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Olympic ceremony performer: I wish I could do it all again
A PERFORMER in the Olympic closing ceremony said she got such a buzz she just wanted to do it all over again once it ended.
Sarah Chakaveh, 21, was part of the final event at London 2012, which was watched by many millions across the world.
The volunteer could be spotted as part of an act in the opening 25 minutes.
Dressed in orange, she was a dancer during the rush hour, street party sequence whilst live music was played by Madness and The Pet Shop Boys.
Sarah, who regularly performs in Cookham and south Bucks for Sima’s Action Kids, said: “It was definitely the best experience ever, I can't really top it.
“Because the rehearsals weren't in the stadium it didn't feel like it would be there that we'd actually do it.
“It felt like we'd be walking out in rehearsals but when we did it was the most surreal thing with the 80,000 in the stadium and all the people watching on TV. It was absolutely incredible.
“As soon as it ended I wanted to do it again, it was just such a good feeling.”
Work for the ceremony began in April, with rehearsals increasing to every other day in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.
She landed the role after responding to an appeal on the official Olympics site for volunteers and successfully made it through an audition.
Sarah was inundated afterwards with messages from friends and family saying they had seen her on TV.
“I found it quite overwhelming really but I haven't had time yet to watch it back,” she said.
Many volunteering performers exited after their own display.
But Sarah and her co-entertainers managed to find a spot inside the stadium where they could stay and watch the rest of the spectacle, which included most notably a performance from Monty Python comic legend Eric Idle.
Sarah will be displaying her dancing talents on Friday at the Crown Pub in Cookham for the Big Chill event.
What did you make of the ceremony? How did it compare to the opening ceremony? Are you missing the Olympics now it has finished?
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