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14
Jul

Olympic excitement!

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Tomorrow the Olympic Torch Relay passes through our area and I'm really excited about seeing it in Fareham! I love this part of the build-up to the Games. Yes, the Olympics will be recorded in the annals of sports history as the "London" Olympics but the Torch Relay allows the event to be a national celebration - and quite right too since our athletes are drawn from all corners.And I hope the celebratory scenes that have greeted the flame as it has toured the country will continue throughout the Olympic and Paralympic competition and not be influenced by the negative attitudes that the press seem to revel in with regard to our national teams and athletes.

We fought hard in our bid to win the Olympics - I can still remember witnessing the news images when the result was announced to a jubilant crowd in Trafalgar Square. But before the streamers had landed, the press were commenting that we couldn't live up to the Beijing spectacle, that the stadiums wouldn't be finished in time etc etc. Their focus always seems to be on potential failure rather than an optimistic approach. Take this headline from today's The Telegraph, for example: "Team GB's Long History of Distance Athletes Who Have Tried and Failed in Their Bid for Olympic Gold". The article starts by celebrating Mo Farah's win at yesterday's European Championships and pointing out that he is a front-runner (excuse the pun) for Gold at the Olympics. But rather than maintain this celebratory tone, it quickly becomes a list of previous hopefuls who have (in the eyes of the press at least) failed to live up to their potential. Why not continue to celebrate Farah by likening him to previous Gold Medal winners instead?
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