How can you win but still loose,
The criticism that is being placed on the Australian Olympic team is unbelievable, whereby if you achieve a silver medal you are considerd to have failed and to have spent the last 3 years on a couch eating deep fried dumplings.
I was reluctent to write this blog but I overheard a converation on a tram between two outragged Aussie blokes, bewildered and confused by their lack of golds. Pronouncing that they should in fact be ahead of Britain. I had to interrupt. For thoose of you who are unaware, it was said that Australia were going to challenge Great Britain on the medal Tally in a sort of ‘Olympic Ashes’ type event, I too myself once made a similar goal, I was going to teach my dog Sparkles how to do a triple back flip. Now whilst you may think this is idiotic my gymnastic aspirations for sparkles it remains more realistic than aiming to beat superpower Great Britain who’s population is triple that of Australia. Currently Australia sit with 6 golds to the host nations 26. This medal count is imply outstanding for a country with a population of Australia. However this is not how it is made out to be by the media and from their furious coverage has led to a chain reaction that stretched as far to push many athletes to breaking point.
Yahoo user Biggins07 “The taxpayer dollars I contribute would of enabled me to win more gold“……no they wouldn’t have Biggins07.
Melbournian Anne in the MX “The atheletes can point fingers at the end it comes down to their individual perfomance, not a good look” ..Chill out Anne from Melbourne
And of course old Olympians have taken the chance to critize current performances in an ill attempt to reinforce how much ‘harder’ the old days were. With former Olympic champion Suzie Olympic indicating there simply wasn’t the “discipline” and “focus”. This is terrible. Australia currently has 6 gold medals, 13 silver medals and ten bronze. When I saw this I was in awe at what a small country with 20 million had managed to achieve.
Meanwhile however , back at the Olympic Village, instead of being wildly joyous as per program, Emily Seebolmthe 20-year-old burst into tears at coming second. She had swum a gold-medal time in her heat, but in the final was pipped by America’s Missy Franklin.
What happened to the main values in sport, such as sportsmanship and being graceful in defeat. Maybe we need not look further than our New Zealand brotherins across the ditch who after achieving their first medal, a bronze medal were overwhelmed.
Knowing that the team was capable of gold they were more contnet with the fact that the brave equestrians had given it their all for their country which at the end of the day is the true essence of the olympics and not the amount of gold you win