Our Olympians ignite enthusiasm for the Games

This week-end was the week-end of transformation in the UK’s feelings about the Olympics. Scepticism bred of Chinese politics and spin, of government targets and the government elite piling out to Bejing at our expense has been banished by the sheer guts, determination, skill and talent of Uk competitors. Many of them have decided to live their dream. Many of them have made their dreams come true. It is wonderful to read of their exploits. Congratulations to them all. Best wishes to all those still to compete. They are a reminder to everyone that if you really really want something, you might be able to obtain it – after you have put in hours, days, years of effort and concentration.

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5 Comments

  1. Kit
    Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    "after you have put in hours, days, years of effort and concentration"

    Are you referring to us poor tax payers that are forced to pay for these pampered sportsmen and grandstanding politicians?

  2. Johnny Norfolk
    Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Plus a reminder that it was John Majors government that set up the Lottery that has paid for it. It would also appear that the key people in the day to day organisation are Tories from that time.

    So well done to them all.

    Good to find that we can still run something properly.

  3. Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    To be in 3rd place in the world, even temporarily, is pretty amazing. If Australia was still part of our empire or if Mr Phelps wasn't part of the USA we would be second.

    Shows you what a bit of lottery money can do. On the other hand if we put the money we are putting into the London Olympics into space travel X-Prizes we would be in first place beyond the world.

  4. adam
    Posted August 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    it is great to see GB third in the table

  5. mikestallard
    Posted August 18, 2008 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I was as blase as anyone, but when my nephew got a silver in the 8s rowing, I was watching entranced. He has given his whole existence to rowing now since he was 15. The rowing machine is called an"Ergo" and he wittily remarked: "Ergo, ergo sum."
    Amateur? I do not think so. Anyone more dedicated and professional, I simply cannot think of. Fixated is the word. There seem to be no distractions at all. I do hope the rest of his life isn't an anti-climax.
    And how excellent that Her Majesty the Queen has invited all the Olympians to Buckingham Palace to congratulate them. Good for her!

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