We in the UK and Oz know that the Winter Olympics take place in far off lands and involve sports which are as ridiculous and they are incomprehensible. All we know is that the Ruskies take drugs as they did this week to ensure medals in curling(!).
Although we both win odd medals our role is the Olympian ideal of taking part.Yet both countries have created some of their finest sporting legends from these games.
Eddie the eagle was blind,hopeless and useless in somany respects but he won the world’s heart as an honest trier. So much so that the worlds worst ski jumper became a successful film.We Brits know that this worship of aloser is just a symptom of our real belief that as natural winners all competition is really pointless.
For Australians their story comes from Salt Lake City in 2002. Speed skater Steve Bradbury is nearly as bad as Eddie. He fails in his heat but a disqualification means he goes through to the semi final. Three pile up he goes from last the second and into the final. There four pileup and he goes from last to a gold. Doing a Bradbury is proof of the Ozzie spirit, that if you keep trying you dont became a glorious loser but a triumphant winner. Ruskies know that you have more chance if you take drugs. Ozzies keep trying and we give up(and make a movie).