I've got to admit I'm not a huge follower of the Olympics. Actually this year you could almost say I am doing anything I can to not follow the Olympics. What can I say?... I don't enjoy watching sport on television, it bores me! I'm sure I'd be more into it if I were there.
Although I'm not watching, I do enjoy listening to the radio updates letting me know our current Medal Tally and the goings on over in London and I have to say I am completely ashamed!
As most, if not all of you would know Australia's medal tally has been lower than the norm in comparison to the last few Olympics where we have always seen great success. This has caused the media and general public to go off on a tangent as to how bad the team is that we've sent over. How these athletes are woeful, terrible, shocking, crappy!
We are sitting on 11 medals at the end of day 6. 1 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze. Placing us in the 16th position on the leader board. Is it really as bad as everyone is making out?
In something that absolutely blew me away, they've also taken aim at Leisel Jones' weight which is a low blow for anyone. While she tried to shrug it off and switch it to something that was going to fire her up there's no doubt that would have been a hurtful blow. As far as I'm concerned qualifying and then finishing 5th is a awesome effort on the best of days let alone those where your own country isn't being supportive of you.
Did we help or hinder?
People lets remember that the athlete's that are in London representing us are the best we have to offer. There is no one in this country better. That is why they are there. They have trained extremely hard for their moment, most since a very young age, giving their lives to training. Meanwhile we sit on our couch, stuffing our faces with chips and beer screaming at the television that they should have done better.
I don't care if these guys turn up and come last, they deserve our respect. These guys and girls are over there representing Australia as part of the worlds best in their sport and to even make it to the games is to be respected. Well done to our Olympic team. You are doing us proud.