Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IS it just me, or has the Olympics lost its shine? I can re­mem­ber the ex­cite­ment when I was a child of watch­ing Shane Gould swim at the 1972 Mu­nich Games. She was 15 years old - only a few years older than me – and was the quin­tes­sen­tial girl next door. She won three gold medals, a sil­ver and a bronze in one the most amaz­ing in­di­vid­ual Olympic per­for­mances of all time. It made a gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian chil­dren be­lieve they could strive for glory. I joined the lo­cal swim­ming club and com­peted for sev­eral years. I never reached any great heights but I made good friends and was healthy and fit. There have been many other great Olympic high­lights since but this year the ath­letes seem very dis­tant. Much of the me­dia cov­er­age has been about drug cheats and the rest has been about pol­lu­tion, crime and poor ac­com­mo­da­tion in Rio. No doubt heroes will emerge but I won’t be sit­ting up un­til the wee hours to watch them.

Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

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