Pigeon Olympics Nearly Over

Well, that’s it, nearly. Party time over. Thank fuck the sun’s come out or I reckon London would have the biggest come down ever next week.

The appearance of the sunshine has also meant the Pigeon Olympics have been kicking it too, at last.

The Synchronised Fly-By was great. They moved the venue to Hyde Park in the end. Amazing atmosphere. Surprisingly, London, firm favorites to win, were beaten by Cardiff. It was close but we couldn’t quite pull it off.

Here’s Team Cardiff passing the finishing flags:

Have to admit, they were pretty good.

And here’s a great shot of Team London’s Bread Tug squad discussing their strategy just before this afternoon’s final:

I managed to grab a quick word with team captain, Bill (centre). He said he was thrilled to have got as far as they have. “The home crowd has been fantastic.” He said. “We’d never have done it without their support.”

It turned out to be an gripping match. Manchester were on great form and looked like they were going to clinch it, that was until Archie from Kentish Town was brought on as a substitute. He was on fire. Almost literally in this heat. He hammered them and went on to win another Gold for London.

This is Archie just after he won the final tug:

Nice one, Arch. Celebrations all round.

Tomorrow it’s time for the Wing Stretch with another London favourite, Olga, ready to defeat her world title. Can’t wait.

In the meantime, we’ve finally decided on a venue for the Closing Ceremony. Seeing as most places in London are likely to be pretty packed on Sunday, we’re going for Soho Square. Any pigeons around, come on down.

Bring it on.

August 11, 2012. London Pigeon Olympics 2012, Uncategorized.


  1. Josh replied:

    Brilliant. So important not to beak too soon so well done everyone for getting the timing right.

    • pigeonblog replied:

      Absolutely. Team London have rocked the big one. Expecting quite a large party tonight!

  2. Animalcouriers replied:

    Interesting ‘prop’ for Archie. Well done that bird.

    • pigeonblog replied:

      Arch rocks. He did such an amazing job. Not been seen since though. I suspect his partying started the minute he got off the podium.

  3. Ali from the Pally replied:

    How are we expected to know who’s who? When the wingless so-called athletes in the other olympics get identifying bits of paper stuck on them, we don’t get so much as a coloured feather stuck on our athletes to help?

    • pigeonblog replied:

      I know what you mean. Thinking costumes would be a good idea next time. Maybe ask Stella to give it a go?

      • mandy replied:

        I think Stella would be happy to help Bri. I notice that there were no costumes with feathers on in either the opening or closing ceremony. No feathered friends died for these ceremonies:)

  4. mandy replied:

    P.s Archie’s quite a looker isn’t he? Bet he must have to fight off the girls.

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