Its fair to say that this week the UK has gone Olympic crazy! Ever since the absolute wonder that was Isles of Wonder from the incredible Danny Boyle and crew last Friday we have been treated to an absolute relentless feast of the most amazing kind! The depth, brilliance and courage of so many athletes, the stories and the triumphs are simply overwhelming and just amazing. Just like the stirring pre Isles of Wonder ‘Nimrod‘ we seem to be getting a glimpse or foretaste of just how good life and community can be at its best! Jenny Pollock’s brilliant piece of writing also put a lot into perspective for me.
Already less than half way through the games it seems as though there is an overwhelming number of moments, medals, stories and stirring moments that will live long in the memory. The stories, the depth and the sense of people coming together and being united
I had the joy and delight of lining the streets of Teddington on Wednesday afternoon to witness and be part of the Men’s time trial race and see the awesome Bradley Wiggins claim Gold for team GB! It was a magical moment. The moment made even more beautiful for me by the kindness of the amazing lady who offered us her chairs. The conversation and banter with Irish, Australian and Canadian folk who watched the race side by side and shared that wow moment!
The courage, commitment, dedication and stories are inspiring and brilliant. Its utterly impossible to do anything justice. But just say wow. The athletes, the atmosphere, the commentary, images, volunteers, all this and more just wow! Thank you Seb Coe and many others, many many others who had the courage, vision and belief that this was a good idea. We can be cynical, but I say NO NO NO. I choose to have the courage to fully embrace the Olympic spirit and engagement in and with all that is good about this games.
As Danny Boyle showed last Friday and this week has shown, the humanity and the heart and soul is something that you can’t knock and we would do so at our own loss.
“In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.” Eric Liddell