The Olympics - go for gold!
With London 2012 just around the corner, the spectacle of the Games and its sheer variety of sports can be a great inspiration for young and old! Be it a desire to be a bit healthier or plain curiosity, the wonder that is the Olympics can spur anyone to ‘go for gold’ this year.
The Flexicover Team takes a closer look at some of the activities you could partake in and make you feel like an Olympian! Maybe your secret dream can be combined with a holiday…
Beach volleyball was introduced into the Olympic Games as a demonstration event in 1992 and has been an official sport since 1996. Easy to handle, it can be played on almost any beach in the world; all you need is a ball and a net! Two desirable places to set, spike and smash are the Pacific Palisades, California (where the sport originated in 1915) and the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics! Just imagine – you could be on that winners’ rostrum!
Swimming has featured at every modern Olympics (though held in open water at the first three Games). The vast majority of us enjoy a dip in the water on holiday be it a nice infinity pool, a crystal clear lake or the open sea. Many are making swimming the main focus of their holiday by joining a boat-supported tour of lakes or coasts. The Mediterranean, Greece in particular, is a very popular area. With about 70 percent of the Earth's surface being water the possible locations are almost endless! So grab your swimsuit and goggles and dive in and get on that podium – eat your heart out Mark Spitz!
Sailing has been present in every Olympic Games (apart from 1904) although it had to be cancelled in 1896 due to poor weather on the day of competition. If you are inspired to sail, whether you're an experienced yacht master looking to gain a qualification or just looking for fun, there are sailing holidays to suit all grades. You could choose a beach-based holiday and try a bit of dinghy sailing or be part of a flotilla! Punch the air – just like the three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie.
Cycling is another one of the original events, initially a road race and 5 track events. There are now 18 events, including mountain biking (since 1996) and BMX (since 2008). These come in all shapes and sizes from gentle cycling through the French countryside to mountain biking expeditions through the High Atlas of Morocco. So why not head out onto miles upon miles of picturesque trails or undiscovered terrain! Who knows, you might overtake Boris en route!
Archery first appeared at the 1900 Olympics in Paris but didn’t become a regular feature until 1972. Historically, archery was used for hunting and combat, while in modern times it’s a popular recreational activity. This is one sport that almost anyone can try and whilst you hopefully won't need to hunt for food or fight off hoards of invaders on holiday, you can certainly have a real ‘Robin Hood experience’ and test your aim with a bow and arrow for an afternoon or two.
Wherever you decide to travel, with Flexicover Direct, you can go for our Gold or Silver policies. We cover most sporting activities at no extra cost anyway and are committed to providing the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.
If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!