NO SLEEP IS LOST OVER THE GAMES
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