Team GB show inspires Newcastle defender Steven Taylor
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has said watching Great Britain's Olympians opened his eyes to the commitment and dedication of the athletes.
Taylor and his team-mates were avid viewers throughout the London Games, in which Team GB won 29 golds and 65 medals in total.
"Seeing the Great Britain team and all the medals that have been won, I can't believe it," Taylor told BBC Newcastle.
"You see the pain they've gone through and we've spoken about it as a team."
He added: "We can't believe how much pain they've gone through."
The Magpies showed determination and team spirit of their own last season, as boss Alan Pardew turned a mid-table Premier League outfit into Europa League qualifiers.
"The gaffer touched upon it last game, he wants players coming off the pitch having given their all, bodies battered, having physically given everything to the team," Taylor said.
"If you get to 80 minutes and you've got nothing left, flag your hand in the air and get someone else on.
"It's going to be a long season and we need everyone performing 100% or we'll struggle."