This Olympic Games have shown some serious grit from British athletes.
In the wash of narrowly coming 4th, 5th and or even last, they bowl up to an expectant BBC camera, look down it, and vow solemnly one of these lines straight out of Sports Psychology 101:
‘It was the journey, not the destination’
‘This is just a bump in the road’
‘Obviously I’d have liked to have done better but I’m happy with that’
‘It’s just great to be here’
All while beaming, shrugging their shoulders, and seeming generally 150% ok with that.
Really?? After HOURS and HOURS and HOURS of tedious, lonely, painful, stressful, sometimes boring, sober, early, late, long, hours of training… that’s your gut reaction?!
That’s medal-worthy if you ask me.
How about some Andy Murray tears?? We’d understand! Really, we would.
You’ve just not entered the history books in front of your home crowd. We’d understand a quivering lower lip.
There must be some gun sports psychologists led by Dr Mark Bawden, who is also the head sports psychologist at the EIS.
Oop, just seen on the Beebs – they fudged the starter gun in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final so the girls had to wait for techies to fix it.
Just another hurdle to jump!