Normally at this point in an Olympic Games, New Zealanders are lamenting the fact that we have no medals while Australia is being buried in gold. Thankfully, due to the Equestrian and Rowing bronze medals, no one is calling for an inquiry – yet. However, some are suggesting the excitement over being second losers twice is a bit overkill. While the Australian swimmers shed tears over failing to stand at the top of the podium, the New Zealand media, and kiwis in general, have been celebrating the fact that we got to stand on one at all.
Sure, it’s only bronze but we’re competing on a world stage alongside 203 other countries who are also desperate to bring home some metal.
To be honest, it’s just nice to see us getting excited about something other than that oval balled sport!
Let’s not forget that the Olympics is about pushing the human limit. It’s as ok to be upset at not winning when you’ve put your body through such a tortuous campaign for years to get to this level as it is to celebrate the fact that you actually won a medal.