2008 was good – 2012 could even be better!

On August 20, 2008 by

Looking back on the past few days it has been quite an Olympics for our team in the Velodrome.

Seven gold medals, three silver and two bronze – doesn’t sound too bad does it?

Chris Hoy will go down as the legend but it was a huge team performance. Some cynics would say that this shows that if you provide World Class facilities (the Manchester Velodrome) and sort out the infrastructure of the sport then you can actually become good at something. It is how Australia has worked for years, pumping money into public sports facilities and they’ve been terrific, we are only slowly cottoning on to that idea.

Anyway I digress…

Chris Hoy’s golds in the Men’s Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint has lifted him to the very top of his profession. His team mate Bradley Wiggins was also going for three golds but only came away with two – this would usually be considered a great success but Wiggins was disappointed to of missed out in the Madison – an event where he and his partner are the current World Champions.

Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Romero were the other British cyclists who tasted gold on the track in a solo event. Ed Clancy, Paul Manning and Geraint Thomas were part of the gold medal Team Pursuit team whereas Jason Kenny and Jamie Staff were part of the Team Sprint team.

Britain ruled the Velodrome in China and the future looks extremely bright for London 2012 in this sport.

Ten to watch: Shanaze Reade

On August 5, 2008 by

She might be at home on the BMX but on the track she is also dynamite. She could be wearing gold around her neck in the very near future…