I just don't understand this. WHY should she have to finish. The only person she owes anything to is herself. She is the one who has put in years and years of grueling training when NO_ONE had ever heard of her to get to this point. We only get on the bandwagon of ANY athlete when WE want to bask in the glory of OUR great british athlete. What have we done to deserve that..nothing !
Yesterday she looked beaten.She had the right to have a go and on discovering it wasn't in her, had the right to stop.
In the mara. it was different. She COULDN'T go on. When what you do is inseperable from your very being as many vocations are, musicians , artists, climers, athletes the moment when you realise you're losing it calls painfully into question your whole self,your whole being, and in that moment you can't go on. It is bewildering experience. If that doesn't strike a chord in some of you don't try to understand it, you never will. You are the people who feel she owed it to someone to finish.
You can stop , regroup and begin again but very often misjudge exactly what you are capable of which is what I feel happened yesterday.
At the end of the day this is a race, not a matter of national crisis and I feel that yet again, as with anyone....singer, actor, member of royalty, footballer....upon whom we choose to bestow our admiration, we somehow feel we have a right to carp and critisise when we feel they have somehow let us down.
Thanks Bambino. Are there any possibilities of unpleasant or long lasting side effects? ...and can anything 'go wrong' as it were, other than her not responding well to the sedation and perhaps being too aware of what is going on around her?
My 4 year old has to have two molar extractions...(and yes I AM hanging my head in shame). At the moment she loves going to see her dentist who tickles her teeth and rushes into the chair. As someone who is a dentist phobic I have no desire to see her turning into the wreck I am in the chair.
I am unhappy at the thought of a G.A and sedation has been recommended. The dentist doesn't want to do it in the chair with a local anithetic and lose all the trust he has built up.
However I can get little information on the effects of sedation on a young child. Almost every clinic said no but one has said yes. They take them from the age of 3. It is apparently a dental anesthesia clinic.
Does anyone out there know about this and can they tell me about the drugs used and the effects or even side effects? Are there any risks involved?
(I suppose that applies equally to a general anisthetic too actually).
Paula My heart went out to you yesterday. I think more people than you realise understand the pain of that moment when you decided to stop. You let no-one down. You are an amazing athlete. Britain is proud of you and one bad day, even at the Olympics, can do NOTHING to take away the respect you have or the acheivements you have made. Keep going as long as it makes you happy. xx
Sorry, but I think too many of you are just being rotten...but I suppose most of you have never had to watch your lifes' work and passion blow up in your face. How would you all feel if years and years of work leading to one really important job, a perhaps once only chance just turned into a disaster with the world watching. Whether you like it or not this was Paulas life not just a whim. We put her on that pedestal, we go on and on about her when it is all going well. It just shows the meaness in spirit of too many of the british people to start griping less than 24 hours after she stunningly shows us she is human after all. As said before, if you don't like the coverage....don't read it....after all, were you out there...........