A week off work and it’s back to earth with a bump. I don’t quite know what to do without being able to watch the Olympics. I mean, there are more possible golds to be had, like Tim Brabants in the men’s K1 1,000 metre singles for goodness sake!
But if the Olympics is great at bringing glory to otherwise obscure sports, it is can also bring heartbreak to higher profile athletes. Nearly eleven million people watched everyone’s favourite, Paula Radcliffe, crash out of the marathon last night. All the expectations of the nation evaporated like water on the Athens tarmac.
You’d think that Paula would have had the sympathy of the nation. Not a bit of it. Listening to the radio this morning, there were comments that she was a disgrace and that she should be banned for giving up on the race â€œjust because she knew she couldn’t win. How heart-warming!
Presumably this came from some overweight, non-exercising, armchair pundit as he sipped a cold beer while demanding that Paula should win in the searing heat of Athens. It beggars belief.