Marina del Rey 2012 Summer Olympics
The world is buzzing in anticipation of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. This year, over 8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame across the United Kingdom—including one of our own: Marina del Rey resident Leslie Billinger. Selected by her peers at The Coca Cola Company, Leslie will join the thousands of torchbearers to light up more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in England.
If you can’t travel across the pond, there are still plenty of ways to join Leslie in true Olympian spirit right here in Marina del Rey:
- On your marks, get set, ROW!
Learn to row like an Olympian. The Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club on Marina Beach offers one-hour beginner lessons starting at $50. No experience is required and everyone must take an initial one-on-one lesson. Want to race for Gold? Let the ocean be your course and race a friend—or the clock—to the finish line.
- Paddleboarding: The New Olympic Sport
Paddleboarding is a fun mix of surfing and kayaking but takes equal parts balance and focus to master. Marina del Rey Boat Rentals offers stand-up paddleboarding for $25 an hour. Seasoned veterans and first-timers alike will enjoy the adventure. Master one of the fastest growing water sports…and maybe one day, you’ll have a shot at competing in the Olympics.
- Kayaking: Slalom or Sprint to the finish line
As many Olympians would testify “practice makes perfect.” Start fine-tuning your kayaking skills for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As the perfect water sport for those who enjoy a challenge, kayaking is a fun and breezy way to burn some calories and spend quality time with friends. UCLA Marina Aquatic Center is open for kayaking on Saturdays & Sundays from 7a.m-6:30p.m ($25 for Double Kayaks and $20 for Single Kayaks). Want to practice mid-week? Marina del Rey Boat Rentals is open 7-days a week from 10a.m-5:45p.m. Rent a single kayak for $15 per hour or a double kayak for $25 per hour.
- For Those on the Sidelines: Tony P’s Dockside Grill
Want to cheer on your favorite athletes from the sidelines? Olympic supporters can gather at Tony P’s Dockside Grill to watch the 2012 London Summer Olympics on one of the 28 flat-screen televisions. Try one of Tony P’s 1,400 beer pulls and choose from a wide array of classic burgers, salads, sandwiches and entrees as you cheer on your favorite Olympic medal hopefuls.
Is it your dream to carry the Olympic torch? If so, tell us below and be sure to celebrate the games in the Marina del Rey!