Just a few days ago British long jumper and London 2012 Olympic Champion, Greg Rutherford jumped his way to 8.51m in San Diego to set a new British record.
Immediately, his new mark sent off praises and congratulations by several supporters and well-wishers; then of course, there were the praises of several former athletes, coaches and (EXPERTS) who all claimed they knew he had it in him.
Ever since the Rutherford took the Olympic title in London, great expectations were placed on his shoulders to deliver world class performances at major events however this has not been the case unfortunately, and along with his relatively poor performances and a string of injuries, came great criticism by many.
Many times athletes make a big breakthrough and everyone gets excited and starts to make bold predictions on behalf of the athlete but maybe sometimes we need to remember that not everyone is the same. What may have been the right path for some former athletes, may not necessarily be the right one for elite athletes representing their flag today… Pressure pressure pressure… then that athlete will either fade away and get more criticism or eventually make a breakthrough once again and then (WE) are back on the bandwagon. Not cool!
In the case of Rutherford, I’m sure everyone heard all the commentary of some former athletes during live events and even in the print media but now that the British record is at a new mark, its a big change of tune!
Gotta love the statement of one former British athlete that (Rutherford is a bit insensitive with his reaction to their statement and that he is a good athlete however he won the Olympic gold without the strongest of fields)!
What about a simple motivating and inspiring rather than begin a mere (commentator and a pundit) as you refer to yourself??? This instance is on the senior level and it definitely exist on the junior level which is why so many aspiring young athletes do so well for only a few years the fall off the face of the earth.
Let’s try to support and inspire our athletes much more than this guys and maybe learn to keep our openly (EXPERT) comments to ourselves if it will not be for positive development within our sport!
Just thought we would throw that out there… Rant over…