Sports: Week of August 13, 2012

Armchair Sports Fans:

Armchair sports fans have enjoyed a tremendous 3-week festival of the Olympics – from the acclaimed Opening Ceremony on July 27 by Danny Boyle,  to the Closing Ceremony on August 12.

As anticipated, the Track and Field events have been absorbing with the triumphs of Usain Bolt, the despair of Chinese Hurdler, Liu Xiang, and the momentous victories of Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah – just to name a few highlights.

Other disciplines also produced many moments of tension, excitement and phenomenal performances – the Rowing at Eton Dorney, the Cycling at the Velodrome and the Sailing events have all been the setting for some close-fought battles, as well as new world and Olympic records. The Gymnastics and Horse Jumping events have been tense and closely fought, as well, and the Triathlon and long-distance running have been spectacular.

Was this the best Olympics ever? Email us at with your thoughts, and let us know your favourite moments.

The Olympics may have come to an end, but don’t despair! There are still plenty of sporting events to look forward to this week:

August 18: Start of the English Football Premier League – August 19: Man City v Southampton at 4pm and August 20,  Everton v Man United at 8pm.

Can Manchester City successfully defend their title this year? Email us at with your views.

Dates for your diary;

August 29 – September 9: Paralympics

The opening ceremony is directed by award-winning director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), and over 4,000 competitors will take part, from 162 Nations.

Competitors to look out for include the South African, Oscar Pretorius (Athletics), who has competed at the Olympics this year in 400 metres despite being a double amputee and running on blades. Darren Kenny and Sarah Storey in Cycling will represent Great Britain, and have high hopes of medals.

Also, Tom Aggar in rowing (a former rugby player who had a terrible accident in 2005), and Susie Rogers in Swimming, are both hoping to win gold for Great Britain on home soil.

The Paralympics is truly inspiring, and each Athlete has had to face amazing personal challenges to compete at these Games, so don’t miss the opportunity to watch some of these events.

August 27 – September 9: US Open Tennis

Federer, Djovokic, Nadal and Murray return to the fray for the 2012 US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.

For sports events around Geneva, our picks are:

August 16-19: Gstaad Polo 

For those who enjoy Polo, or those of you who are interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, this Hublot event takes place on August 16 in the idyllic mountain setting of Gstaad – only one and a half hours from Geneva. Gstaad is accessible by train (you can take the Golden route pass via Montreux) or by car. It’s a stunning setting to enjoy the sport, or even just to socialise over a few glasses of champagne while enjoying the scenery and ambiance.

Reserve your tickets online at Tickets are limited.

There is a VIP dinner on Saturday the 18th, and this promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

If you’re planning to spend the night, then the Gstaad Palace Hotel is your ultimate 5-star hotel destination in town. For a more modest budget, however, we recommend the 4-star Arc et Ciel, or even the 4-star Alpine Lodge near Saanen.

Dates for the Diary:

August 30: Pro-Am golf Tournament

The Pro- Am Golf Tournament, sponsored by Rothschild, is held in the lovely resort of Megève, just 1 hour from Geneva. For more details visit their website.









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Originally from the UK, I have a legal background. I have been in the Geneva area since 2005 and love the mountains, the lake and the quality of life here. The Winter snow sports are fantastic and the Summer season is full of festivals, outdoor sports, picnics and barbecues. I have met some great people here from all of the world. Geneva is a cosmopolitan city with lots of cultural events and good restaurants and bars and I hope that through Biskotti I can share a few hidden places I have discovered…