I’ll confess that, outside the avenue of the Olympics, I don’t watch a lot of track and field sports. I am vaguely aware of when records are set, and some names are familiar to me (Usain Bolt, Linford Christie, Jessica Ennis, Michael Phelps), but the only time I might watch Olympic sports is… well… during the Olympics!
When I watch proceedings, it’s pretty much a case of ‘whatever’s on at the time’. I remember watching as GB’s Women’s Pursuit Team smashed world record after world record in cycling, on their way to a gold medal. It was a glorious performance, a display of power and determination, leaving no one in any doubt that these women were prime Olympians. As a Brit, watching Britain’s Olympians take gold after gold at that glorious 2012 Games on home soil… it was brilliant and emotional. Mo Farah’s victory in the 10,000 metres, Jessica Ennis-Hill winning the heptathlon… I enjoyed watching it all, but none of it is stuff I would go out of my way to watch on another day.
If I had to pick, it would be the cycling, which is fast and furious.