LONDON DAY 3: WINNERS & LOSERS
Last night my husband and I cheered on the Korean women’s archery team to win over the Chinese.
“Why are we going for the Koreans?” he asked.
“Nicer hats,” I replied.Emily Seebohm in tears after winning silver in the 100m backstroke. Photograph via The Australian.
And, yes, we agreed, with a complete and utter absence of any knowledge of the sport, that seemed enough to be going on with.
It was a thrilling contest and the Koreans won. My other half (big softie that he is) sniffed back tears as he watched their unbridled joy.
“Just look at how happy they are. Look at that tall girl, she just can’t stop smiling,” he snuffled.
And right there’s the joy of the Olympics for me too.
Finding a sport you know nothing about, with people you’ve never heard of and settling in for the epic battle.
Then we turned over to the weightlifting and became engrossed in that too, willing the Samoan girl on in the 85 kilo clean and jerk.
We’re lucky to have Foxtel so that we can tune in for the duration of an entire competition, rather than the old Channel Nine switcheroo to bits of this and that.
What did you watch last night?
And what about these stories that are making news today? Your thoughts?
She scored silver for Australia in the 100m backstroke.
Variously described as being “frustrated” or “disappointed” and tearily contemplating what went wrong she said:
“I have no idea. I know that I was super nervous today, and so nervous I couldn’t even eat, so I’m sure that had something to do with it. That’s no excuse. I went in there and raced it and didn’t come out on top.”
I can’t help thinking that being second in the world at ANYTHING is an extraordinary achievement. No excuses required in my camp.Controversial swimmer Nick D’Arcy. This and home page photograph via Fox Sports.
Off home after his five-year campaign to be in the Olympic swimming squad after just 12 hours. He came sixth in his semi final in the 200m butterfly.
D’Arcy is a divisive figure after his assault on fellow team mate Simon Cowley which earned him a suspended 14-month jail term after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm in 2009.
Should he have been allowed to compete?
Opinions around here range from “everyone deserves a shot at redemption” to “No, way. He’s a thug. His inclusion in the team condones violence”.
The nasty vitriol directed against D’Arcy is unedifying and achieves nothing in my book.
I am in the redemption camp.
|Page 1 of 2||next >>|