THE Olympic Games – “the Greatest Show On Earth”.
Ever since GB was awarded the Games seven years ago, we’ve been told London 2012 was going to be amazing.
But I don’t think even Sebastian Coe and Co could have dared to believe it would be this good.
When you get sports-phobes like my wife asking questions like “When’s Cav racing” (she’s from the Isle of Man), you know it’s captured the imagination of everyone.
From the incredible opening ceremony, through Wiggins, Ainslie, Murray, the track cyclists, the rowers and now our track-and-field stars, it’s been one long success story. And that’s before you consider the exploits of Michael Phelps, or the truly inspirational sight of Oscar ‘Bladerunner’ Pistorius.
The best thing is, it’s not over yet.
WHAT a shame Wigan’s Holly Bleasdale was unable to bring home a medal in the pole vault last night (Monday).
Holly seemed to let the occasion get the better of her.
Not surprising, really, given she’s just 20. But she’ll be back – no doubt about that.
ON the subject of Wiganers at the Olympics, spare a thought for someone who’ll be watching the women’s 800m final on Saturday night with an overwhelming sense of what-might’ve-been.
If the events of the last week or so have proved anything, it’s that British athletes can achieve literally anything with the incredible home support behind them.
Jenny Meadows should have been given the chance to chase her Olympic dream too.
THIS weekend’s Super League clash between Wigan and Warrington should be one of the highlights of the year.
The play-off system, of course, means that top-spot is no longer the be-all-and-end-all it used to be. But try telling that to Shaun Wane as he sends his side into the lion’s den.
IT’S pretty much slipped under the radar because of the Olympics, but there’s a major storm brewing ahead of England’s final Test against South Africa next week.
Kevin Pietersen has hinted the Lord’s Test could be his last – at 32 -– because of an apparent fall-out with the ECB.
England are already preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year without the most desructive batsman of his generation. Now he could be lost to the Test arena too.
Which would be a shame.
ONE of the Olympic buzzwords has been ‘legacy’, and the hope is that millions will start running, cycling and swimming to emulate our heroes.
After getting hooked on the energy coming out of the Velodrome, I’ve already picked out my sporting role model.
That old bloke who rides the motorised Hovis bike before the keirin (pictured).