Something's gone wrong with the Olympics
By simonri on Aug 18, 2008
I'm not a big sports fan, but I have found this olympics is more and more grabbing my attention. Not just for the fantastic results of the Brits, but for sights such as Usain Bolt 'jogging' to victory in his semi-final of the 100m.
It really is great to see that, despite the media claiming we're a country full of fat children, we have a large pool of world class sporting talent. Of course, the reality is that we've always had this, it's just that until about ten years ago you'd have found that British team members would have been training whilst holding down a full time job. Thanks to the national lottery we can now provide funding to talented athletes without calling on the government to do it.
Despite the great results I doubt we'll ever do better than we did in 1908. It's quite amusing to see how things have changed. The games were being held in the UK and we fielded about a third of all competitors (some events only had Brits participating). The events have also changed a bit; now we have BMX biking and the triathlon (oh, and synchronised swimming which really does stretch the meaning of sport). Back in 1908 we had figure skating, polo and, get this, tug of war.
I wonder what the ancient Greeks would have thought.