Olympians Should Acted Like It

During my recent break with my local scout troop we were unfortunate enough to meet an olympic gold medalist. I say unfortunate because this was some one I thought would be an inspirational figure and someone the 4 teenagers I was with would look up to. However instead of passing us by during the coast to coast adventure race James Cracknell unleashed a 4 letter tyraid and proceeded down the mountain avoiding the path and further setting a poor example to the impressionable youths in my care.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to meet a few sports stars from sports such as ice hockey, rugby, golf, speedway, football, cycling and can say that those players have given a good account of themselves and their sport.
I firmly believe that a player of any sport has a responsiblity to promote themselves, club, sponsor and sport no matter what they are doing. And if you are fortunate enough to be an olympian let alone a gold medalist you have a great responsibility as you are more well known. I can say that the other 3 or 4 adventure racers we encountered did do this. Some even managing a quick thank you as our group moved out of the way to let them past on the fell running stage.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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