Summer 2012 has already become one to remember. One to talk about in distant years when we can indulge in the joys of reminiscing: ‘I remember where I was when _______’ (fill in the blanks). However, there are so many moments to choose from so far… it might take a full week of tea breaks/ happy hours to rave about them all – and who knows how many more are to come before the season is over!
And not all the moments to remember will be good ones. When the news flashed up on twitter that Paula Radcliffe had withdrawn from the Olympic marathon, it was something I didn’t really want to read. At the time I was in Arizona and awake early to watch the women’s cycling road race. A tiny Brit in a glossy white cycling helmut, Emma Pooley, was making an attack at the front of the peloton. Very exciting for a Sunday morning! I was trying to send a message via twitter to my sister who was watching out on the course, but instead I started following hashtags about Paula. Oh social media. The morning’s events only bore true the often contradictory nature of the sporting life: a British athlete won a medal (Lizzie Armistead), as another bowed out of her chance to take one home.
Emma Pooley out in front during the Olympic women’s cycling road race.
But with every down there is an up, and for Freya Murray (the talented reserve runner, who will have to take some time off work…) the chance of a lifetime. An opportunity to join the line up on August 5th at 11am GMT as an Olympic athlete, as part of Team GB, as a marathon runner.
I have decided to follow the Olympics from my laptop, connecting to the live stream from NBC – intermixed with clips from ESPN and the Guardian, whilst checking the twitter feed, instagram and maybe even facebook!! Track & Field starts on Friday and it’s going to be EPIC! The only difficulty from Hawaii is the time change, but for some things I don’t mind becoming nocturnal…
This post is dedicated to Paula Radcliffe – a lifelong role model (whose poster was on my kitchen wall during college running years) and world record holder for the women’s marathon.