Well the Olympics aren’t even two days old and I’ve lost count of the number of different sports that I’ve not only watched, but in which I’ve become an overnight expert.
Highlights so far include the Italian archer who looked like he had just finished a shift in a pizza takeaway but scored the ten he needed with the last arrow of the team competition to win gold... great stuff from the British men’s gymnastics team...some superb action on the badminton court and a notable win for the New Zealand women’s hockey team over the Australian rivals... the Hockeyroos (seriously)... although the Aussies didn’t get the rub
of the green (even though the pitch is blue) with a couple of second-half decisions.
The biggest contrast has come in the cycling road races with the much vaunted Mark Cavendish finishing nowhere, whilst Lizzie Armitstead pedalled her way to a brilliant silver medal.
No one would deny that Cavendish is a tremendous athlete and competitor, but I was slightly surprised that he chose to blame rivals for their tactics during the race... effectively being prepared to forego their own chances to ensure the Briton didn’t win. A petulant
end to a post-race interview was probably just a sign of disappointment, but this is the Olympic Games and no one is going to do you any favours... certainly no one from another country. Cavendish had a lot of obstacles to overcome... he didn’t manage it on the day, but if he has paid some sort of price for his talent and sprinting speed, well that’s sport I’m afraid.
Massive congratulations though to Lizzie Armitstead, who got her tactics just right... followed the right breakaway, battled through driving rain and thoroughly deserved to win Team GB’s first medal. Hopefully it will be the first of many...
Tonight... well I’m hoping Rebecca Adlington can get on the podium when she defends her 400m freestyle crown in the pool... not really sure what else is on... don’t really care, I’ll still be glued to the telly!
Finally... and with advance apologies for totally unnecessary sexism... the current leaders in the “most attractive female 2012 Olympian competition”are... in reverse order... Anita Punt (New Zealand hockey), Anastasia Prokopenko (Russia, badminton) and Anna Pysmenska (Ukraine, diving)...but trust me, it’s very early days..!!!
All my own work... almost.