The demise of the great white hope

August 17, 2004

One of the images that struck me in the lead up to the Olympics is US swimmer Michael Phelps telling the word that he would be winning 8 gold medals at the Olympics in a fashion that can only be described as arrogant to the max. He was going to win everything he competed him. 3 events down, 1 Gold medal. Beaten by Ian Thorpe over 200m. Thorpe himself has now one 2 from 2. The difference is telling: Thorpe, the model of honest modesty with style, stated before hand that he would endeavour to do his best and made no promises of Olympic Gold.
Big words do not always make for big action.