Yup, have been watching a wide range of the events at Olympics .. odd events that few people hear of, or know about – kayak, equestrian, water polo, beach volleyball, gymnastics, sailing, cycling, rowing, etc., we have medal-level competitors in so many events - and have to admit to an extraordinary pride in the exploits and behaviours of our athletes, our young people.
And who could forget a team* of our young women achieving a “world record” by 3(three) seconds or so ..that's three seconds, not 3/10 (tenths) of a second - in the 4X200 relay.. heh. And who could forget the immediate acknowledging touch on the shoulder (and hugs) to the winning swimmer from Germany in the next lane - from one of our widely touted “gold medal hopes”. She has her gold medals, “silver” is enough at this time. A “Champion”, by any sense of the word**.
Am not particularly concerned whether Australians “won” - or will win - any particular “gold” medals .. though we have, so far, perhaps more than our “fair share”.
ESPECIALLY IF ONE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERS THE POPULATION NUMBERS THAT WE DRAW THEM FROM.
What other country with a TOTAL population of 20 (twenty) million; and a history of roughly 250 years in the Current Era .. old and young - men, women and children - can claim so many excellent people – capable of Olympic standards?
Am not a mathematician, but it would be interesting – when the Beijing 2008 spectacular is over and done with - to see whether there was some way of constructing a list portraying a “medals per head of population” ratio.
[ * was watching the ABC1 “quanda” (Question and Answer) program the other night, where Germaine Greer gave the impression of wondering whether the “feminist revolution” had run its course. Doubt it, is still alive and well – in Australia, at least ..heh.
** Always trust the Aussie media to skew the view .. heh ]