Smiley Hannah Miley – delighted to be 5th or worse?
A mxed bag of results for ‘Team GB’ (how that grates; what’s wrong with ‘Great Britain’ or even ‘GB’?)on Days Three & Four.
The highlight was undoubtedly the male gymnasts team bronze model on Monday. There are some murmurings in the press about GB underperforming, however.
I can see why. A succession of swimmmers have emerged from the pool having finished 5th, 6th or 7th saying how delighted they are and what wonderful support they are getting.
The theory before the games was two-fold. Either ‘Team GB’ would be inspired or they would freeze in front of the home crowd. Results so far and reaction to results from the athletes themselves hint at another possibility…’we’re are just happy to be here’. I kind of get this…I am paying more attention to the Olympics than ever before as a mere spectator and am kind of ‘awe struck’ looking at some of the venues and some of the amazing transformations of places like Horseguards and Greenwich Park.
The Rowers are doing very well of course. Is it no coincidence that their venue has been the competitive home of British rowing for years? They are merely getting on with the job without being dazzled by surroundings.
It’s too early to say Team GB will underperform. Wiggins, Poole, Willis and Jamieson all have very realistic Gold Medal chances today. If two medals (of any colour) don’t result I will be beginning to wonder.
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