What the Olympics really mean?

With the population content to cheer and line the streets, but when it really matters?

And what other sport has to deal with the attitude we get as cyclists on the road? I certainly haven’t noticed any sudden courtesy to cyclists in the wake of us being the most successful British team in the Olympics. I cycle to the velodrome most days and I have one narrow escape for every hour on the road. I just think, ‘Holy shit, I could die on my bike out here.’

To a cyclist, these bloody motorists might as well be running around with a loaded gun. When you have that sort of attitude towards cyclists how are we going to move our sport into the mainstream?

– Victoria Pendleton, Olympic Gold Medallist, quoted in an interview with the Guardian.

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Money and Sport

So I was recently asked to complete, using my own skill and judgement, in more-or-less 30 words, the following phrase: "The problem with all this money in football is …"

… that it gives [the] sport an over-inflated view of its own importance with the money-making becoming the end in itself, rather than the means to make the sport better, leveraging the sport’s assets, both physical and emotional, exploiting fans’ natural affinity and goodwill for gain that belongs without the sport, e.g. debt reconstruction and the badge-kissing, club-hopping mercenaries.