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On Team GB, Heroes and Trolls

Well it's the last day of these most extraordinary Olympic Games and there is no let up in the pride and joy most of us have experienced during this past fortnight. Farah, Pendleton, Wiggins, Ennis, Hoy, Adlington, Trott et al have made their names immortal for a generation and beyond. Together with the amazing talents of their fellow Olympians from around the world, they have brought us the very best in sport and human endeavour. 

Amongst all this, one of our most gifted athletes, Tom Daley, fought his way to a Bronze Medal having dealt with an all too common attack from an internet 'troll'. This he did with dignity and calm. The fashion of hate dwellers to criticise in this anonymous and deeply cowardly way is a sad by-product of the wonders of the internet age. To all those who have suffered in this manner, these words by Teddy Roosevelt may offer some comfort.

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."


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Reader Comments (2)

Very well written & so true!

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura S

Days after the incredible landing of Curiosity on Mars, NASA tested their next generation lander: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=-hvlG2JtMts Not wanting to give spoilers, but it makes you realise the term "crash and burn" is terribly overused.

As JFK said, we choose to do thing not because they are easy, but because they are hard. What Tom Daley does is incredibly hard, that's why he does it, and why we admire him.

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDunstan

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