Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Round Up: Day 3

An utterly brilliant bronze for our men in the gymnastics!  Apparently, it's the first time in about 100 years that they've done this well.  Just a shame that a complaint from the Japanese over scoring resulted in the boys being demoted from the silver spot.
Let's hope the girls are inspired today when their team competition gets under way.
The men's diving sadly didn't go to plan, with Tom and Pete coming in 4th, after leading at the half-way stage.  However, the 3-day eventers are in the silver position overnight, with the show jumping to come this morning. There's a chance of both a team and individual medal.
The press is clamouring for a gold and, obviously, that's what we what to see, especially at a home games.  So much money has been invested in sport over the last 15 years or so and it's a natural reaction for people to want our elite athletes to bring home the golds.  Sport is what these guys do for a living, not like the truly amateur days when sportsmen and women held down full-time jobs and trained in the evenings and at weekends.
So come on Team GB!
Do it for yourselves, by all means, but do it first and foremost for Great Britain.
Your country.
My country.
Our country.
Do it for me and the little old lady who lives down your street.
Do it for the thousands of children looking for role models.
There'll never again be such an opportunity to do it on a global stage in front of a home crowd.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Ahhh yes, the expectations of a host nation - especially after a huge injection of funds. We are at the end of that cycle now - there is much less Olympic funding and our results are showing that fact. However, the results of a successful games are in how the host nation 'hosts' the world as much as the sporting results - the golds will come Ruth!

And, dare I say it .... which little nation is higher up on the medal tally? Nothing like a little Commonwealth competetiveness!