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21 things we learned at Glasgow 2014

Scotland has done the Commonwealth Games proud. The city of Glasgow brilliantly hosted the hugely successful sporting event and warmly welcomed hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators. Whether you saw some of the many events live, or all of them on TV, there can be few people not impressed by the achievements of the Glasgow 2014. Here we reveal a few of the things we learned about Glasgow 2014. 1) Eleven days is not nearly long enough for a Commonwealth Games. We wanted so much more.2) Cheesy, comical and iconically Scottish is what makes for a successful Opening Ceremony.3) Everyone loves a human-sized Tunnock’s teacake. (Just see how much people have been willing to bid on the Commonwealth Games Auction site).4) Selfies are so last century. Now it’s the welfie (short for Commonwelfie).5) The Weegie Waves is a step up from the Mexican Wave.6) RockTape is hugely popular among Commonwealth Games athletes. Who did you spot using the high performance kinesiology tape? We saw, among others, swimmers, longer-distance runners, weightlifters, badminton players, cyclists and sprinters.7)  Former track cycling superstar and now Glasgow 2014 ambassador Sir Chris Hoy is not only a superb sportsman but he is also a dab hand at opening the Queen’s baton. Did you see Prince Imran struggling with the Baton at the Opening ceremony?8) The Royals can have a laugh. The Queen was captured in a selfie behind a couple of Australian hockey players.The Queen at the Commonwealth games9) Everyone loves a loser. Even when athletes were lapped and struggling to finish, the crowds got behind them and cheered them to the finish line.10) England has become even better than the Australians at Commonwealth Games medal winning.11) The Scots won almost twice as many medals as ever before and came a stunning fourth in the overall medal league table. That was 19 golds, 15 silvers and 19 bronzes.12) This proves that home crowds produce fantastic results.13) Glasgow is amazingly welcoming. (Well, we knew this already but now the world knows it, too.)14) It’s not easy to hold back the tears when athletes are crying on the podium. Ross Murdoch, the 20-year-old Scottish swimming sensation, is not the only piece of proof!15) It takes the dedication of 15,000 volunteer Clydesiders and Clyde, the amazing mascot, to pull off a fantastic Commonwealth Games.16) Leaving our cars behind is not so very hard to do. Many people talked about how much they enjoyed walking and cycling between venues in Glasgow.17) It feels great to be Scottish when the athletes win medals, especially Kimberley Renicks winning Scotland’s first gold of Glasgow 2014 in the judo, before her sister Louise won one herself.
  1. Glasgow brushes up beautifully. The streets look so clean. Can we keep it this way?
  2. Highlights come in all age brackets, including the moment when 13-year-old Orkney swimmer Erraid Davies became the youngest ever winner of a Commonwealth Games medal, bronze in the women’s 100m breaststroke Para-sport SB9 final.
  3. And you don’t have to be super young to be a Games medallist. Jo Pavey, aged 40, and a mother of two ran to third place in the women’s 5k.
  4. It’s great being able to understand a strong and colloquial Glaswegian accent, otherwise how would we have been able to enjoy every brilliant word of  boxing champ Charlie Flynn?

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