So what of the Olympics? Well my lucky daughter got to go to the final day of the gymnastics thanks to a competition win by one of the her friends. Between work and special needs I have struggled to watch much of it, but I loved parts of the Opening Ceremony and the heartwarming stories and the amazing performances, and the medals that the Irish are starting to win, with the golden hopes of an entire nation on the shoulders of a young woman from Bray in Co. Wicklow today. The wonderful Katie Taylor.
Watching Katie made me think about the sporting moments that stick in my memory and really they are all athletics, well maybe apart from Llanelli beating the All Blacks in 1972 during the glory years of Welsh Rugby.
Here's my list, what's yours?
Sonia O'Sullivan winning the silver medal in the 5000m at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. I love this video of her career highlights.
Watching Roger Black win anything, but especially his silver medal in 1996 at the Olympics in Atlanta where he was only beaten by the awesome Michael Johnson.
I dared to hope that Irish sprinter Paul Hession might achieve something unexpectedly amazing when he made history in 2010 as the first Irishman to qualify for the finals of the 200 metres in the European Athletics Championships. He ran 20.71 seconds, finishing in 6th place.
My own golden moment and the sweetest revenge on my games teacher who once accused me of cheating when I set out with the second group on the cross country run and caught up with the first:
|(It says Knightsmead Half Marathon Winner 1987)|
And for me the most inspiring run ever was Liz McColgan winning the 10,000m in the 1991 Tokyo World Championships by leading from the front and never EVER giving up. Watch the last few minutes here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhoE8Jjv7xs