Bert Le Clos and his off the cuff interview, the flowers and a non-expert provided my most memorable moments of the Olympics.

Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federation (mouthful), presenting the flowers to the men's marathon winners during the closing ceremony (sorry,  it was *jolly* hard to find a clip, so you'll have to make do with this homemade youtube one)

Forward to 40seconds, then prepare to be astounded at 52seconds.  

I nearly fell off my chair in disbelief. 

So I waited to see what would happen for the silver medalist, and he did it again at 1min 25 *and* then at 2min 08 for winner Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda

And then I nearly died laughing. 

'handling by non-experts'? Did someone know this was going to happen? Does Diack always do this? Does he just not like flowers? Or these flowers? Was he pissed at not getting the medal job? 
I'm flummoxed.

And still laughing at what round here is now known as the Senegalese Flower Grab - perhaps it'll be an Olympic event in Rio 2016?



Patsy said...

I also laughed at this when I saw it live...

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