Has Britains Olympic medal score boosted you.

Duncan G

Well-known Member
Do you feel happier or more confident due to our Olympic medal success?

I'm pleased we are doing so well and the results should help our economy by way of the feel good factor.
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
Never felt so proud to be British. Not just because of the Athletes but everyone who has been involved in the organisation, from the top to the bottom. My Wife took my son to the Triathlon the other day and she said the volunteers lining the streets ensuring everyone got where they were going were amazingly helpful. Can't believe I thought the London Olympics was going to be a total cluster **** and was considering leaving town for the duration. Typically British cynicism! Its been a marvel on every level!

I met a guy from Panasonic the other day. He has been installing projection equipment for the opening and closing ceremonies. He said the closing ceremony is going to be something special too!
 

MIghtyG

Well-known Member
I was in the 'who cares camp' Thought it was going to be a disaster, logistically, security wise, catastrophic failures in every way. I thought we would do averagely and be shamed by the likes of Amaerica, china, russia and Australia.


Now a few weeks in, although im watching it on the TV alone and live hundreds of mies away. It has been fantastic, great to watch, amazing to see the British team doing so well and great to see the attitudes of the athletes when they win or lose.

And the BBC's coverage of it with the ability to watch any event that is on is fantastic.

Have to say, big hand to the organizers and helpers on every level of the event. Great job! :smashin:
 

BISHI

Well-known Member
Will be interesting to see how much will be invested in our athletes before the next games, I suspect money will dry up , legacy projects allowed to atrophy, school playing fields sold off and grass roots sports funding disappear. I really hope this hasn't been a one time investment just to look good on an international stage and that we can continue to do well in the future. We have four years to wait ..!
 

logiciel

Moderator
No - why on earth would it have any effect of that kind?
I too am pleased that they - not we! - do well but why would that make any difference to anyone either than them?
Of course the organisation is good - nothing special about that - it ought to be good for that kind of money!
Some of the idiotic things that some people do in the name of the great deity Sport have been good for a laugh.
And of course there will be more entertainment, as well as relief, in that closing ceremony.
 
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SBanga

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No - why on earth would it have any effect of that kind?
I too am pleased that they - not we! - do well but why would that make any difference to anyone either than them?
Totally agree. I'm glad for them and glad that Britain is so high up the medals table, beating much bigger countries than ourselves. However, I'm not proud and there isn't a "we" about it. I haven't contributed to their success other than supporting them on TV.
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Can't fail to see how it hasn't affected everybody in the UK?
 

nonumb

Well-known Member
It's given me a sense of pride and encouraged me to sort out my bike and go cycling. So its had a positive effect on me.
 

Trollslayer

Distinguished Member
Very proud in part for the competitors and in part the way the crowds have supported the competitors, British or not.
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
Its been proven that sporting glory can often have a knock on effect on the economy. Last big example was of course the amazing feel good factor and dramatic boost to the Greek economy when they won the European Championships. And look at them now :D

To logicel and SBanga **snip**, what is/does make you proud to be British?

EDIT: Ignore the SBanga comment. Got you mixed up with a different member ;)
 

Courtjezter

Distinguished Member
Agree about being very proud. I felt similarly to MIghtyG, but have been completely surprised by how i have enjoyed watching it. I never for the life of me believed i would be sat, in front of my TV, cheering on some bloke doing some handstands on a Pommel Horse. I believe that a lot of our more high profile sports people could learn a lot from the way the olympic teams conduct themselves and display a similar sense of pride in representing their nation. It is good to have some genuine sports role models for our kids to look up to and aspire to emulate.

Now if we could utilise the methods and techniques our GB cyclists use in some more mainstream sports then the we could be true world beaters in 4 years time.
 

Scotteh

Active Member
Makes me proud as well, we're always negative as a nation when it comes to these type of events, "It costs too much", "what a waste of money", "transport will be horrible". Living in London I thought transport would be horrible, but it's really not been at all and credit to the organisers for ensuring everything runs smoothly.

What also made me proud was the opening ceremony highlighting the achievements Britain has given the world and what we are capable of; something in this day and age I think people like to forget. We're a proud nation with a long history and seeing our athletes do so well has been great.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
I'm very suprised just how much of the Olympics that I have actually watched. I think more than anything else the British crowds have come across as being very supportive of every athlete regardless of nationality and it has shown Britain in a terrific light around the world. I've really enjoyed the the games and somewhat proud of how well Britain has hosted it.

Yes I pleased with how well we've done but being boosted, well that's down to the Six Nations....................did I mention I'm Welsh.:devil:
 

BISHI

Well-known Member
SBanga said:
Totally agree. I'm glad for them and glad that Britain is so high up the medals table, beating much bigger countries than ourselves. However, I'm not proud and there isn't a "we" about it. I haven't contributed to their success other than supporting them on TV.
If you are a tax payer then you certainly will have contributed towards the expense of the Olympics and the funding made available to our athletes .!
 

nonumb

Well-known Member
I think it's great and shows how for a small country we are able to punch well above our weight.

Lawrence Clark was at Bristol uni when I was and my ex used to train with him, I thought it was great for him to be able to compete on a world stage in front of a home crowd and perform incredibly well.

Many people will be connected to the athletes by just a few people and it shows us in a good light how we can get behind them even in sports that we don't normally have the exposure to.
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
So true. Isn't the British isles smaller then Florida!? Amazing achievement by all involved to be sat 3rd in the table.
 

Philly112

Distinguished Member
I'm not sure if the medals have boosted me to be honest. It's the whole Olympic experience that should be boosting all of us. Let's face, it - it's been brilliantly run; a once in a lifetime experience. I don't know what the whingers want out of our country to make them feel good. But I'm sure that there will be threads after this which will give them their say.

Phil
 
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Philly112

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To logicel and SBanga **snip**, what is/does make you proud to be British?

;)

Maybe they're not proud to be British. If hosting a massively successful Olympics doesn't do it, I'm really not sure what will.

Phil
 
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Duncan G

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So true. Isn't the British isles smaller then Florida!? Amazing achievement by all involved to be sat 3rd in the table.

Not such an amazing achievement when you consider we used to control half the world and called it the British Empire.:p
 

Foebane72

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I had a feeling these Olympics would be an inspirational and organisational disaster back in the day, but the Gold Rush of medals for Team GB has really made me psyched up for a final third or even second place in the medal table! (Here's hoping! :D)

I was wondering what the big deal of the 1908 Olympics was, and why it's so important that our success was equivalent to that, but have you actually looked at the medal table for that year? Team GB got over 140+ medals, 50 Gold and about three times more than the next nation down on the list!

The UK is a sporting nation, and it's only right that they, especially being the hosts, should do so well! But it'll all be over by Sunday night. :(

Here's hoping the Paralympics will be just as successful! :clap:
 

Philly112

Distinguished Member
I was wondering what the big deal of the 1908 Olympics was, and why it's so important that our success was equivalent to that, but have you actually looked at the medal table for that year? Team GB got over 140+ medals, 50 Gold and about three times more than the next nation down on the list!
I think that the Police won tug of war in those Olympics:D
There were also no African nations competing. It was more of a 'club' in those far off days.

Phil
 
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dc8900

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I think that the Police won tug of war in those Olympics:D

Phil
indeed, and it was a British clean sweep!

Gold: City of London Police
Silver: Liverpool Police
Bronze: Metropolitan Police "K" Division (by default as the Stockholm Police didn't bother to turn up for the 3rd place play off)

Clearly, we should bring it back for the 2016 or 2012 Olympics!
 

Philly112

Distinguished Member
indeed, and it was a British clean sweep!

Gold: City of London Police
Silver: Liverpool Police
Bronze: Metropolitan Police "K" Division (by default as the Stockholm Police didn't bother to turn up for the 3rd place play off)

Clearly, we should bring it back for the 2016 or 2012 Olympics!
Yes - a few more high calorie curries and I'll be in the team:smashin: I could pull backwards. Sort of a 'tug of barf'.

Phil
 
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