Team GB is having its most successful ever Olympics, scooping up golds, silvers and bronzes across the board, some in events I never knew existed. Coming in to the closing stages of the Rio Games, Team GB’s gold medal haul put it in second position above China, an incredible achievement. Britain has a population of 61 million, less than 5% of China’s 1.4 billion.
Singling out any particular achievement amongst this glittering array is invidious, but | can’t help especially admiring the pluck and persistence of veteran Olympian Nick Skelton, who won equestrian gold at the ripe age of 58. After a hip replacement and a broken neck (in two places), not to mention several attempts over three decades to lift gold, he and his trusty steed Big Star held their nerve in a nail-biting jump off.
It’s great to know that somewhere amidst the Brexit blues and obesity epidemic there are people training hard every day for years to make their dream come true. Congratulations to the GB medallists, and commiserations to those that didn’t make it to the winners’ podium this time round – remember Nick Skelton.