On Thursday night our time, New Zealand won an Olympic gold medal in the rowing (men’s double sculls event).
Then on Friday night another in the men’s pairs, and a third gold in the men’s single sculls.
The two teams had totally different tactics – the first came from behind, the second led from the front for almost the entire race.
When the first team were about halfway through the race and sitting in 5th place of six, I resigned myself to the thought they weren’t going to get anywhere and nearly stopped watching, but John said “don’t give up on them yet!” He knew of the tactics they usually employed in a race. I could hardly believe my eyes when in the last 500m or so they moved up from 5th, to 3rd (bronze position), then 2nd (silver), then they were taking on the leader and passed them to win the gold medal.
There is a lesson in this – don’t give up. It isn’t over until it’s over!
The playing of the NZ national anthem at the medal ceremony on Thursday night was quite an emotional moment for us. I wondered if a single gold medal means as much to those big countries like the USA and China, who win multiple medals of every colour at an Olympic games.
Feeling very proud to be a Kiwi today, and inspired by the athletes’ commitment to do their utmost and not give up, even when it looks as though the odds are stacked against them. It seems it’s all about belief in yourself and your ability to push through the barriers and achieve something very special.
Golden Daffodils – in honour of our athletes