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Jacqui Hurley is enjoying the experience of covering the London Olympic Games for RTÉ

Updated: Sunday, 29 Jul 2012 14:15 | Comments

Jacqui reports back from the London Olympics, where there's been a hectic start to proceedings
Jacqui reports back from the London Olympics, where there's been a hectic start to proceedings

Well we're almost a week into the Olympic buzz and so far it has been a great experience.

London has pulled out all the stops in terms of putting on a show here and I suppose we never expected anything different from the moment it was announced the Games would be coming here in 2012.

The city itself looks fantastic and the great weather we've been having only adds to the buzz. As I write this blog it looks as if the weather may turn, so if you're coming to London for the Games be sure to pack a rain jacket as well as the shorts!

As I was leaving the hotel this morning I overheard one of the girls working in reception saying to her manager "oh it's only going to be 24 degrees today, do you think the summer is over?" I was laughing away thinking if that was in Ireland we'd be out in our shorts having a 99!

The set up at the Games is like nothing I've ever experienced. Walking through the International Media Centre seeing all the worlds media assembled is just incredible.

To give you an idea of the scale of things, NBC are here with 3,000 staff working to broadcast the Games, we have around 40 people here with RTE, so the variety of media operations is immense.

Our own set up has a tv sport office and a radio sport office. Our radio studio has been live since we got here on Monday with various inserts into programmes as well as presentation of Olympic programmes.

We're all feeding into programmes from our live events so on a daily basis its fairly hectic in there.

The tv office has a feed of pretty much every live competition, although we aren't always guaranteed that the Irish competitors will be shown, so if you're wondering why a specific event isn't on thats probably the reason.

Lisa Kearney's bout yesterday morning was an example: it wasn't available live, so these are the problems you encounter.

We got our first glimpse at the Olympic Village on Wednesday night at the flag raising ceremony. For all intents and purposes it looks like a rather large college campus, but it just happens to house the worlds greatest athletes for two weeks.

Each block of apartments is decked out with the colours and flags of each nation and right in the middle of the village is the flag of Team Ireland.

Some of the athletes are leaving it until the last minute to go into the village, choosing instead to prepare away from the hype, while for a lot of the first-timers, the experience of being in the village is part of the excitement.

I spent Friday morning out at the athletes' holding camp out in Twickenham, where Taoiseach Enda Kenny was meeting the team.

Chatting to the athletes, the overriding mood in the camp is one of a very calm, relaxed atmosphere.

Stories and experiences were being shared between the athletes and they all look to be genuinely enjoying each others company and interested in the success of their teammates.

After all the razzmatazz of the opening ceremony, the action finally got underway yesterday.

By the way it was an amazing ceremony! Danny Boyle is a genius and for my money it was the best opening ceremony I've ever seen.

I'm torn between a few moments for my highlight of the night:  David Beckham delivering the torch on a boat, the Queen parachuting in with 007 and Paddy Barnes looking for sponsors with a piece of cardboard are all up there!

It was a great moment seeing our athletes walk in to such an enormous cheer aswell. The Irish team and supporters are very popular here in London.

Kieran Behan in particular has been quite a hit. I've lost track of the amount of international journalists who've asked me questions about him. It's a truly inspirational story and in spite of what happened yesterday morning, he's a remarkable athlete to get to this level after facing such adversity.

It's been a great week so far and although we've already lost some Irish competitors its been a positive start by the athletes. Here's hoping for some Irish success over the next two weeks!

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