The BBC seems to have come under fire on the social networks this week for their handling of the medal prospects of some members of Team GB.
Take Rebecca Adlington – she’s officially the most successful British swimmer of all time.
She’s achieved four medals in two Olympic Games and if she’d have taken double bronze in Beijing and then gold in London last week nobody would have had anything negative to say.
On Friday evening, however, after Adlington came third in the 800m Freestyle, losing out to teenage superstar Katie Ledecky, certain members of the media seemed to see it as gold lost rather than a bronze gained.
Last Wednesday, just before Helen Glover and Heather Stanning took Britain’s first first-place of the games and our first ever gold in women’s rowing, one of the tabloids decorated its front page with a huge picture of a gold medal and a plea for Team GB to win one.
Would you have wanted to be Tom Daley, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farrah or Jessica Ennis going into their respective events? The media had built the hype around them so much that anything other than a gold medal and a new world record would have been a disappointment. Watching Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter apologise for “only” getting silvers in the Men’s Lightweight Pairs was heart-breaking. Have the rest of us ever got close?
The amazing athletes of Team GB have dedicated years of their lives to training. They have to fund themselves, make sacrifices and push themselves to the limits of human ability. Team GB have done us proud and the London Olympics will surely be regarded as our all-time sporting highlight.
As for the BBC? They’ve done an amazing job making the Olympics more interactive than ever before. It’s certainly been 16 days that we’ll never forget.