In these interesting times in which we live, with what seems to be crisis after crisis; at the moment there only seems to be one thing on everyone’s mind and that is... you guessed it – The Olympics.
Then again, this is understandable as Team GB just seem to keep on delivering, outperforming the expectations of many and yesterday outdoing their performance at Beijing four years ago – which itself was hailed a great success.
Day after day now the news is the same ‘Team GB has won a gold medals in ...’ with the newspapers having this on their front pages for what must be a good week, everyday showing an athlete with a beaming smile and clutching a shining medal. The team are doing a smashing job for the country, with (at the time of writing) 22 gold medals, 13 silver and 13 bronze – totalling a staggering 48 medals and allowing Britain to be third in the table below China and USA and quite some way ahead of South Korea who are fourth. This is even more impressive when you compare the size of the countries, with China having a huge population totalling over 1.3 billion people and the USA having a hefty 311 million. For Britain these are said to be our best Olympics in terms of gold medals won in 104 years.
Then of course there is still a good chunk of the week still to go, so who knows how many more medals Britain will get. What is certain though is the feel good factor this has created. It must be nice for journalists on television, radio, newspapers and any other medium to actually be able to talk and write about something positive rather than the constant slew of ‘doom and gloom’, of Economic Armageddon, World War 3 and whatever else. While the negative stories are still rumbling on and will probably be back again soon, for the time being we are actually having something positive to focus on – the tonic that the country desperately needed of late.
What has also been very heartening to see (thankfully with very, very few exceptions) is the good nature of the athletes to each other, and though competing ferociously, there have been words of encouragement, the spirit of taking part and the graciousness in defeat. What’s more, for their part, the crowd have been fantastic too, not only encouraging the athletes from Britain but also those competing from other countries that have few of their own supporters in the crowd. What a positive image of Britain to send out to the rest of the world!
What more is there left to say than congratulations to all those contestants who have won medals so far and good luck to those that have still to take part in events.
Mark joined our one day Anger Management course in September 2009.
Initially he was skeptical, how could a one day course change anything as he and his partner Julie were at the point of breaking up.