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A "home" Olympics is a double edged sword. It is a "chance of a lifetime" to compete in front of home support but there comes with it increased expectation.All things considered I think the two effects balance each other out and give the Brits a level playing field.Lets hope all the British competitors enjoy their chance of competing in the Olympics and the public and media don't spoil it!
Cavendish, Burton, Gandy, Daley, possibly Ainslie......it's time the Brits realized that successes of the past offer no guarantee for the future, especially not at the Olympics. New talent comes to the fore every time.
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considering that one bad dive, finishing 4th was a remarkable performace from the other 5 dives. The Chinese pair were red hot favourites for gold, so the error cost at most 2 places.
@92. So Bhutan are there as fav to take a medal or just for the occasion, no matter how well they do? As for bottling it, one bad dive is all it takes in that competion. Could of done the same dive 9 times before and everything hunky dory yet sometimes mistakes happen. Just ask any top F1 driver when they skid out of a corner, the same corner they have driven round for the previous 40 laps.
#6 loosing IS a word. It is the present participle of the verb to loose, as of an arrow. Still, I agree that its use is completely inappropriate in the context of winning or otherwise.More to the point, athletes who are only "favourites" to win amongst ignorant outsiders to their sport should not be pilloried for what was a decent performance.
No disgrace, just disappointment we all share when a British sportsman doesnt achieve his potential. We all know its about winning, I guarantee you the athletes feel that more than any of us!And anyone who uses this as an opportunity to be an "internet tough guy" should be ashamed, and yes prosecuted if it is the only effective way to deter this unpleasant modern form of antisocial behaviour
I think the pressure got to both divers. I dont believe the home pressure would have made the pressure worse. The difference between a great athlete and a good one is to learn how to deal with it.They didnt recover their composure after the fourth dive, and looked shocked at themselves as if they didnt expect to dive poorly. They will hopefully learn from this experience and do better in 2016.
@92 "bottled it" Really? Getting to 4th place in the Olympics is 'bottling it'? One slight mistake on one of 6 dives that was the difference between gold and 4th is 'bottling it'?His 'excessive media work' is merely a symptom of the dreadful underfunding of UK sport. I doubt the Chinese had to worry about food on the table during the last 4 years as they 'put those hours into training'
I remember jack nicklaus being interviewed a few years ago and he was asked whats the difference between being good and being great. he said the only difference at the very top is the ability to deal with pressure. so far it seems that our sportsmen and women have been unable to do this. However, we dress this up, elite sport is about one thing - winning
They bottled it when it mattered, comments about his excessive media work certainly seem founded now, put those hours into training as the Chinese would have done and most likely would get a different result.Having the "it's the taking part that counts" view is ridiculous and NONE of the athletes adhere to this in any way,you are a winner or a loser, end of, this isnt the infant school sportsday
@87What has the rating of my posts got anything to do with anything? Desperate for something to pick on eh ;) It sounds like you spend more time focussing on the commentators than you do on the action...you sound like an habitual complainer.
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