Boris Johnson has been amongst the madness and excitement that is the Olympic Games. From political quibbles to crazy antics, the Mayor of London has been a truly flamboyant face to London 2012. But what if Boris put away the suit and donned the spandex (an unpleasant thought really)? Here are some reasons why the Mayor of London would make a great athlete.
Mr Johnson showed us that a slightly round physique is no hindrance to his athleticism. The Mayor of London proved that he can contend with the best of them as he came gliding down the zip wire. Despite getting stuck in the middle, Mr Johnson illustrated his skill by shouting “Team GB”, waving the Union Jack, and entertaining crowds through some stand up comedy as he said: “This is great fun but it needs to go faster.”
Whilst Mr Johnson would not have scored highly for artistic execution, this is a minor point that he can work on in time for Rio in 2016. Perhaps by then Olympic Zipwiring would be an official event.
Recent figures revealed that 50% of Britain’s gold medal winners in Beijing were privately educated and considering Mr Johnson went to Eton and then Oxford University, his educational background seems perfect.
Perhaps Dressage or Rowing may be appropriate for the London Mayor, although he may have a good shot at the gymnastics.
Respects His Fellow Athletes
Boris Johnson has on several occasions supported Team GB. On the host nation’s slow start he said: “I think we are showing great natural restraint and politeness as host nation in not hoarding the medals more so far.” Even when the medal drought was happening Boris still backed the team.
The London Mayor likes to survey the events going on and when he attended a beach volleyball match he claimed that the girls were “glistening like otters” in the rain. No doubt this was Mr Johnson’s way of showing his support for sporting reasons and nothing else.
Many of the greatest sports people in the world have quirky personalities. Just look at Usain Bolt – cocky, funny, and light hearted. But there is nobody in the whole of the Olympic Games that has a bigger and more unique personality that London’s Mayor. Mr Johnson is bold, comical and not afraid to get his hands dirty. It has even been reported that the Mayor of Rio is afraid to meet Mr Johnson because of his unpredictability. I just feel sorry for Boris’s press team.
Answering the Critics
Sometimes sports people’s biggest critics are not their fellow athletes, but politicians. US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney hit out against the organisation of London 2012. He said: “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out.”
Well Mr Romney, our Mayor Boris has something to say: “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready.
“Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!”
Mr Johnson, in true Olympian style, made this rallying cry in front of a packed out Hyde Park against the US politician. Well, what better way to embarrass America and assert British patriotism than in front of thousands of spectators?
What do you think about Boris’s role during the Olympics? Do you think he is a good figurehead for London 2012? Let us know what you think.