It has also been an inspiring end to the Olympics week 1 full-stop for team GB. The Team GB Rowing Squad have had the best Olympic result ever with a total of 9 medals being won! The finally tally was 4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze (breakdown here) which a fantastic result and 3 medals up on Beijing. What is even more exciting is that of the 4 golds, 3 were won by women’s crews; after so many years of no female rowing medals and we suddenly get 3.
As I said in my last blog, just seeing a single women’s gold was a complete inspiration, but that just continue in to the closing days of the regatta. It was moving to see Katherine Grainger (with Anna Watkins) finally win her Olympic gold.
Yesterday saw the final women’s success in the closing day of the regatta, Kat Copeland and Sophie Hoskings won our first ever Lightweight Women’s rowing medal in the LW2x. I think they also had the best reaction I have seen – upon crossing the finishing line Kat looked around confused and then flung her arms round Sophie shouting “We won the Olympics!”. Great response – good job girls!
Despite my obvious passion for rowing, everyone was also thrilled to see Rebecca Adlington get 2 bronze medals this week in the 400m and 800m free-style in the pool. Jessica Ennis also accomplished her gold in the Heptathlon yesterday. Both of these amazing athletes managed this in spite of tremendous public pressure / expectation. The men have not done too badly either 😉