London Olympics 2012

The Olympic Adieu

That’s all folks! ‘Tis a wrap from what’s probably been one of the most keenly followed Olympics both on ground at London, and right here on the world wide web. Artistic Director Kim Gavin promised ‘the best after-show party of all time’. And the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics didn’t disappoint!

‘A Symphony of British Music’ featured an ensemble of popular musicians who performed 30 great musical hits of the past five decades. The evening kicked off with girls screaming their hearts out for the youngest band on stage – One Destination. The show moved on to true plucky British style, a colourful circus unravelling itself in full blast! The quintessential black London cabs pulled into the stage as the 90s girl band set an exuberant tone to ‘Spice up your life’! ‘We will rock you’ said Queen’s Brian May who enthralled us with a stellar performance, joined onstage by Jessie J who rendered a scintillating gyration. John Lennon came alive, so to speak, with an engaging tribute by a choir of children featuring footage from the original 1971 hit ‘Imagine’. The other performers who created magic in front of the 10,800 athletes included Take That, George Michael, the Pet Shop Boys, Ray Davies, Annie Lennox and Ed Sheeran, to name a few. The fabulous finale had a fiery Phoenix descending onto the stage, while The Who serenaded the extinguishing flames.

We were also treated to a dash of style with a ramp walk by British supermodels who strutted their stuff in shimmer, in creations by Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Erdem, Victoria Beckham, Jonathan Saunders, Stephen Jones and Paul Smith.

The biggest after-show party ever!

And as we bid adieu to the world’s most talented bunch of sportsmen and women, there’s no denying that we all agree on this one – it’s fashionable to win! And these uber cool achievers just showed us how, with breathtaking performances over the past sixteen days.

Michael Phelps set the pools on fire with a fabulous career-ending tally of 22 Olympics medals (yes, probably the greatest Olympian ever!). The showman on the tracks, Usain Bolt, finished up with a legendary three gold medals in the same track events in two consecutive Olympics – something that’s not been done over 108 years! And closer home, we’ve achieved twice the number of wins compared to the Beijing Olympics, and that’s saying a lot for a country starved of any kind of sports outside cricket.

Yes, it’s fashionable to win. But winning is not just about gunning for the Olympics gold. It’s about the tenacity of heroes like Manteo Mitchell who completed the run for his team on a painful leg that snapped midway. It’s about a young Indian woman, Saina Nehwal, who carried the pressure of a billion expectant countrymen on her shoulders with panache. It’s about Mary Kom, a mother of two raised in a poor farming family, who put an end to every kind of prejudice with powerful punches at the boxing ring.

Yes, it’s fashionable to win – to win the hearts of a billion spectators like me, who will now get back to our lives at least a tad bit more inspired.

The Olympic heart-stealers, hands down

StyleMynt London Olympics 2012 Fashion Winners

Oh, and it’s also time to slip into some bright Brazilian colours and do the Samba while you make the beeline for Rio De Janeiro 2016!

- Aarthi Nandakumar

Strong is the new sexy – the Olympic body

Olympic diet

It’s hard not to be inspired by all the hot bodies of the athletes competing in the Olympics this year. The nutritious meals consumed by these Olympians come as a breath of fresh air in a world addicted to diets and detox kits. A strong work-out regime combined with the right diet that’s been refined to the point of perfection, has turned out to be the best weapon in the face of increasingly stringent anti-doping rules.

Considering the fact that the average sportsperson trains two to four hours everyday, his nutritional requirements may be a little bit different from yours. Once you factor in the different requirements of each sport, the average athlete’s diet will turn out to be different from person to person. However, there is a strong emphasis on eating right – and that means less processed foods. Deprivation, however, is not in the picture; if they want that ice cream, they have it.

If you want to get in shape, maybe it’s time you approached your fitness regime from a new angle. Here are a few tips that will help you trim off those last few pounds or get you started on your fitness journey:

  • Eat healthy – cut down on processed foods. This will help you slim down in the short term, and help you stay healthy and relatively disease free as years go by. Sania Nehwal cut out junk food and loaded up on lean proteins to get fit for the London Olympics.
  • Get the best diet that suits your work-out. Do a little bit of research to find out what works for your body type. The Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps consumes a whopping 12000 calories every day. But then again, he trains for five hours daily.
  • Get moving. Aim for at least twenty minutes of exercise in a day if you are new to the whole fitness thing. You can increase the time limit depending on your level of fitness, and your lifestyle.
  • Don’t go hungry. Think of food as fuel, and eat at regular intervals to counteract cravings.
  • Stay hydrated.  Take cues from Usain Bolt and drink lots of fluids throughout the day.
Image Courtesy: Womens Health SA, Men’s Health

Olympic Spirit

Olympic Spirit

The London Olympics are just about to start, and as with every major world event, fashion follows suit. Designers across the globe have turned their eyes towards sporty inspirations, and some have even worked actively with the Olympic Games to come up with specific collectibles like Paul Smith’s Olympic Postal Stamps and Karl Lagerfeld’s Olympic Pop Up Store at Selfridges in New York.

But it’s not only the high-end designers who reserve the right to be sporty chic. We can all share in the Olympic spirit by adding sporty elements to our day-to-day dressing. If you’re young and ready for action, here are some picks from the Myntra fashion team (in the Olympic colours, of course) that will have you celebrating the Olympic spirit in every look you put together for yourself.