This blog is being written during the early days of the Olympics, so many athletes, such as Sir Chris Hoy, have not had the opportunity to shine at all of their chosen events. The whole nation though was very moved, if not a little puzzled, by Danny Boyle’s impressive opening ceremony, which culminated in the seemingly endless parading of national flags by hundreds of the participants.
As we all now know, cycling star Sir Chris Hoy was chosen to carry the British flag. The triple Beijing Olympic medalist – who also won gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004 – proudly led 542 members of the British team into the stadium with the Union Jack waving aloft.
Sir Chris said, “This is a huge honour for me. I was absolutely delighted when I found out on the previous Sunday, and I’m still in shock. To lead out your team at an Olympic Games is the stuff of dreams. When it’s a home Olympics, it’s even more special.”
Britain is in awe of the cycling world after Bradley Wiggins’s victory in the Tour de France and gold in the road race. True to form, whilst actually writing this blog, Chris Hoy has just picked up another gold on the track. So his earlier belief in the morale within the British cycling team has been justified. He said, “Everyone is confident, happy and settled. Things couldn’t be much better.” Good luck to one and all for the rest of this fantastic event.