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It feels a long time since we’ve enjoyed the thrill of watching live sport, so to mark 700 days to go until Birmingham 2022, we’re taking a look at iconic celebrations!


Let’s start with Usain Bolt’s victory from Glasgow 2014! Of course, he pulled out his signature pose, which has now become one of the most famous celebrations in sports history.

Maori Dance

When Team New Zealand won Rugby 7s gold at Gold Coast 2018, they performed the famous Haka, a Maori ceremonial dance.

(Note all the tiny Borobis in front of the team)

Records Made To Be Broken

Winning your nation’s first gold medal at a home Games is an incredible moment and it was all too much for Team Scotland’s para-cyclist Neil Fachie at Glasgow 2014. Neil went on to defend his title and break his own world records in the men’s B&VI sprint and men’s B&VI 1000m time trial at the Gold Coast in 2018.

Taking the Plunge

At Victoria 1994, Team Australia’s swimming team made a splash – literally!

After a successful Games, where Australia won a whopping 25 gold medals in the aquatic centre, the team took a celebratory plunge from a diving board!

Para Icon

In 2022 Birmingham will host the biggest para-sport programme in Games history, which will be fully integrated into the schedule.

David Weir is a para-athletics icon, so this is a familiar sight. Here is the moment he won gold for Team England at Glasgow 2014 in the 1500m (T54).

Flip Out

We know that we’re head of heels with excitement for the Games in 700 days and Cameroonian boxer Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue knows that feeling! Here he is flipping out about reaching the middleweight boxing semi-final at Gold Coast 2018. He ultimately won silver in the final.

Record Breaker

Imagine winning a gold medal and setting a new world record aged just 15.

That’s exactly what Team Australia’s para swimmer, Maddison Elliott, did in the 100m S8 Freestyle at  Glasgow 2014.

Out of a high

The marathon is one of the hardest events at the Games, so imagine Kurt Fearnley’s joy as he took Gold in front of a home crowd in the T54 event at Gold Coast 2018. This was Kurt’s final race and a glorious sign off to an outstanding career. To round off his victory, he was selected as Australia’s flagbearer at the closing ceremony.

Canadian Chill

Possibly the coolest person on court, this is Mamadou Gueye after a 3-point buzzer-beater that sent Team Canada to the basketball final at Gold Coast 2018, with an 88 – 86 win over New Zealand.

Canada was beaten in the final by the home team, Australia.

Bunch of Roses

In this time of social distancing, a ‘pile-on’ isn’t something we can do right now. But that was how Team England’s netballers (the Roses) celebrated gold at Gold Coast 2018!

We think our United by Birmingham 2022 ambassador, Ama Agbeze, is in there somewhere!

We’d love to see your sporting celebrations. Whether you recreate a famous pose or share your own, unique victory stance, post them on social media with the hashtag #strikeapose and don’t forget to tag @Birminghamcg22.

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