2012 London Olympics: Olympic-inspired date ideas

The London 2012 Olympics are underway! They run from July 27 to August 12, so there's plenty of time to plan some Olympic-inspired dates that are sure to get you and your guy revved up for the event. A little friendly competition can also do wonders for your relationship and sex life. Whether you prefer to stay in with just your guy or get out amongst screaming bar patrons, there are several date ideas that are going to help the two of you get into the Olympic spirit.

Try a new sport

If you've never tried archery, badminton or one of the many other sports represented at the Olympics, now is the perfect chance to get together with your guy and see how well you do. You never know, the two of you may find a new hobby you love in addition to getting some great exercise.

Compete against each other

Should you decide competing against each other is more your speed, there's no better time to start than during the Olympic games. Basketball, fencing and table tennis are excellent ways to get the adrenaline going. You can also cool down in the hot summer temps by competing against each other in swimming.

Have a night in with British foods

I have to admit I don't remember the last time I ate British food. Being that the Olympics are in London this year, now is as good a time as any to give it a shot. Whip up dinner consisting of British foods so you and your guy can chow down while you watch the games. Need some ideas? Fisherman's Pie or Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Marbled Shortbread for dessert are some good options. Don't forget the British beer!

Make foods from different countries

If British foods aren't your cup of tea, then make foods from the countries you're cheering on. Being that the Olympics are an all-day event, you can enjoy an entire buffet of items through each of your meals. Not in the mood to cook? Hit up an international grocery store to find packaged foods that will keep you out of the kitchen and in front of the television watching the games.

Have an Olympics movie night

Maybe you're not into watching the sports that are going to be on during a specific day, in which case, rent some Olympic-themed movies that will hold you over and prevent you from going into Olympics withdrawal. "Miracle," "Cool Runnings," and "Chariots of Fire" are certainly worth checking out.

Surround yourself with screaming fans

After awhile, you may be getting a bit stir-crazy sitting in front of the TV at home, in which case, head out to a bar with your guy and join a bunch of screaming fans as they watch the Olympics. Many bars are going to be airing the games, so call up your favorite local place and see if they're one of them. If you don't feel like heading out to a bar, host a gathering at your house instead.

With all the Olympic-inspired date ideas, there's no way you and your guy won't be able to get into the spirit! Don't forget to represent the countries you're cheering on by donning the respective apparel or general Olympics merch.

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