I can also recall leaving a lunch the day before I flew to Lexington for the 2010 World Equestrian Games; the departing morale booster from a fairly senior member of one of the Disciplines was “I hope it goes well out there as there are plenty of people back here with their knives out for you if it does not”.......that was....different!
Sentimental rubbish over. Well this is my third Olympics (I am a newcomer in comparison to many within equestrian)...you do not believe it is my third? Well please see proof.....I have three Olympic wash bags...photographic evidence....
|Team GB Washbags from Athens, Beijing and London Games|
I guess you are thinking ...why is he in London so early..the equestrian Venue does not open until 22nd July...he must be keen. Well there is method in my madness. The Olympic Village opens tomorrow (Monday 16th July) and as all know....the special edition watches sell out very quickly! Oh yes, the other reason is that the eventing athletes are visiting the Village tomorrow and the eventing grooms on Tuesday. This will allow them to validate their accreditation and get a feel for the Village.
Validating accreditation? At an Olympics you get your accreditation card in advance but it is not valid until it has been “activated” in the system...so each accreditation card has a barcode and if not “activated”, then when your barcode is scanned at the entrance to a Venue, the red lights start flashing and a big hand descends from the clouds and removes you to the sin bin.
So let’s take a step back. The weather has not been kind to us this year and that has impacted on our plans...we started the year on Plan A; I think we are now on Plan YY. Regardless of what the weather has thrown at us, the clock kept ticking. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Selectors who have put their heart and soul in to the process of making selection decisions: It is all too easy to look in and criticise; whether that be the decisions made or the timeframe within which the decisions must be made. Timeframes might not always be ideal for us, the equestrian team, but we are a small cog in a big wheel that is the British Olympic Association. My heart goes out to those that missed out but perhaps even more so to a certain superstar that suffered the pain and disappointment of being selected only for her horse to do what horses can do and go lame. Piggy French has been and will be again, a cornerstone of the GBR eventing team.
I am unpacked....Team GB kit hanging on a rail, ready for action...
|Team GB Kit ready...|