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Volleyball parties and Olympic inspiration

by Bernadette Fallon

Volleyball - what a party! At today's Olympic's quarter-finals between Argentina and Brazil, USA and Italy, there was music, there was dancing, there was bongo drums. And a bit of volleyball. Boy, those men are tall

And so while Brazil and Italy go through to the men's volleyball semi-finals and Team GB continues on its record-breaking medal haul, the spirit of the Olympics roars on. The atmosphere was electric in Park Live at the Olympic stadium on Sunday night, as Usain Bolt inspired a fresh generation of young runners. I might even take it up myself.

I love the feeling of 'can do' the Olympics has launched. The woman who only took up rowing four years ago, taking gold with her partner last week. The 54-year-old showjumper who claimed a team gold medal despite a hip replacement, two knee operations and a broken neck. The 19-year old female boxer who took a rare gold medal for Ireland amid controversy over the introduction of women's boxing to the Games.

A comment on Twitter this week said 'Thanks to the Olympics, our tellies & papers are full of talented, determined, classy people rather than "celebrities". It's very nice indeed'. Isn't it just. And if you're on Twitter, join the @British_Airways support for @TeamGB #HomeAdvantage by including them in your Olympic tweets to create a very loud noise.

Sunday is sadly getting very close. But next - the Paralympics. And more tales of inspiration. If you're enjoying the Olympic buzz and lamenting the fact you don't have tickets, don't worry - we're giving some away next week.

Plus - get into the Olympic spirit with our fun ways to get involved with the Olympics
Inspired by the Olympics to get active? Visit our sister site Zest to find out how to keep up the momentum. Can't say I won't be doing a bit of gentle jogging myself.

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