Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan -you are legends! this pair of Southern men had me riveted to the televsion screen last night watching them win Gold. I have sat up much later than usual since this fantastic spectacle that is the London Olympics began. It is a chance every four years to appreciate the absolute dedication and commitment of the world’s best athletes to their chosen sport, and to get a birdseye view of the world’s best athletes competing for the ultimate prize. Sky TV have being showing amazing slow-motion montages of the athletes – such a brilliant vehicle for reading emotions – the elation, the hope, the pain, the despair, the anguish, the triumph, literally the agony and the ecstacy – its magic.
Watching Cohen and Sullivan win gold in the men’s Double Skulls at Eton Dorney was so tense and exciting, so uttering gripping and ultimately rewarding. It was nailbiting stuff- especially since they seemed to leave their run quite late. What does Rowing New Zealand feed its athletes? they are an incredible squad – like so many before them. Tonight, there is a promise of adding more gold to the tally…. GO Eric, GO Hamish , GO Mahe! Go New Zealand! I am guessing there will one of these tonight – this photo was taken by my daughter at the Beijing Olympics – team Haka!
The New Zealand Herald has some great reactions from other New Zealand Olympians here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10824309
I particularly like Greg Henderson’s comment ” Double Scullers will be double sculling tonight.”