Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Gallimaufry 31:07:12


Our First Gold Medal



Adam writes…

Who are the most important people at the Olympic Games?

I didn’t realize it until last Friday, but it’s the Olympians’ mothers.

As we Tweeted last week, Christian Schurr Voight’s mother joined us on the Rock’n’Roll London walk last Friday.

Christian competed for Mexico in the 200m Breaststroke this morning, Tuesday 31st July.







We cheered for Christian online at www.bbc.co.uk



His mom gave us our first gold medal… for hospitality.


“The British people,” she said, “are so welcoming, we have had such kindness and friendliness.

“It is a privilege to be an Olympian, to take part,” she said, in echo of the great Coubertin, founder of the modern Games.

She showed me the stamp on her wrist, the mark of a visitor to the Olympic Village. And she was nearly bursting with pride.

I’ve met Olympians before – the great Alan Wells and David Wilkie, both gold-winning childhood heroes of mine – but I’ve never met an Olympian’s mum before.

Meeting an Olympian’s mum was the greater treat.

Well done Mrs Schurr Voight! I’ve seldom seen anyone so proud.


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Olympic Mums 2

Yesterday I watched Team GB swimmer Rebecca Addlington’s mum on the BBC. The interviewer suggested that Becky’s bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle was somehow a disappointment.

Shame on the interviewer!

“She’s over the moon!” replied the proud parent, adding, “I’m over the moon!”

We’re over the moon, too, Mrs A! Go Rebecca! Go Rebecca’s mum!


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Olympic Mums 3

Good luck to HRH the Princess Royal as she watches her daughter Zara Phillips compete at Greenwich today!


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