Day 199. Simply Awful

“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy”. F. Scott Fitzgerald

So true. Unfortunately. I have to say I am really saddened by the news, or what we know of it, about Oscar Pistorius. Far be it from me to try and convict him clay feetwithout knowing all the facts, but you’ve got to admit, it’s not looking very good.

Even if it was an honest mistake, it’s still a horrific event. A young woman lost her life needlessly. And a young man who overcame so much, and become so victorious, has also lost much. The respect and adoration of millions; and, almost certainly, his future.

Regardless of the judge’s verdict his life, and the lives of many others, will never be the same again.

Can you believe it? I can’t.

One minute he was the world’s first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics in London, in 2012, followed by a gold medal win and a new record set in the 2012 Paralympics. And the next, he was being

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Day 9. The Games

Well …  the flame’s extinguished, the flags have been lowered, the athletes are back home, the Brits are back at work and for all we know, at this very moment HRH Queen Elizabeth is rehearsing for her next cameo appearance.  While London 2012, and the Olympics in general, are still fresh in our minds, it feels like a good time for some reflection.  I’m sure a lot of what I’m about to say will be unpopular but, c’est la vie.  It’s my opinion, I’m entitled to it, and anyone who wants to disagree is more than welcome to do so.

Yes, there were a great many wonderful, breathtaking, inspiring, touching and, even, heartbreaking moments:

Oscar Pistorius, making history, as he ran the men’s 400-metre heat — and then, in a spontaneous and respectful gesture, being embraced by Kirani James, the Grenadian teenager who won the Gold.  Sarah Attar, also making history, as she ran, covered from head to toe, in the women’s 800-metre heat — and the standing ovation she received, despite finishing last.  The determination, commitment, spirit, grit and teamwork that went into Team USA’s Gold in the 4x100m medley relay Continue reading