When you come from the Land Down Under, the Winter Olympics is usually a time to sit back and watch in awe as all those cold nations vie for the ultimate prize - a gold medal. Yes, we did win our first gold way back in 2002 when our hero Steve Bradbury was the last man standing in the short track ice skating event. And yes, we did win two golds in 2006 which was pretty remarkable for a country covered mainly in desert. When Torah Bright stood up to the pressure and won the Snowboard event after suffering three concussions and a dislocated jaw in six weeks, we all went a little crazy.
This is the beaming face at the medal presentation today. I do hope Mr Samsung is impressed with my product placement.
So here is my effort for Shadow Shot Sunday, again courtesy of Mr Samsung:
The medal reminded me of my favourite handbag:
All this Olympic activity has brought back some painful memories for me. It is a little known fact that in my mid teens I was an elite athlete. No one was more stunned than me, apart perhaps from my parents, when in my last year at school I was elected captain of one of the sports teams. I was the sort of runner who blacked out if I ran more than 50 metres. However, I found my niche and after many months of training, it all paid off.
I was too young to be chosen for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, so I bided my time for the Rome Games of 1960. You can imagine the devastation felt when the Egg & Spoon event was dropped from the Olympic programme. All those years of training down the drain. To this day I don't have sugar in my coffee because I can't bear to pick up a teaspoon.
So here's to our golden girl - her beautiful smile helps to take away my pain at the thought of what might have been.